Athy ambikkumar


For most of his life, Dr. Athy Ambikkumar grew up in the United States, in his hometown of Chicago. Moving to Montreal for his Bachelors degree, he graduated from McGill University with an Honours degree in Computer Science and Biology. He then graduated from medical school at McGill University, before moving to Alberta for his residency training at the University of Calgary’s Ophthalmology Program.

Stemming from his passion for software development, Dr. Ambikkumar has a strong interest in integrating the latest in technology into the clinical practice of Ophthalmology. His current research involves applying concepts in AI, genomics, and the organization of big data. As the co-founder of a tech startup, Remote Optical, he is also constantly seeking out innovative ways to improve global ocular care, medical education, and surgical techniques. He hopes to create solutions that not only improve healthcare, but also provide underserved and/or isolated populations with remote access to medical resources and treatment.

When Dr. Ambikkumar is not spiking on the volleyball court with his friends or hiking up the Rockies, he enjoys spending time coding games and robots! He also plays the Veena, a classical Indian string instrument, and loves having jamming sessions when he’s not in the eye clinic.

2022 – Present OPHTHALMOLOGY RESIDENCY Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2018 – 2022 MEDICAL DOCTORATE (MD) McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2022McGill Graduation Prize: Keenan Memorial Prize in Clinical Surgery
This prize is awarded to the graduating student who showed the highest proficiency in Clinical Surgery
2022COS Paper Awards of Excellence in Ophthalmic Research 3rd Place Prize
Co-author of “Leveraging Machine Learning Techniques to Predict Visual Acuity Improvement in
Response to Occlusion Therapy in Amblyopic Eyes”
2022McGill Nat Christie Scholarship ($2,500)
2022IGNITE Neuro Commercialization Grant – Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives ($50,000)
Remote Optical for “Detection of Neurodegenerative Disorders Using Advanced Ocular Imaging”
2021RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition Semi-Finalist – Remote Optical
2015-2018Hugh Brock McGill Prestige Scholarship ($10,000 annually)
2015-2018McGill Undergraduate Dean’s Honour List
2018McGill First-Class Honours
2018McGill Dean’s Multidisciplinary Research List
2016-2018McGill Tomlinson Engagement Awardee for Mentoring ($1,200)
2017Dr. Feng Qian Scholarship for Excellence in Computer Science ($3,000)
2017McGill Cardiovascular Research Day 1st Place Award ($1,000)
2017McGill McHacks Hackathon 7th Place Prize
2016Faculty of Science Scholarship
2015WTHS Mathematics Student of the Year Award
2014FIRST Robotics Competition Central Illinois Regional Champions

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