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Dr Robert Bourke | Gold Coast Ophthalmologist


Cataract & Retinal Surgeon | Eye Specialist Institute

Eye Specialist Institute is the longest continuously running ophthalmic practice in Queensland, initially established by the late Dr Noel Sampson in 1957. Our practice continues to provide excellent patient care across three Gold Coast locations and caters for a wide range of eye conditions and ophthalmic procedures.

Our commitment to providing an exceptionally high standard of patient care is driven by a world-class ophthalmic surgeon with specialist training in vitreoretinal, macular and cataract surgery, Dr Robert Bourke.

Dr Robert Bourke graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1984. Subspecialty Fellowship trained at the internationally renowned  Eye Hospital and St Paul’s in the United Kingdom (UK), Dr Robert Bourke is a Retinal and Cataract Surgeon specialising in the treatment of conditions affecting the macula, vitreous and retina, including cataracts and refractive lens exchange, retinal detachmentepiretinal membranemacular holeage-related macular degenerationretinal vein occlusioncentral serous retinopathy, and complications of diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy, and complications of diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy.

During this time in the UK, Dr Bourke treated the most complex cases, and gained extensive experience in minimising complications of intraocular surgery. Upon returning to Australia in 1995, he co-founded The Eye Centre Gold Coast and Short Street Day Surgery, offer surgical and Laser treatment to the local community for Cataract, Vitreoretinal and Macular conditions. 

With extensive subspecialty training, Dr Bourke is one of few ophthalmologists who manages all complexities of cataract, macular and retinal surgery. He has a special interest in treatment of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and particularly, the management of Neovascular ARMD (wet macular degeneration). 

Gold Coast local, Dr Bourke is a father of five children and in his spare time he plays lead guitar and sings in a soul/blues band aptly named “Groove Doctor”. He also enjoys spending time surfing and enduring a few rounds of golf. 

Dr Bourke's surgical expertise and continued dedication to remain at the forefront of his field, have made him a reliable community resource for the Gold Coast as well as for referrers throughout Australasia, Europe and the U.S. He is a Board Member of the Clem Jones Research Centre for Stem Cell & Tissue Regenerative Therapies (CJRC) which is actively researching stem cell and nanofibre technology therapies for age-related macular degeneration.

Dr Bourke has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a Guest Lecturer on macular degeneration treatmentdiabetesmacular hole surgery and complex cataract and intraocular lens surgery on multiple occasions at Australian and International Conferences.

Dr Bourke is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology, a member of the Australian Medical Association, and a member of Retinal & Cataract associations in Australia, US, UK and Europe (ASRS, ANZRS, AUSCRS, ASCRS, EVRS).

Address 1 Lake Orr Drive, Level 2 Bermuda Point
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

Tel 1800 111 374
Address 2 Short Street, Ground Floor
Southport QLD 4215

Tel 1800 111 374
Address 72-80 Marine Parade, Level 2 The Strand
Coolangatta QLD 4225

Tel 1800 111 374