Dr Malcolm McKellar


Cataract and refractive surgeon
Eye specialist, diseases of the anterior and external eye

Dr McKellar is an eye specialist. He is the only person in New Zealand trained as both an ophthalmologist (specialist in eye disease and eye surgery) and optometrist (specialist in glasses and contact lenses).


  • 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 conjuctival 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, St Georges Hospital, Christchurch
  • Visiting surgeon, Laservision Eye Clinic, Christchurch
  • Visiting ophthalmologist, West Coast District Health Board, Greymouth, New Zealand
  • Lecturer, General Practice Training Program, Christchurch
  • Vice President, Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand, a society of 562 members

Positions previously held

  • 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 (current Vice President)
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons