Professor U Than Aung

Prof. Than Aung
M.B.B.S ( Ygn) DO ( Lond), FRCS(Ed)
Former Professor/Head, University of Medicine 1 Yangon
EC Member, Myanmar Academy of Medical Sciences,
Honorary Professor, University of Mandalay
HP:                    0943202992
Address:           77 B, University Avenue, Bahan
                         Yangon, Myanmar    

Events   Overseas

Summary of Travel and participation in Overseas events  2016
 22-25 March 2016   - Travel to Taiwan  APAO

Year 2016   Events in Myanmar

Visit to Naypyitaw   -     27 October 2016
May 2016

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,

Ministry of Health

Department of Health Professional Resource Development and Management

University of Medicine, Mandalay

Certificate of Honour

Be it be known that the University of Medicine, Mandalay has honoured

Professor Than Aung

as Honorary Professor at University of Medicine, Mandalay on May 31, 2016

 Professor Khin Maung Lwin,


  University of Medicine, Mandalay

Year 1972
The President and Fellows of the The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh hereby admit to the
Fellowship of the College

Than Aung

who has completed the required form of training and passed the necessary examinations. He is hereby entitled to share all the honors and privileges enjoyed by the Fellows of the said College Ophthalmology Date 18 October 1972


 Year 1976 Phay in Chauk_1976

                    Eye Surgeon, Trachoma  Control Program Chauk   1976


Year 1983
PhayFieldVisit_1983 MOH   Seminar Falam    February 1983


This is to certify that
completed a course of Instruction in
from March 1988 to September 1988
provided by the British Government as part of its Technical Co-operation Programme
Date September 1988

Year 2007

Myingyan November 2007
Year 2014

October 2014 at Yangon Eye Hospital

Year 2015
Sayargyi U Than Aung; Honorable Professor in Ophthalmology at MOH; appointed officially April 2015.
EC Member,  Myanmar Academy of Medical Sciences.
June   2015 
Reference  Notes
  note by May Aye
Professor Dr. Than Aung is generally regarded as the founder of modern Ophthalmology in Myanmar because of his prominent leadership in ophthalmology after 1991. In 1991, Professor Dr. U Than Aung succeeded Prof. U Myint Thein who retired form the post of professor and chairperson of postgraduate study of ophthalmology. At that time there was only one professor post in ophthalmology in Myanmar. In 1991, an aeroplane of Orbis International landed at Yangon International airport. If the chief of ophthalmology is not opened minded, establishment of subspeciality cannot be possibleDr. Than Aung invited Professor Dr. Robert Rich, Professor of Glaucoma from New York University to give training of glaucoma sub-specialty in 1994. Since 1994, Professor Dr. Robert Rich, and his team visit Yangon Eye Hospital every other year for glaucoma sub-specialty training to Myanmar Ophthalmologists. Dr. Fujita, a world famous cataract surgeon from Japan visited Myanmar twice a year since 2000 to teach phaecoemulsification, so that we can have opportunity to learn phaecoemulsification, form an eye surgeon with world wide reputation.   Oculoplastic team from National University of Singapore visited Yangon Eye Hospital in 2005 and 2006 for Oculoplastic training. Professor Dr. U Than Aung also discussed with executives of Singapore Overseas volunteers Organization ( SOV) to sponsor the teaching activities of Singapore National Eye Center in Myanmar. Under sponsorship of SOV, faculties form National Eye Centers came to Yangon Eye centers for 5 cycles, within 2 years to teach updates in corneal and retinal specialties in 2005 and 2006.  


Articles by Than Aung FRCS Ed
Vision 2020 – The Right To Sight
MAMS Monograph 2012 February 2012, Myanmar Academy of Medical Sciences

Strengthening Eye Centers as a base of increasing Cataract Surgical rate in Myanmar

Compiled and edited by Ko Ko and Than Aung, with contributions from Mya Aung,

Kan Nyunt, Tin Win and Khin Nyein Lin

Eye care in Myanmar, published in Ocular Surgery News  July 15, 1993
Ophthalmology was one of Myanmar's earliest medical specialties  and included in the undergraduate medical curriculum.  Ophthalmology was taught to all medical students during the last three-month program, which includes approximately 15 hours of theory and  60 hours of practice in an eye department. In 1964, preventive ophthalmology was introduced with the establishment of the Trachoma Control programme ,to address the problem of blindness due to trachoma in the country's central dry zone. In 1965, a new eye,ear,nose and throat hospital was established in Yangon. With nearly 100 eye beds  and 2 ORs , surgical output increased drastically Another eye hospital was established in Mandalay in 1973, further enhancing the nation's ophthalmic programs Post graduate training in ophthalmology was introduced at the Yangon Eye,ENT Hospital in1972, making it possible to train more ophthalmologistsat less cost while encouraging more academic activities in the hospital It began with q diploma course which was phased out when a master's  course  was offered in 1981. The courses are a two-year residency training program requiring a dissertation. The program covers basic sciences as they relate to ocular anatomy, physiology, pathology and optics as well as clinical and surgical ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology and clinical refraction. Additional Advances include the formation of an Eye bank Committee in 1992 with the objective of establishing a fully equipped and staffed National Eye bank to meet the increasing demand for quality controlled corneas. A  program to promote eye donation has already begun.  


Family and Friends

Happy Birthday 28 November 2015


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