Dr. Fatimah Gilani


Dr. Fatimah Gilani is a board-certified ophthalmologist both in Canada and the United States. Educated on three different continents, she brings international perspective to her medical practice and to Operation Eyesight Canada’s Board of Directors.  

Dr. Gilani attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and subsequently completed her medical internship at the Baystate Medical Center, a hospital affiliated with Tufts University. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Arizona, followed by a medical retina fellowship at Northwell Long Island Jewish Hospital and the Vitreous Retina Consultants of New York. She is trained in the management of cataracts and anterior segment refractive surgery procedures. She also specializes in the management of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, infectious and inflammatory retinal diseases, and other vitreoretinal disorders.  

“As an ophthalmologist, seeing the difference the gift of sight makes in someone’s life is the most rewarding part of my job,” Dr. Gilani says. “I’m excited to be part of a global community that impacts not only the lives of individuals, but entire communities, regions and countries.”  

Dr. Gilani is also involved in clinical research and has authored a number of journal and magazine articles. She grew up in Kenya and throughout her medical career has maintained an interest in alleviating blindness in low- and middle-income countries and has participated in charitable work in Kenya, Pakistan, Vietnam, Mexico and Honduras.