After 6 years of being fully immersed in advanced clinical and surgical training and teaching at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ma completed his internship, residency and a prestigious two-year subspecialty fellowship in customized femtosecond laser vision correction surgery, complex corneal surgery and advanced refractive cataract surgery.
Dr. Ma was accepted into the University of Toronto Medical School at 18 years of age, where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the age of 22. He went on to become board certified in ophthalmology both in Canada and the U.S. As Associate Staff at Harvard Medical School’s prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Dr. Ma practiced and sub-specialized in the most intricate and state-of-the-art corneal, intraocular, refractive cataract and laser surgical techniques. Over the past 13 years and since returning to Toronto more than 11 years ago, Dr. Ma has personally performed more than 25,000 ocular procedures.
Dr. Ma has always been involved in helping to pioneer and set new standards to improve clinical procedures to provide the best possible patient outcomes. While at Harvard Medical School in 2002, Dr. Ma was one of the first surgeons from Canada to begin using the Femtosecond laser to improve surgical outcomes in LASIK surgery. Femtosecond Lasik flaps are now recognized to be the safest and most predictable method of creating a flap, resulting in the best possible vision. In 2005, Dr. Ma was again one of the first pioneering surgeons in Canada to perform DSAEK endothelial lamellar corneal transplantation, a technique that has since become the dominant surgical technique worldwide for treating endothelial dystrophy. Dr. Ma was also one of the first surgeons in the world to begin incorporating the use of Femtosecond lasers in intraocular surgery in 2005, and has given formal presentations of his work internationally. More recently, Dr. Ma was again one of the first surgeons in Canada to begin performing the technically complex DMEK surgery. This procedure involves transplanting only a single cell layer of tissue; potentially resulting in a faster visual recovery, better anatomical reconstruction and better post-operative vision.
Dr. Ma is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, presents regularly at major professional ophthalmic conferences, and has received many academic awards. His research is focused on clinical refractive, cataract and corneal surgery, and has been awarded a number of Best – Scientific – Paper of Sessions (2011, 2013, 2015) and Best – Scientific – Presentation Awards (2011) at the Meetings of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as being nominated for consideration as a Best of the Best at the ESCRS 2014. Most recently, Dr. Ma’s Paper Presentation on “3-Dimensional OCT Morphology to Improve Refractive Cataract Outcomes in Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery” was awarded a Best – Scientific – Paper of Session in April 2015 at the Meeting of the ASCRS, a premiere international meeting for cataract and refractive surgeons.
Dr. Ma specializes in bespoke vision correction procedures with multiple laser platforms as well as the leading edge technology in refractive correction including Intralase LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablation, Intraocular Collamer Lenses (ICL’s), and presbyopic/multifocal/Wavefront optimized lenses.
Dr. Ma is frequently sought after for his medical and scientific expertise in his field, and often consults for multinational ophthalmic companies in various capacities, including scientific and medical advisory boards, as well as serving as chief medical consultant for two wearable medical device companies hoping to improve the lives of patients.
Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Ma speaks fluent Cantonese and has strong roots with his Asian heritage. He has developed a passionate interest in Traditional and Contemporary East Asian Art, after serendipitously discovering the internationally renowned visual artwork of his patients, and has been active in various charitable organizations including contributing to Yee Hong, working with the Mon Sheong Foundation, and as a Director for the Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Toronto.