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Mark ElderClinical Associate Professor



Mark's interests are in cornea and external disease, paediatrics and cataract surgery.

He is the Ophthalmology convenor for the 5th Year undergraduate programme: Orthopaedics and Advanced Medicine.

He was recently HOD for the Department of Ophthalmology, Christchurch Hospital and served on the Christchurch Hospital Management Committee and the Credentialing Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Staff Association.

Mark has held many College positions including Examiner (for the last 16 years), Chair of the Education and Qualification Committee and more recently, Senior Inspector and Chair of the Board of Pathologists.

He sat on the Overseas Trained Specialist assessment panels for Ophthalmology both in NZ and Australia for many years.

He undertook postgraduate studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London.

He also worked at the St John Ophthalmic Hospital, Jerusalem and was the Hospitaller for New Zealand. He is a Commander of the Order of St John. He has been a consultant to UNICEF and worked in Bosnia during the war.

He has published over 50 first name papers, 16 book chapters, written one book.


Hung, Y.-C., Morris, A., & Elder, M. (2019). Anticoagulation and cataract surgery. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1500), 25-28. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B. A., Elder, M., Kimber, B., Martin, J., & Horwood, L. J. (2018). Visual outcomes of untreated retinopathy of prematurity in young adults born in 1986. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 54(Suppl. 1), (pp. 15). doi: 10.1111/jpc.13881 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Darlow, B. A., Elder, M. J., Kimber, B., Martin, J., & Horwood, L. J. (2018). Vision in former very low birthweight young adults with and without retinopathy of prematurity compared with term born controls: The NZ 1986 VLBW follow-up study. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 102, 1041-1046. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-311345 Journal - Research Article

Darlow, B., Elder, M., Kimber, B., Martin, J., & Horwood, L. J. (2017, November). Visual outcomes of untreated retinopathy of prematurity in young adults born in 1986. Verbal presentation at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, Christchurch, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Elder, M. J., Rawstron, J. A., & Davis, M. (2017). Hyperbaric oxygen in the treatment of acute retinal artery occlusion. Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine, 47(4), 233-238. doi: 10.28920/dhm47.4.233-238 Journal - Research Article

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