Dr. Lindsay McGrath

BAppSci(Optom)(Hons) MBBS MPhil(Ophthal) FRANZCO

Dr McGrath is a Specialist Ophthalmic Surgeon in Brisbane who is passionate about ocular health, and has over 15 years experience in this field. She has a strong relationship with Optometrists, and fosters shared care relationships between doctors and allied health – having practised as an Optometrist prior to pursuing medicine, and having previously served several years on the board of Optometry Australia (Queensland & Northern Territory division).

Dr McGrath obtained her primary medical degree from the University of Queensland. She undertook postgraduate medical and surgical subspecialty training in rural and urban Queensland, and following this Dr McGrath worked in the Orbit, Plastics and Lacrimal Unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. She then embarked on further fellowship training at one of the United Kingdom’s largest ocular oncology referral centres, in Sheffield.


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Australian and New Zealand Oculoplastics Surgeons Society
  • British Oculoplastics Surgeons Society
  • International Council of Ocular Oncology

She is currently the supervisor of training at the Mater Hospital Brisbane, and has steered initiatives to improve the quality of teaching and supervision of registrars in this facility. In her research work, Dr McGrath has extensively studied the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of corneal debridement. Dr McGrath was awarded a Master of Philosophy in Ophthalmology for her publications in this area. Much of her later work has concentrated on tumours of the eye and periocular structures, including eyelids and optic nerve. Her research has been published in well-respected journals worldwide, and she has presented her findings at national and international conferences.

Publications & Posters

Dr McGrath is also
passionate about serving
underprivileged populations
in Australia and overseas.

She has worked in clinics and theatres in central Northern Territory and Queensland to improve access to eyecare for rural and remote patients. She has also performed surgery in Myanmar and Sierra Leone, and has participated in ocular health education trips to Ghana and Tanzania. She looks forward to continuing to foster these relationships and improve training of health care workers for sustainable local management of eye disease.