- Over 20,000 ocular procedures
Dr. Rehan Riyaz was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He obtained his bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of Manitoba, where he received the Sibyl Inkster Scholarship for having the highest standing in English at the university. He went on to complete his medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He returned to Western Canada to complete five years of ophthalmic surgical training at the University of Alberta, where he served as Chief Resident. He was awarded the Dr. T. Alistair Boyd Prize in Ophthalmology for superior academic achievement in his graduating year.
Dr. Riyaz has performed thousands of ophthalmic procedures, and is the medical director of LASIK MD Winnipeg. He specialized in laser vision correction under the supervision of Drs. Mark Cohen and Avi Wallerstein, two of North America’s most experienced laser refractive surgeons. He has experience with many types of refractive surgery technologies including the Bausch & Lomb Z100 and WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q excimer lasers, the IntraLase All-Laser LASIK platform, and the Bausch & Lomb Hansatome microkeratome. Dr. Riyaz also treats patients with keratoconus using topography-guided custom ablation treatment (TCAT) and Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking with Riboflavin (CXL).
In addition to his work at LASIK MD, Dr. Riyaz practices comprehensive ophthalmology in Edmonton. He is a skilled cataract surgeon, with experience implanting premium intraocular lenses. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Riyaz was recruited as an assistant clinical professor by the University of Alberta, where he trains medical students and physicians specializing in ophthalmic surgery. He instructs residents on a variety of topics, including medical optics, urgent eye care, refractive and cataract surgery.
Accomplishments and Awards
Dr. Riyaz has won numerous scholarships and awards, including the Reg Martiniuk Award for Research, which recognizes excellence in ophthalmology research at the University of Alberta. His research has been published in the peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He has also given numerous presentations at respected conferences, including the Canadian Ophthalmological Society’s annual meeting, and the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare.
Appointed to sit on the University of Alberta’s Residency Program Committee, Dr. Riyaz is involved in the selection and evaluation of ophthalmology residents, and helps to shape the curriculum for the university’s ophthalmology residency training program.
Associations and Professional Memberships
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Canadian Ophthalmological Society
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- International Society of Refractive Surgery
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Saskatchewan & Manitoba
- Canadian Association of University Professors of Refractive Surgery