Michael Kryshtalskyj


Dr. Michael Kryshtalskyj is a Resident Physician at the University of Calgary. He completed medical school at the University of Toronto and undergraduate studies at Western University.

Dr. Kryshtalskyj co-founded the Canadian Ophthalmological Society Foundation’s Eyes on Ukraine Initiative in February 2022 to support the treatment of eye injuries in Ukraine. To date, Eyes on Ukraine has raised over $1 million in donations in ophthalmic equipment, medications, and funds. The delivery of these essential medications and devices to frontline medical units has galvanized a critical link between ophthalmologists in Ukraine and the West, facilitating a host of knowledge-transfer and tele-ophthalmology initiatives, and advancing paradigms in complex ocular traumatology.

For their contributions to ophthalmology and global health, Dr. Kryshtalskyj’s Eyes on Ukraine Initiative was bestowed the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat Award. Dr. Kryshtalskyj holds the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (awarded by the Alberta Minister of Health), and was selected to the Future Leaders’ Forum of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in the United Kingdom. Locally, his work has been recognized with a humanitarian award from the University of Calgary’s Department of Surgery.

Dr. Kryshtalskyj has a passionate interest in orbit and oculofacial plastic surgery. His research portfolio is diverse, investigating topics in ocular trauma, periocular oncology, paediatrics, ptosis, invasive fungal infections of the orbit, and novel devices enhancing the quality of oculoplastic care in low-resource settings.


Outside residency, you can find Dr. Kryshtalskyj in the mountains. Dr. Kryshtalskyj enjoys hiking, skiing (alpine, backcountry and waterskiing), cycling, and flyfishing. He is also passionate about military history, having attended a Canadian battlefields research fellowship in France and Belgium before beginning medical school.

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD): University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (2020).

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) – Medical Sciences and Biology: Western University (2016).

  • Golden Stethoscope Award (U of T Medicine)
  • Lezlie Joan Clow Memorial Award (U of T Medicine): For clinical and research pursuits in vitreoretinal surgery.
  • Class of 2006 ‚Äď Toronto Notes Award (U of T Medicine)
  • Alumni Fund Award (U of T Medicine): For pursuits in medical education and fostering bilingual clinical competency within the Faculty of Medicine.
  • The Scholar‚Äôs Programs Award (Western University)
  • Fellow, Canadian Battlefields Foundation (2016)
  • The Governor General‚Äôs Academic Medal
  • The Duke of Edinburgh‚Äôs Award in Gold

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