Rosa Braga-Mele MD is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Ottawa Medical School. She then completed her residency at the University of Toronto. She went on to complete her Masters Degree in Higher Education with areas of specialty in curriculum development and patient-physician communication skills. She has a special interest in Professionalism including biomedical ethics and communication issues and has published papers and given symposia in these areas. She is Director of Professionalism and Bio-Medical Ethics for the department of Ophthalmology at U of T.
Dr. Braga-Mele is a cataract specialist and educator who speaks frequently at both the national and international level on advanced surgical techniques and innovations in the area of phacoemulsification surgery and complicated cataract cases and IOL development. She was voted by her peers as one of the top 50 opinion leaders in cataract and refractive surgery. She has over 150 published abstracts and papers. She has also been involved in clinical trials pertaining to wavefront IOL’s and multifocal IOL’s and phacoemulsification surgery.
Dr. Braga-Mele serves as the Chair of the Education Clinical Committee (2015–present) for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and is a member of the Governing Board and Program Committee for ASCRS. She was Chair of the Cataract Clinical Committee for ASCRS from 2011–2015. She was an active member of the AAO Special Programs Committee from 2007–2011, and in 2015–2016 was part of the AAO Cataract Preferred Practice Patterns committee. She was also the chairperson for the cataract section of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) meeting for 2004, 2005 and 2006. She sat on the executive committee and was a board member for the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as chairperson for the annual meeting for the years 2003 and 2004. She is Cataract Section Editor for EyeWorld and is on the editorial board of other ophthalmic publications.
She was the inaugural Research Director at the Kensington Eye Institute in Toronto from 2007–2012. She was appointed Cataract Director at the Kensington Eye Institute in May 2013.
She is involved in the resident surgical teaching curriculum development and implementation at the University of Toronto. She has won multiple teaching awards both at the undergraduate and resident levels for her teaching and mentorship abilities including the Silver Needle award in 2003, 2007 and 2012 for best resident surgical teacher. She was given the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Achievement Award in 2007 for distinguished volunteer service and the AAO Secretariat Award in 2012 for special contributions to the Academy and ophthalmology out of proportion to others and making a difference in her efforts. She has recently been awarded the AAO Senior Achievement Award in 2013 for volunteer services.