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DSM staff profile

Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson

QualificationsMNZM JP BSc(Manc) FBOA PGDipTertT FRANZCO(Hon)
PositionAssociate Professor and Associate Dean (Postgraduate Education)
Research summaryRehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted

Gordon teaches third, fourth, and fifth year undergraduate students and postgraduate ophthalmology and has a keen interest in innovation in medical teaching.

In 2006 Gordon received the Dean's Senior Staff Award for Quality in Teaching in the Dunedin School of Medicine.

In 2010 Gordon received the Best Clinical Demonstration Award and the Best Lab Demonstrator Award at the Dunedin School of Medicine.

In 2013 Gordon received an Otago Teaching Excellence Award.

Gordon is currently Associate Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Dunedin School of Medicine.


Gordon's research interests include physiological optics, ocular electrophysiology, paediatric low vision, contact lenses, and rehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted.

His related interests include being former Chairman of the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, Chairman of the New Zealand National Eye Bank and a Director of the New Zealand Save Sight Society, Director of Glaucoma New Zealand and Chairman of the Ministry of Health's New Zealand Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Group.

Gordon was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 2003, the first optometrist to have received this honour. He was awarded an MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to people with visual impairments. He won a University of Otago senior staff award for quality in teaching and was appointed as an adjunct professor of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006.

Gordon spent 2007 on sabbatical studying ocular forensics in Canada and the United Kingdom. He is currently writing a book on the topic.

Gordon is the course coordinator for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences and coordinates the papers OPHX 803 Ophthalmic Optics and OPHX 804 Practical Ophthalmic Basic Sciences. He also initiated the MOphth degree at Otago in 2005.

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