ABOUT : Dr Hussain Patel MBChB, MD, FRANZCO

Dr Hussain Patel

Based in Auckland, Hussain is an Ophthalmologist with expertise in the field of glaucoma and cataract surgery. His aim is to provide nothing but the best eye care in a personal, warm and caring environment.

Hussain’s passion is to do all he can to prevent loss of vision due to glaucoma. He is adept with the latest technology used in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma. Our medical facility flourishes with state-of-the-art medical, laser and surgical care for glaucoma patients.

Dr Patel is also a skilled and experienced cataract surgeon and he is pleased to be able to restore vision in patients who have cataracts. He is also able to provide complete eye care for common eye problems and diseases.


  • Pursued Higher Education in Medicine at the University of Otago
  • Worked as a junior doctor in Wellington and Auckland including 2 years as a Senior House Officer in Ophthalmology
  • Completed Doctorate of Medicine (MD) research degree in 2004 at the University of Auckland
  • Completed 5 years of advanced registrar training in Ophthalmology in Hamilton and Auckland, which led to Fellowship of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Completed another 2 years of clinical and research fellowship training in glaucoma and cataract surgery in Auckland and Canada (Toronto)

Other Work Activities

In addition to private practice, Hussain is a Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology with the New Zealand National Eye Centre and University of Auckland.  He is actively involved in glaucoma research, supervision of research fellows as well as the teaching of medical and optometry students.

Hussain has published numerous works in peer-reviewed journals and he often gives lectures and presentations at international ophthalmology meetings.

Dr Patel also a Consultant at Greenlane Clinical Centre where he teaches budding ophthalmologists in glaucoma and cataract surgery.

Current Professional Memberships and Associations Include:

On a more personal note

I was born and grew up in Auckland. When I am not working I spend most of my free time with my partner Manou and our daughter Mia. We enjoy spending time with our families and friends in both in Auckland and Wellington. My hobbies include travelling, fishing, going for walks, running and reading.

For more information, referral or an appointment, please contact Eye Surgery Associates today.



Dr Monika Pradhan MS, DOMS, FCPS, MRCOphth


Originally from India, Monika has now made Auckland her home for nearly a decade. She is an Ophthalmologist with subspecialist expertise in Medical and Surgical Retina and Uveitis. She is passionate about providing the highest quality of eye care with a very personalised approach to her patients.

She aims to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all retinal disorders, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and macular holes and membranes. With the use of latest diagnostic equipment and advanced vitreoretinal microsurgery, injections and laser treatments, she strives to prevent visual loss. She is also adept at cataract surgery including complex cases secondary to uveitis and retinal disorders.


  • Monika completed her training in medicine and postgraduate studies in Ophthalmology with the University of Mumbai and the prestigious King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, which is the largest public tertiary referral centre in all of Western India.
  • After moving to the UK in 2003, she underwent further training in Ophthalmology and obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of London.
  • Subsequently she relocated to Auckland and undertook subspecialist fellowship training in Ocular Genetics, Medical Retina and Uveitis and Vitreoretinal surgery.
  • Monika has an exceptional academic background, obtaining Gold Medals in several ophthalmic examinations, including the MRCOphth exams in London and the Diploma in Ophthalmology exams in India.

Work activities:

She has published in several international journals, given lectures at national and international conferences and been involved in research projects investigating various aspects of inherited eye disorders and diabetic retinopathy.
She is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Greenlane Clinical Centre and the Manukau Superclinic where she also teaches Vitreretinal and Medical Retina Fellows, registrars and medical students. She is an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Auckland, through which she maintains her research interests in addition to her clinical work.

Personal life:

Monika devotes her spare time to her two children and pet dogs. She loves music, reading, going to the ballet and travelling.





Another member of the team is Sandie who is my receptionist and helps with the management of my practice.

Sandie can help with any queries you may have and with patient bookings. Her email is sandie@eyesurgeryassociates.co.nz.

About Sandie:
‘I was born in Scotland and immigrated to New Zealand after getting married and having 3 lovely children. I had previously trained as a teacher in Scotland and worked in a school here for 4 years while the children were young. I decided to go back to University and gained a degree in both Clinical and Industrial Psychology. I then worked at Massey University as a Researcher and Tutor for several years after which my husband and I went to live in France for a year. I studied French, wine making and cheese varieties over there. It was wonderful and now love all things French!

On returning from France I began work in the medical industry and have been working with Dr. Patel in his practice in Takapuna for almost a year now. I really enjoy the work and meeting everyone who comes in to have their eyes checked. In my spare time I enjoy doing activities with my 3 beautiful grandchildren, walking and studying French.’





I started working part-time for Eye Surgery Associates in January 2017. I enjoy being part of the lovely team here and meeting the friendly patients that come through our doors.

I have a diploma in Information Technology and worked for many years as an Account Manager and then as a Business Development Manager within the IT sector. I left IT in 2008 and started my own small home-based business, which keeps me very busy when not working at Eye Surgery Associates.

My husband and I have a son and daughter who are growing up way too fast! I enjoy running, reading, and planning our next holiday.