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Dr. Cynthia Qian

Invited Speaker
Participates in 6 items

Cynthia X. Qian is currently a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and the head of the electrophysiology laboratory and the pediatric retina service at the University of Montreal. 

Dr. Qian completed medical school at McGill University. She then went on to finish residency at the University of Montreal where she was chief resident and graduated as the school valedictorian. During this time, she was a Rhodes Scholar finalist for the Province of Quebec and also received the Forces Avenir Personality of the Year award for her implication in International Medicine and Volunteer work.


She received the CNIB EA Baker Fellowship Award and the Besner Valois Fellowship Award and completed dual fellowships in surgical retina at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School in Boston and in inherited retinal diseases at the Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan respectively. 

She is the current Vice President of the Canadian Retina Society, the chair of Royal College Retina AFC committee, and the provincial representative for Quebec in Ophthalmology at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and a member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), AAO, the American Society of Retina Specialists, ARVO, and PAAO.

Her main research interest is in clinical trials on new therapies in inherited retinal diseases. She is an expert on pathologies of the pediatric retina and on retinal dystrophy. She is the first university-designated clinician-scientist in the department of Ophthalmology in over ten years.

She is an official spokesperson for the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. She has been recognized for her ground-breaking work both as a leader in medicine and in clinical ophthalmology. She was chosen as the Young Physician delegate representing Canada at the Young Physician Leaders forum at the World Health Summit in Berlin in 2017. She has also been voted as “The Young Professional of the Year” by the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal in 2018 and as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2019 and was one of the speakers chosen to present her work at the inaugural University of Montreal TEDx Ophthalmology event in 2021.


Financial disclosure: I have/had an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a for-profit and/or a not-for-profit organization:

  1. Allergan
  2. Bausch and Lomb
  3. Bayer
  4. Novartis
  5. Roche

Sessions in which Dr. Cynthia Qian participates

Saturday 11 June, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-04:00) Atlantic Time (Canada)
6:30 AM
6:30 AM - 8:00 AM | 1 hour 30 minutes
Co-Developed Symposium

Innovation in Retina Research Award Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this symposium, participants will be able to:Identify innovative Canadian retina research proposals and their intended benefitDescribe how using digital innovations in ophthalmology can optimize patie...

6:45 AM
6:47 AM - 6:55 AM | 8 minutes
RetinaCo-Developed Symposium
7:00 AM
7:02 AM - 7:10 AM | 8 minutes
RetinaCo-Developed Symposium
7:15 AM
7:17 AM - 7:25 AM | 8 minutes
RetinaCo-Developed Symposium
10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

Learning ObjectivesAt the end of this session, participants will be able to:Assess and manage vitreoretinal lymphomaDescribe the choroidal changes in the treatment of diabetic retinopathyIntegrate new concepts in retinal detachment managementCanMEDS Roles: Medical Expert, Scholar 

2:10 PM
2:10 PM - 2:17 PM | 7 minutes
Ocular Regenerative Medicine

Sessions in which Dr. Cynthia Qian attends

Thursday 9 June, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-04:00) Atlantic Time (Canada)