Associate Professor John Lee


Associate Professor is the Head of Illawarra Ophthalmology and one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in Australia. His priority is to provide excellence in vision with the highest level of safety. Professor Lee introduced cataract surgery under topical anaesthesia to the Illawarra. This eliminates many of the complications that can occur with injections for anaesthesia prior to cataract surgery. Professor Lee performs all his cataract surgeries by this method.

Professor Lee is also a comprehensive ophthalmologist and provides a service for patients with glaucoma,  macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease,  eyelid surgery and  paediatric eye disease.

He operates at the Wollongong Hospital, Shellharbour Hospital, Wollongong Private, the Wollongong Day Surgery, and Shellharbour Private Hospitals.

Associate professor Lee regularly works and teaches in developing nations in Asia and Africa. He is a keen, competitive surf ski paddler and together with his wife is an active member of St Michaels Anglican Church Wollongong.

Dr Michelle Gajus


Dr Gajus has been working at the practice since 2006.

She studied Medicine at the University of New South Wales, graduating with first class honours. She decided to study ophthalmology as she is fascinated by the eyes.

She trained at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in Melbourne. She trained in all medical and surgical aspects of ophthalmology. In her final year there, she worked as the Senior Registrar and the Risk Manager of the RVEEH.

Dr Gajus now works exclusively in the Illawarra with admitting rights at the Wollongong and Shellharbour Public Hospitals, as well as Wollongong Day Surgery and Figtree Private Hospital.

Besides English, Dr Gajus is fluent in Indonesian. In her spare time she is involved with the local church and loves learning new things, spending time with her family and dog, and enjoys art and music.


Dr Yves Kerdraon

MBBS, BSc(Med)(Hons), MBiomedE, FRANZCO

Dr Kerdraon joined our practice in 2007. After completing medical school at the University of Sydney, he trained at the Sydney Eye Hospital. In 2006 he furthered his training with a cornea fellowship in the United Kingdom. As well as general eye health and surgery including the removal of cataracts, Dr Kerdraon performs specialised operations such as corneal transplants. Dr Kerdraon lectures at the University of Sydney and is a consultant ophthalmologist at public hospitals and the Save Sight Institute in Sydney. Dr Kerdraon is fluent in English, French and Spanish. In his spare time he enjoys cycling and bushwalking.

Dr James Leong

BMedSc, MBBS (Hons), MMed (OphthSc), FRANZCO
Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Medical Retina Specialist

Dr Leong completed his medical training at The University of Sydney where he graduated with honours and was awarded the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Prize. He first served the Illawarra area when he completed his internship and resident year at Wollongong Hospital. After completing a Masters of Medicine Dr Leong undertook his specialist ophthalmology training at Sydney Eye Hospital.

Dr Leong has since completed two international fellowships including the Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship associated with the University of British Columbia, Canada and a Medical Retina Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London UK. At present he is a Vitreoretinal consultant at Sydney Eye Hospital.

Having both medical and surgical retina expertise Dr Leong has a particular interest in age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, macular holes, epiretinal membranes and retinal detachments.

Dr Rajiv Shah


Dr Shah has been working in the Illawarra region since 2002 and has joined the practice in 2017.

He grew up in Figtree and attended Figtree High School before studying Medicine at Sydney University. He finished his Ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital in 2000 and then undertook further sub speciality fellowship training in Glaucoma at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. He returned to Sydney and the Illawarra in 2002.

Rajiv now practices in Sydney ( Eastwood, St Vincents, Bankstown) as well as Wollongong. He is a visiting medical officer at St Vincents and Bankstown Hospitals. He also operates at Wollongong Day Surgery. He has extensive experience in all aspects of anterior segment eye surgery including complex small incision cataract surgery, pterygium surgery and glaucoma surgery ( including MIGS or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery).

Rajiv is married with 3 children and enjoys playing golf and tennis in his spare time.

Dr Simon Nothling

BSc(Med), MBBS (Hons1)  FRANZCO

Dr. Simon Nothling specialises in Medical Retina and Uveitis. He graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2001 with First Class Honours. Prior to his Ophthalmology training, he worked for 4-5 years as a Medical Senior House Officer in Australia and the United Kingdom in various medical specialties, such as Rheumatology and Neurology.

He began his general Ophthalmic training in 2009 at Sydney Eye Hospital, which lasted 4.5 years. After his training in Sydney, he then undertook a Medical Retina and Uveitis fellowship at the world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.   This fellowship lasted 12 months during 2013/14. At Moorfields, he gained considerable experience managing medical retinal conditions such as Age Related Macula Degeneration, Retinal Vein Occlusions and Diabetic Retinopathy, as well as Uveitic and inflammatory conditions of the eye. Simon has also been involved in various large international ophthalmic trials during his time at Moorfields.

Simon is also an experienced cataract surgeon, and gained extensive experience during his training with both standard and complex cataract surgery.

Outside of work, Simon is a very keen sportsman. He played club rugby union in Sydney for quite a few years, and is a recent Australian surf swimming champion. Surfing is also one of his passions and he has surfed some of the best surf breaks in the world. He has also worked voluntarily as a doctor in some of the remote islands of Indonesia and Fiji.