MB ChB 1997 Otago; FRANZCO 2007


Sarah took a circuitous route to ophthalmology, initially studying maths at Victoria University in Wellington. On completion of her maths degree she spent a few years training and working in film as an assistant editor. She then took another career turn and went to medical school in Otago and completed her clinical years in 1997 in Wellington through the Otago Medical School. During her time in Wellington she also completed a one year research degree in public health. Sarah then moved to Auckland Hospital as a junior doctor and spent a three month rotation in ophthalmology - she fell in love with the specialty and has been working in ophthalmology ever since.

As well as her adult retinal work Sarah has an interest in retinal problems of childhood and is involved in the screening programme for Retinopathy of Prematurity at Auckland City Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is a member of a number of ophthalmological societies including Oceania Retina Association, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. Sarah has a commitment to teaching and spends time with junior ophthalmologists and undergraduate students. She is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland. She has just completed a study examining the undergraduate teaching of ophthalmology for medical students in the UK.


  • Cataract Surgery
  • Vitreo-Retinal Surgery
  • Medical Retina Specialist

Title or Designation


Full NZ Registration Date

2 December 1998

Vocational Scope


Contact Details

Dr Sarah Welch is available at the following services:

This service is available at the following location:

Greenlane Clinical Centre

Phone 0800 774 898
Outpatient appointments and surgical bookings (09) 638 0400 or scheduling@adhb.govt.nz 
GP/ External Specialist Help Desk (09) 307 2800
Mental Health Services 24 Hour Crisis helpline 0800 800171

Private Services

Auckland Eye Ltd

This service is available at the following locations:

8 St Marks Road, Remuera, Auckland

Totara Health, 1 McCrae Way, New Lynn, Auckland