Vitreoretinal Surgeon & Physician, Specialist Ophthalmologist

Dr Ian C Reddie is an internationally published scientific author and an acknowledged expert in the field of medical and surgical retina and ocular inflammatory disease.

In addition to his private practice, Dr Reddie also serves the community through his work at the Townsville University Hospital, where he serves as the Department of Ophthalmology’s Clinical Director. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at James Cook University.

After completing specialist and fellowship training in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, Dr Reddie returned with his family to Townsville in 2012, bringing his surgical and diagnostic expertise to serve the people of North Queensland. He is a strong advocate for the local availability of services that are taken for granted in capital cities.

Dr Reddie is a native North Queenslander with deep family connections to the region. As a child, his family were tin miners in the remote Kangaroo Hills district, before moving to the area between Richmond and Winton where they operated a succession of sheep properties.

Before studying to become a doctor, Dr Reddie had a successful career as a solicitor in Brisbane, where he worked at McCullough Robertson – then Queensland’s largest independent law firm.

In 1998 Dr Reddie was admitted to study medicine at The University of Queensland, graduating in 2001. He was President of the University of Queensland Medical Society in 2000.

Before commencing specialty training, Dr Reddie worked as a rural generalist at the Gympie and Atherton hospitals, as a GP trainee.

Dr Reddie was accepted into the ophthalmology training programme at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, Sydney. He also worked at the Sydney Childrens’ and Sydney Eye Hospitals. During his four years of training in Sydney, his surgical aptitude and commitment to excellence was recognised and fostered by his teachers: after completing his final specialist exams, he was encouraged to undertake an additional two years of sub-specialist training in medical and surgical retina at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and subsequently at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital in Melbourne.

Education and training

Retinal Fellowship: Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Retinal Fellowship: Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Ophthalmology Residency: Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Medical School: The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 2001
University: Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia – Bachelor of Laws (LLB) 1993

Special interests and expertise:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular hole
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Diabetic retinopathy including surgery for complex tractional detachments
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Routine and complex cataract surgery including premium IOLs
  • Management of ophthalmic surgery complications
  • Inherited retinal dystrophies and degeneration
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Uveitis and inflammatory eye disease
  • Ocular trauma
  • Complex eye disease including previous surgery
  • Sutured intraocular lens for aphakia
  • Ocular oncology and intraocular tumours
  • Indigenous eye health


  • Fellow, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
  • Member Australian & New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists (ANZSRS)
  • American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS). Read Dr Reddie’s profile on the ASRS website >>
  • American Society for Ocular Trauma