A/Prof Nitin Verma AM is a practicing Ophthalmologist in Hobart, Tasmania, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Medicine; University of Tasmania and is the Head of Ophthalmology at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Nitinâ€™s work is in the areas of anterior segment, oculoplastics, telemedicine and medical retina. But close to his heart are development programs and eye-care delivery in remote and disadvantaged regions of the world, which he does in his â€˜spare timeâ€™. Starting with eye care for leprosy patients in his student days, he went on to address the cataract backlog in rural India during the eighties, eye-care delivery in PNG and in Aboriginal communities during the nineties, and in East Timor since 2000. He is the founder and coordinator of the East Timor Eye Program.
Currently, Nitin is a Board member of RANZCO, the RANZCO Eye Foundation and Foresight Australia. He serves on various committees of the Macular Degeneration Foundation, St Johns Ambulance and the Specialist International Medical Graduate committee of RANZCO. He is the president of Tasmanian Medical Volunteers.
Nitin has received awards for his work including the Order of Australia, Order of Timor Leste, Hobart Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Service awards from RANZCO and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. He was a Tasmanian finalist for Australian of the year in 2013.
Nitin is the Honorary Consul for Timor Leste in Tasmania and is involved with various programs to assist Timor Leste in its development by fostering closer ties between the two countries.