Dr. Karim Punja is an Ophthalmic Surgeon sub-specialized in Orbit & Oculofacial Plastic Surgery practicing in Calgary for almost 15 years. Along with his associates, Dr. Punja’s office provides care to a large catchment of Canadians from Calgary, Southern Alberta, Western Saskatchewan and Eastern British Columbia.
Dr. Punja’s expanding practice and office is a center of excellence providing high quality care congruent with evidence-based medicine that is patient centered. As a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and as the Program Director of the Orbit & Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program, he is a strong advocate for education. Education and teaching are an integral part of an advanced patient care model with learners at all levels: high school students, medical students, residents, postgraduate ophthalmologists (Fellows), and research assistants. Office space will be allotted for research and academia.
A native Calgarian, he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta and his medical degree at Queen’s University. He completed a medical internship followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at Queen’s University. Dr. Punja completed additional years of fellowship training in Ocular Pathology at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute as well as an academic fellowship in Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Punja is certified by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, the American Board of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
As a research investigator, Dr. Punja has authored numerous academic articles, book chapters, as well as received research awards from Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa. As an internationally known expert in the field of Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, he is often called upon to lecture and make presentations. Further to these contributions, he is an active participant in training fellow physicians. Dr. Punja earned the distinction as a Paul Kayser International Fellow in 2002 and in 2004 he was honored with Teaching Awards at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Calgary.
Dr. Chirag Shah is a medical retinal specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist. He has completed two fellowships. The first was in Anterior Segment and Refractive surgery at the Gimbel Eye Centre, Alberta and the second in Medical Retina at the University of Toronto, Ontario. His practice areas focus on retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal detachments, retinopathy of prematurity (blinding retinal disease in premature babies), diabetic retinopathy, hereditary eye diseases, and hypertensive retinopathy.
Dr. Shah received the top mark in his ophthalmology residency from Gujarat University, India and was awarded the gold medal in medical school. Dr. Shah has received the Fellow of Ophthalmology certification from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Calgary. Dr. Shah is regularly published as both the lead and supporting the author and a regular public speaker, educator, and presenter. He has presented his research at international conferences and is a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, and Retinal Cases & Brief Reports journals. Chirag teaches medical students, residents, and optometry students.
Dr. Shah has volunteered countless hours at health and eye camps, performing hundreds of surgeries for people who do not have the means or opportunity to otherwise receive health care services.
Through the Blind People’s Association, Dr. Shah has worked to fund equipment to provide comprehensive eye care services in India. Dr. Shah volunteered his time to maintain the highest standards in clinical research and medical care through involvement in the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta-Clinical Trials Committee at Alberta Innovates (2012-2019). Dr. Shah served as a public member, by order of Council of the Government of Alberta, at Bow Valley College (2016-19) and chaired the Community Relations Council. Dr. Shah has served on multiple committees at the University of Calgary and other public organizations.
As an advocate and supporter of education, research and integration of newcomers to Canada, Dr. Shah mentors members of the medical community and supports scholarships at our Post Secondary Institutions.
Dr. Shah is currently accepting retinal and general ophthalmology referrals.