Claffy Lecturers

Francis Claffy


Francis (Frank) Claffy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1933 before interning at the Sydney Eye Hospital, setting him on a career path dedicated to ophthalmology and eye health.

During World War II, Frank was commissioned as Major, serving in Malaya with the 22nd Brigade AIF. While a prisoner of war, Frank proved his professionalism, compassion and resilience, with fellow prisoners reporting his work to be “legendary” for the the long hours he worked “examining and recording the ocular lesions resulting from avitaminosis and general malnutrition”. Frank spent his internment treating and recording the effects of nutritional diseases on the eye, which he published after his release.

Frank’s commitment to the establishing the Hospital as a teaching centre was pivotal and was the first Director of the Department of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health at the University of Sydney.

On his death in 1979, Frank left a considerable bequest to both the Society of St Vincent de Paul and the Department of Eye Health Research at the University of Sydney.

Citation: Mellor, Lise (2008) Claffy, Francis Patrick. Faculty of Medicine Online Museum and Archive, University of Sydney.

2017

Dr David Squirrell
University fo Auckland
Diabetic Retinopathy in 2017

2016

Associate Professor Matt Thurtell
University of Iowa
Nystagmus and saccadic intrusions

2015

Professor Sue Lightman
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
TB and the Eye

2014

Professor John Dart
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Immunosuppression / Cicatrising conjunctivitis

2013

Professor Tony Moore
Duke Elder Professor of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL London. Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist Moorfields Eye Hospital and Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street. Director of Paediatric Ophthalmology Service Moorfields Eye Hospital
Childhood macular dystrophies – genotype, phenotype and prospects for therapy

2012

Professor Paul Foster
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Angle Closure glaucoma – a classification system

2011

Mr Brian Leatherbarrow
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester
Assessment and management of the adult patient with the watery eye

2010

Professor David Maberley
Vancouver Canada
Diabetic Retinopathy Review

2009

Dr Gordon Plant
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
The Eye in Migraine

2008

Professor Doug Coster
Flinders University Adelaide
Professor Michael A. Thiel
Lucerne, Switzerland
Professor Michael Stern
Researcher at Allergan, Inc USA in Inflammation

2007

Professor S. Ohno
The place of Molecular Genetics in clinical ophthalmology today
Professor N. Rao
Insights into the pathology of inflammatory ocular disease
Professor Jean Jacques Delaey
Vascular tumours and malformations of the retina and optic disc

2006

Mr I. Chris Lloyd
Congenital cataracts - surgery and treatment options
Dr Kathy McClellan
Atopic Eye disease
Professor David Taylor
Optic nerve hypoplasia: The development of the optic nerve and the genes that control it: clinical aspects

2005

Mr Geoffrey Rose
The Lacrimal Paradox - what is "success" in lacrimal surgery

2004

Professor Creig Hoyt
Does Delay In Visual Maturation Exist? "I Think Not!"
Professor Peter Savino
New Concepts In Management Of Giant Cell Arteritis

2003

Dr Bill Aylward
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Treatment and prevention of PVR

2002

Professor Doug Coster
Dr Kathy McClellan

2001

Professor Creig Hoyt
University California San Francisco
Dr David Taylor
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London UK

2000

Professor William Lee
Dr Gottfried Naumann

1999

Jon Currie
Multiple Sclerosis as seen through the eyes of the Neuro-Ophthalmologist

1998

Professor Doug Coster
Flinders University Adelaide

1997

Mr Richard Collin
Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Ptosis Surgery
Brian Leatherbarrow
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester
Surgical aspects of thyroid eye disease

1996

Professor Ron Klein
From Hypothesis to prevention: Hyperglycaemia and diabetic retinopathy
Professor Barbara Klein
Evidence of Oestrogen effects on age-related eye disease

1995

Professor Roger Hitchings
Moorfields Eye Hospital London

1994
Claffy Lecture 1994

Dr Peter Wright (Head Corneal Unit Moorfields Eye Hospital) Dr Carolyn Ross, Dr Phillip Hayes, Prof Billson 1994

Mr Peter Wright
Moorfields Eye Hospital London

1993
Claffy Lecture 1993

Prof McCluskey, Professor Paul Mitchell, Prof Billson , Professor Sue Lightman (Institute of Ophthalmology Moorfields Eye Hospital) Dr Jenny Danks, Dr John Downie 1993

Professor Sue Lightman
Moorfields Eye Hospital London

1992

Mr Tony Moore
Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge UK
Professor Creig Hoyt
University California San Francisco

1991

Professor David Epstein
Director of the glaucoma consultation Service from 1982 to 1991
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School Boston USA

1990
Claffy Lecture 1990

Prof Billson, Professor John Elston, (Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oxford Eye Hospital) Dr Ralph Higgins (Chair SEH Medical Staff Council) 1990

Professor John Elston
Consultant Ophthalmologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer,
University of Oxford

1989
Claffy Lecture 1989

Dr Michael Giblin, Prof Billson, Professor Frederick Jacobiec and Dr Michael Lawless 1989

Professor Frederick A. Jakobiec
Willard Williams Professor, Harvard Medical School,
Director, David G. Cogan Laboratory of Ophthalmic Pathology

1988
Claffy Lecture 1988

Professor Arthur Jampolsky (Founder, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, CA.USA) 1988

Professor Arthur Jampolsky
Founder, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute,
UCSF, San Francisco, CA

1987
Claffy Lecture 1987

Professor Frank Billson and Professor Harold Henkes 1987

Professor Harold Henkes
Professor of Ophthalmology in Rotterdam
Foundation member of ISCEV 1958

1986
1985
1984
1983
1982

Inaugural Claffy Lecture as part of Sydney Eye Hospital Centenary celebrations
Professor Marshall Parks
George Washington University Washington DC USA