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Eye Care Team

Ophthalmologists

Dr. Catherine Birt MA, MD, FRCSC

Affiliate scientist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M1 302A
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5


Phone: 416-480-5882
Fax: 416-480-4481

Office Manager: Mary Ghazalian
Phone: 416-480-6053
Fax: 416-480-4481
Email
mary.ghazalian@sunnybrook.ca

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Medical Receptionist: Mary Wu
Phone: 416-480-6053
Fax: 416-480-4481
Email: mary.wu@sunnybrook.ca

Ophthalmic Assistant: Gilbert Covera

Dr. Birt is a fellowship-trained glaucoma sub-specialist, taking care of glaucoma across the spectrum of disease. She is also a cataract surgeon.

Glaucoma surgery (including laser procedures) are done at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, while cataract surgeries are done both at Sunnybrook and at the Kensington Eye Institute.

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Administrative Assistant: Christine Girdharry
Phone: 416-480-6053
Fax: 416-480-4481
Email: Christine.Girdharry@sunnybrook.ca

Education:

  • BA, 1984, psychology, Queen's University, Canada
  • MA, 1985, psychology, University of Toronto, Canada
  • MD, 1989, University of Toronto, Canada
  • FRCSC, 1994, ophthalmology, Canada

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Affiliate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Staff physician, department of ophthalmology and vision sciences, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Associate professor, department of ophthalmology and vision sciences, University of Toronto

Research Focus:

  • Glaucoma

Research Summary:

Dr. Birt’s research focus is glaucoma, including studies of new medications, imaging technologies and the results of laser and surgical procedures. She is looking at the efficacy of selective laser trabeculoplasty (a type of microsurgery for glaucoma) in different populations. She is also studying the results of bleb needling (a procedure to restore to fluid drainage and lower eye pressure) in two patient populations. She is also conducting phase 3 and 4 drug efficacy trials in partnership with industry.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Kent S, Hutnik CML, Birt CM, Damji KF, Harasymowycz P, Si F, Hodge WG, Pan IY, Crichton A. A randomized clinical trial of selective laser trabeculoplasty versus argon laser trabeculoplasty in patients with pseudoexfoliation. J. Glaucoma. 2013. [Epub ahead of print.]
  2. Boimer C, Birt CM. Preservative exposure and surgical outcomes in glaucoma patients: the PESO study. J Glaucoma. 2013. [Epub ahead of print.]
  3. Bower TN, Muhsen S, Overbury O, Birt CM, Kasner, O. Canadian ophthalmologists' opinions concerning complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2013. [Epub ahead of print.]
  4. Buys YM, Jan YP and the Canadian Glaucoma Risk Factor Study Group. Socioeconomic status as a risk factor for late presentation of glaucoma in Canada. Can J Ophthal. 2013 Apr;48(2):83–87.
  5. Cao KY, Kapasi M, Betchkal JA, Birt CM. Relationship between central corneal thickness and progression of visual field loss in patients with open-angle glaucoma. Can J Ophthalmol. 2012 Apr;47(2):155–8.