Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Maryam Abtahi

Ophthalmologist – MD MEd FRCSC

Dr. Abtahi is a faculty member at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. She joined the Department of ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute in 2017 and, since then, has been involved in teaching residents, medical students and ophthalmic technician students. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine in Iran and was trained as an ophthalmologist. She then completed a second residency at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute where she served as chief resident. She obtained her FRCSC certificate in 2017 and then completed a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Alberta. She has also completed a Masters of Education Concentration in Health Professions Education from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society and Canadian Glaucoma Society (CGS). Her practice includes cataract and glaucoma surgery at iCare Surgical Center. She is part of the ophthalmology group at the Riverside campus of the Ottawa Hospital and provides cataract and specialized glaucoma care and surgery at the Riverside Eye Care Center.

Dr. Adil Bhatti

Ophthalmologist – BSc MD FRCSC DABO

Dr. Adil Bhatti is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  In 2014, Dr. Bhatti joined the Department of Ophthalmology at The University of Ottawa Eye Institute.  He has taken on the role as Medical Educator for the department and is involved in teaching both medical students and residents. Dr. Bhatti specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery and medical retina.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the Kinesiology Co-operative program at the University of Waterloo on the Dean’s Honours List.  He then went on to obtain his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto.  Following medical school, Dr. Bhatti completed his residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute where he served as Chief Resident and received the Department of Ophthalmology Teaching Award.  After three years of practice, Dr. Bhatti decided to pursue his passion for treating diseases of the retina and completed the Queen’s University Retina Fellowship in July 2017-2018. He is a member of the Canadian Retina Society.

Dr. James Farmer

Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Pathology – MD FRCSC FRCPC

Dr. James Farmer Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Adjunct Associate Professor (cross-appointment) Department of Molecular and Laboratory Medicine Queen’s University; Assistant Professor Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine University of Ottawa, Assistant Professor (cross-appointment) Department of the Ophthalmology University of Ottawa. Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Smith-Kettlewell Institute of Visual Science and University of California(1983-1984);  Residency: Anatomic Pathology, University of Ottawa (1990), Residency: Pathology, University of Vermont (1987), Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Ottawa (1983), Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Ottawa (1980), Medical School: University of Ottawa (1979). Current President of the Canadian Ophthalmic Pathology Society and Ocular Pathology Section Editor of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Natalija Ilic

Optometrist B.Sc. OD

Dr. Ilic studied Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a B.Sc. with High Honours. During her studies, she did research on antimicrobial resistance, molecular biology and genetics and, after graduating, focused on melanoma followed by inflammatory responses in cystic fibrosis. Dr. Ilic then attended the University of Waterloo, receiving her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2014. During her studies, she trained at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, a veterans hospital, where there was a focus on ocular disease and therapeutics. She has traveled with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to provide eye care access to a community in Peru. Dr. Ilic is a committee member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario and is a current member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Ottawa Society of Optometrists. Dr. Ilic provides eye care in English as well as Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.   

Dr. Cody Li

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist – BScH MSc MS MD FRCSC

Dr. Cody Li practices comprehensive ophthalmology with interests in cataract surgery, cornea/external diseases, glaucoma and medical retina. He graduated from Queen’s University with duo Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Life Sciences in 2009, Master of Science degree in Physiology in 2011, and Doctorate of Medicine degree in 2016 when he was awarded the Dr Avi Wallerstein Award in Ophthalmology. He had also spent a year in Chicago, completing a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine in 2012. Dr Li then completed his residency training at McGill University in 2021, where he served as chief resident and was awarded the Resident Cataract Surgery Skills Award and the Highest Academic Achievement Award in his graduating year.

Dr. Li is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Li is a native of Ottawa and feels very fortunate to be able continue his career in his hometown. He provides ophthalmological care in English, French and Mandarin.

Dr. Lindy Mackey

Optometrist – B.Sc. OD

Dr. Mackey completed her Bachelor of Honours Science and Doctor of Optometry Degree at the University of Waterloo where she graduated in 2018 on the Dean’s Honour List. During her studies, Dr. Mackey completed an externship at the Lexington Veteran Affairs Medical Centre in Kentucky focusing on the treatment and management of ocular disease including glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. She has traveled with the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to participate in a charitable eye care clinic in Moldova. Dr. Mackey is currently a council member with the College of Optometrists of Ontario and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Ottawa Society of Optometrists. 

Dr. Annie Soucy

Optometrist – B.Sc. OD

Dr. Soucy completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa in 2007 and in 2011 graduated on the Dean’s Honours List from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. In 2014, Dr. Soucy was awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Optometry and the Ottawa Society of Optometrists. She has served in several volunteer roles with organizations related and unrelated to optometry, including providing eye care on three charitable trips abroad over her career.

Dr. Michael O’Connor

Ophthalmologist – MD FRCSC

Dr. O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.  He completed his Master’s (1997) and Medical degrees (2001) at Queen’s University in Kingston.  He went on to complete his residency training at the University of Ottawa in 2006, followed by a University of Toronto Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Hospital for Sick Children.  In 2007, he joined the Department of Ophthalmology in Ottawa as a staff surgeon, dividing his time between paediatric and adult practice.  He has served as the President of the Canadian Orthoptic Council (2012-2015) and President of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (2017-2019).  From 2007 to 2016, he directed pre-clerkship Undergraduate Ophthalmology Teaching for Anglophone students at the University of Ottawa Medical School. Among his distinctions for excellence in clinical teaching at the post-graduate teaching level, he is a three-time recipient of the PARO Teaching Award. He is currently the Department Chief of Ophthalmology at CHEO and is the Director of the Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship.

Dr. Solin Saleh

Pediatric Ophthalmology, Adult Strabismus, and Cataract Surgery – MD FRCSC

Dr. Solin Saleh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She specializes in pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus and cataract surgery. Dr. Saleh obtained her undergraduate and medical training at the University of Saskatchewan and subsequently completed her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Saleh then attended Stanford University where she completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus. She has a passion for clinical and surgical teaching and was awarded The Department of Ophthalmology Teaching Award twice during her residency. Dr. Saleh also has a strong interest in clinical research, having published numerous peer-reviewed articles, presented at national and international conferences, and received several research awards. She cares for both pediatric and adult patients, with special interests in strabismus and cataract surgery in both populations.

Dr. Kevin Smith

OphthalmologistB.Sc MDCM FRCSC

Dr. Kevin Smith is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in Ophthalmology. A Montreal native, he has been in private practice in Ottawa since 1992 as an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon, averaging 1200 cataracts and 1200 oculoplastics procedures each year. Dr. Smith earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics, a Diploma in Management and an M.D.C.M. from McGill University, where he was active in varsity football (quarterback, 1975-1979), intramural basketball and volleyball, and was a member of the McGill Medicine Band.

Dr. David Zackon

Neuro-Ophthalmologist – MD FRCSC

Dr. David Zackon obtained his Doctor of Medicine and completed his residency both at the University of Ottawa. His practice focus is Neuro-Ophthalmology and has completed fellowships in this field at the University of Iowa and the University of Toronto.