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Dr Malcolm McKellar


Dr Malcolm McKellar

Dr Malcolm McKellar

Cataract and refractive surgeon

Eye specialist, diseases of the anterior and external eye


Malcolm is an eye specialist. He is the only person in New Zealand trained as both an ophthalmologist* and optometrist.* Malcolm has a wealth of experience in helping patients who have conditions that affect the ocular surface and anterior segment of the eye.

Malcolm is a New Zealander with strong rural roots and connections. He initially trained as an optometrist and then as a medical doctor, finally specialising in ophthalmology. After further sub-speciality training in Israel and England he returned to Christchurch in 2001. Malcolm’s work focuses on vision restoration and correction through cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange, laser eye surgery and corneal transplantation. He is an expert in the treatment of dry eye, allergies and eye tumours.

* Ophthalmologists specialise in the surgical and medical treatment of eye disease. Optometrists specialise in the provision of spectacles and contact lenses, screening for eye disease and the medical management of some eye conditions.


  • Specialty training – Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland, New Zealand
  • Subspecialty training – Jerusalem, Israel, and Manchester, England

Subspecialty interests

  • Routine and complicated cataract surgery, including toric and multifocal intraocular lenses
  • Corneal disease and transplantation including lamellar corneal grafting
  • Laser correction of refractive error – LASIK and PRK
  • Surgical correction of refractive error – phakic intraocular lenses and refractive lens exchange
  • Surgery and chemotherapy of conjunctival tumours
  • Surgery of tumours of the iris
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Medical management of disease affecting the eye surface – dry eye, allergic conjunctivitis and blepharitis

Positions currently held

  • Consultant ophthalmologist, Dr Malcolm McKellar Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Visiting surgeon, Christchurch Eye Surgery, Christchurch
  • Visiting surgeon, Laservision Eye Clinic, Christchurch
  • Lecturer, General Practice Training Program, Christchurch
  • Member, PHARMAC ophthalmology subcommittee
  • Reviewer, Eye section, New Zealand Formulary
  • “Honorary Teaching Fellow” affiliated with the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Auckland

Positions previously held

  • Chair, Christchurch Eye Surgery
  • Visiting ophthalmologist, West Coast District Health Board, Southland District Health Board
  • Consultant ophthalmologist, Christchurch Eye Department
  • Clinical lecturer, Christchurch School of Medicine
  • Lecturer and examiner, Auckland School of Optometry


  • Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand (past president, life member)
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Recent achievements

  • 2018. Life Membership, Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand
  • 2012. President, Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand
  • 2011. President, Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand
  • 2010. First New Zealander to implant a Cachet® phakic intraocular lens
  • 2008. NZ Health Innovation Award for management of patients requiring cataract surgery
  • 2008. Development of NZ allogeneic serum eye drop program
  • 2007. Awarded honorary Paul Harris fellowship by Rotary
  • 2007. First New Zealander to implant a Verysise® phakic intraocular lens
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