LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2020

Simon P. Holland, MBChB (Hons) Rhod, FRCS, FRCSC, FRCOph, MRCP(UK), DABO

Simon P. Holland, MBChB (Hons) Rhod, FRCS, FRCSC, FRCOph, MRCP(UK), DABO

Dr. Simon P. Holland is a clinical professor in the Cornea Division at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. He is also the research director at the Pacific Laser Eye Clinic in Vancouver and the Chair of ORBIS Canada.

Dr. Holland was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where he completed his initial medical training. He graduated with honours in Medicine and went on to complete an internal medicine residency in the UK in 1978 and an ophthalmology residency at UBC in 1982. He obtained specialty certification in Canada (FRCSC) and in the UK (FRCS) in 1982 and obtained American Board of Certification in 1984.

From 1982 to 1986, Dr. Holland served in the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), after which he completed a 4-year (1986–89) fellowship in the Corneal and External Disease division at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, followed by a Refractive Surgery fellowship in 1987 at the Institute of Ophthalmology in London, UK. He has been a member of the faculty at UBC for corneal, cataract and refractive disorders since 1990.

Dr. Holland’s contributions include being chair of the Canadian TASS Task Force, co-chair of the Canadian International and Public Health Committee, and volunteering as a lecturer and external examiner for East African Ophthalmology College, in Moshi, Tanzania from 2006–2010. In addition, Dr. Holland has received the Senior Honor and Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Grant Taylor Humanitarian Award from CSCRS, the Mentor of the Year (2018) award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Honorary Membership Award from the Canadian Medical Association in 2019. Dr. Holland has also been an active volunteer for ORBIS, and has served as faculty, board member, and vice president of ORBIS Canada.