Dr Jo Sims
MBChB (Auckland), FRANZCO
MBChB (Auckland), FRANZCO
Jo graduated with a medical degree from the University of Auckland in 1999 before training in general ophthalmology in Auckland and Hamilton. She then underwent two years of post-fellowship subspecialty training in Singapore and Melbourne between 2006 and 2008 in the areas of medical retina and uveitis (inflammatory eye problems).
Jo is the only ophthalmologist in New Zealand to have full sub-specialty training in uveitis and the management of ocular inflammatory disease, and has particular interest in this area (including immune-mediated eye diseases and ocular infections). She currently runs the uveitis clinics for the Auckland region, based at Greenlane Clinical Centre, and provides tertiary care for complicated uveitis patients from across New Zealand.
Jo also has fellowship training and expertise in the field of medical retina including the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. Services provided by Jo at Auckland Eye include fluorescein angiography, OCT, retinal laser, photodynamic therapy and intravitreal therapies for macular degeneration. Additionally, Jo is an experienced small incision refractive cataract surgeon and has a wide experience of general ophthalmology.
Jo has been a fellow of RANZCO since 2007 and is a member of the Uveitis Special Interest Group for Australia and New Zealand, and the Oceania Retinal Association. She regularly lectures and provides clinical teaching to other ophthalmologists and ophthalmology trainees, medical students, hospital physicians, optometrists and general practitioners and is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland. Jo is also a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Trainee Supervisor for junior ophthalmologists and is the RANZCO Qualifications and Education Committee member for the Auckland regional training scheme. In 2009 she received an award from the college for Excellence in Training. Furthermore, she is the ophthalmologist representative on the Quality Committee at Auckland District Health Board.
Jo has provided a medical retina service to the Cook Islands on an annual basis since 2002 and previously spent 3 months running a charitable eye clinic in rural India.
Jo is author, or co-author, of numerous papers mainly in the area of uveitis as well as being co-author of the Atlas of Systemic Diseases and Ocular Signs, Elsevier (Singapore) 2009.
Jo finds her work to be very stimulating and particularly enjoys the interaction with patients of all ages. Many patients that Jo cares for have chronic eye conditions, and require long-term management, and she believes it is essential to have good communication to enable the patient to understand their disease process and treatment options.
Jo’s interests outside of ophthalmology include running and she has recently completed her first marathon in New York, and now has her sights set on a second marathon in Paris. She also enjoys tramping and other outdoor activities, and spending time with her two young nieces.