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NEXTGEN A calling for ophthalmology By Troy Patterson Dr. Harmeet Gill has found balance and satisfaction in assisting both the public and private sectors within the Canadian ophthalmology community. Gill, 39, has been in practice for five years and completed medicine at McMaster University, ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto, and a two-year fellowship training in oculofacial plastic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. He has a branching career path where half his time is spent passing along his knowledge as an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, while also working part-time at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. His other career path sees him work 36 Optical Prism November 2017 as both a functional and cosmetic ocu- lofacial plastic surgeon at his private clinic, the Eye Face Institute. “Ultimately what I found worked for my practice in the last five or six years was the hybrid model," he said. “I find that surgeons that have a hybrid practice between function and aesthet- ics, it's really good because you need both. If you're doing just cosmetics it's not ideal because you learn things when you deal with complex trauma, or cancer reconstruction. And yet if you're just doing functional and you're not focused on all the nuances of su- turing techniques and looking at how you're doing your procedure to deliver thebest cosmetic result, you're missing that.” Oculoplastic surgery involves all of the plastic surgery around the eye and tearduct system, which all impact the function of the eye. At his private clinic, Gill works with a head and neck facial plastic surgeon and as an opthalmologist to offer op- tions that cover that entire area of the face and the eyes. His facility features its own private operating room which, though mostly designed for cosmetic procedures, is equipped to do functional procedures that are impacting the quality of life of patients. "We absorb the costs associated with it, because you just want to get patients treated," he says. Being able to work within a "multiple disciplinary" model for patient care, Gill says he's able to