Dr Michael Stephen Loughnan was born in Melbourne in 1959, educated at St Bede’s College Mentone, and graduated from Monash University with honours, winning high distinctions in medicine and surgery, and the Prince Henry’s Hospital Senior Medical Staff award for the top graduating student.
He completed a doctorate at the University of Melbourne under Professor Sir Gustav Nossal.
Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) was followed by a Corneal Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard University, Boston, USA.
He returned from Boston to the Melbourne University Department of Ophthalmology as a Senior Research Fellow and worked at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital as a Senior Staff Specialist at the Corneal Clinic for 23 years where he served as both Chairman of the Eye Section and Senior Medical Staff.
He and a fellow ophthalmologist founded the Victoria Parade Surgery Centre (VPSC); one of the largest eye day surgery centres in Australia. He, along with the clinical director, established the visiting subspecialty teaching program facility for the Pacific Eye Institute, a training organisation for South Pacific ophthalmology trainees in Suva, Fiji, a Fred Hollows Foundation facility. He worked there for over 10 years as a visiting teacher.
He has published over 25 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has authored an
internationally published textbook on diseases of the front of the eye, the second edition of which was released in May 2011. He presented the first sustainability focused paper at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology national meeting, the Green Clinic, in 2010. He continues to work in sustainability in eye surgery and environmental regeneration.