Ahsen HussainMD FRCOphth

Associate Professor

Email: ahsen@dal.ca
Phone: 902-473-2307
Fax: 902-473-2839
Mailing Address: 
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
QEII Health Sciences Centre
2035-2 West Victoria Building
1276 South Park Street

Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9
Research Topics:
  • Eyelid and orbital oncology
  • Facial nerve palsy
  • Lacrimal surgery
  • Paediatric oculoplastic surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery


  • MBChB (The University of Manchester, UK)
  • FRCOphth (The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK)

Research interests

My research interests include eyelid and orbital oncology, facial nerve palsy, paediatric oculoplastic surgery and lacrimal system disorders. Current projects include:

  • Children’s fornix project at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
  • Aetiology of primary acquired nasolacrimal duct obstruction in adults
  • Ultrasonic paediatric dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) surgery
  • Computer-assisted surgery (surgical navigation) in the orbit

Selected publications

  • Progressive optic nerve glioma: orbital biopsy technique using a surgical navigation system. A Hussain, M Wan, D DeAngelis. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Bell’s facial nerve palsy in pregnancy: a clinical review. A Hussain, C Nduka, P Moth, R Malhotra. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 37 (4), 409-415
  • Orbital cellular blue nevus complicated by malignant melanoma. A Hussain, M Sidiropoulos, S Das, DG Munoz, N Nijhawan. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Endovascular Management of a Traumatic Infraorbital Pseudoaneurysm Causing Orbital Compartment Syndrome. VC Leung, A Hussain, T Krings, D DeAngelis. Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • National survey of the management of eye emergencies in the accident and emergency departments by senior house officers: 10 years on—has anything changed? D Sim, A Hussain, A Tebbal, S Daly, E Pringle, A Ionides. Emergency Medicine Journal 25 (2), 76-77

Selected awards and honours  

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists Ethicon Foundation Award
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists Dorey-Lister Award
  • Completion of research fellowship in oculoplastic surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • University of Manchester Joseph Ellis Scholarship 1997-2002


  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS)
  • Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (CSOPS) – candidate member
  • American College of Surgeons
  • University of Toronto Alumni Association
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK