Dr LaHood’s career pathway – qualifications and training
As the top ranked entrant into the prestigious Otago Medical School in New Zealand, Ben graduated with distinction in 2007. He went on to complete his Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology in 2011 graduating with distinction and being the only graduate awarded all three prizes in Ophthalmic anatomy, physiology, and optics from the University of Sydney.
Ben then undertook subspecialty training in refractive surgery in Adelaide, Australia where he was mentored by Professor Michael Goggin to become an authority on astigmatism management, premium IOL implantation and laser vision correction.
Returning to New Zealand after his fellowship, Ben practiced as an ophthalmic surgeon in Auckland. There he specialised in refractive and cataract surgery, Ocular Surface Disease and the management of Keratoconus. With considerable expertise in the full suite of laser vision correction technology he was responsible for optimal vision outcomes for a wide variety of patients.
In 2020 Ben relocated to Adelaide, Australia to continue his career and is currently practicing privately at Adelaide Eye & Laser Centre and ParkView Day Surgery as well as seeing public patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Ben is committed to learning, and research. He is frequently invited to speak on ophthalmic topics including cataract and refractive surgery worldwide as well as holding the position of Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.
Degrees and Educational Positions
- MBChB (distinction)
Otago University 2007
- PGDipOphth (distinction)
Otago University and Sydney University 2011
- Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Adelaide
Current practicing positions
- Senior Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at Adelaide Eye & Laser Centre
- Senior Ophthalmologist – cataract and refractive eye surgeon at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Senior Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon at ParkView Day Surgery