Dr. Murray McFadden is a specialist in Ophthalmology focusing on Cataract Surgery and Lens Implantation for the majority of his career. Dr. Murray attends many seminars and wetlabs in the field of laser refractive surgery to keep his knowledge current. It is important to him that he provide objective information and let you make your decisions accordingly.

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The logo above is an adaptation of the ancient Egyptian symbol for the sky god Horus. The modern version - a capital letter "R" with an "x" on the tail of the R (Rx) used by physicians and drug stores on their prescriptions - is the one you are probably most familiar with. The eye of Horus is also called the Sacred Eye and is the most common and most mysterious of countless Egyptian symbols.

According to a myth about the phases of the moon, the wicked god Seth plucked out the eye of Horus and tore it to bits. But the wise god Thoth stuck it back together again - as if it were just a cracked grain of barley. And so each part of the eye became a hieroglyphic sign for a fraction used in measuring out bushels of grain: for 1/2; for 1/4; for 1/8; for 1/16; for 1/32; for 1/64. When the fraction symbols are put together, the marvelously restored "sound eye" looks like the symbol shown in this paragraph. (Note that if you add up the fractions, your answer is only 63/64. The missing 1/64 was the bit of magic needed for cement, the miraculous stuff that makes a dead eye shine again with life!)

If you wish to read more, the previous paragraph is an excerpt taken from "Ancient Egypt, Discovering its Splendors, Pathways to the Gods by Virginia Lee Davis, page 155" published by the National Geographic Society in 1978.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Murray McFadden

  • Ophthalmic Surgeon and Consulting Ophthalmologist
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Department of Ophthalmology

Academic Degrees

  • B.Sc. - 1968 University of Alberta (Chemistry)
  • M.D. - 1970 University of Alberta
  • FRCS(C) - 1980 University of British Columbia (Ophthalmology)
  • DABO - 1981

Undergraduate University:

  • University of Alberta - 1964-1970
  • MD 1970 graduating class standing 2 of 96
  • LMCC 1971

Significant Employment and Post Graduate Training

  • 1967 - 1976 Canadian Armed Forces
  • 1970 - 1971 Rotating Internship - Former St. Joseph's Hospital Victoria: B.C. (Now Victoria General Hospital)
  • 1971 - 1972 General Duty Medical Officer - Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.
  • 1972 - 1973 Fleet Medical Officer - H.M.C.S. Provider
  • 1973 - 1975 - Operational Physiologist - Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (D.C.I.E.M.) Toronto, Ontario -Research responsibilities in Diving/Submarine Medicine and Aviation/Altitude Medicine & Lecturer Aviation Medical School
  • 1975 - 1976 -Medical Resident Victoria General Hospital, Dalhousie Medical School Internal Medicine Program.
  • 1976 - 1977 - Medical Resident II - Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto Ontario, U of T Internal Medicine Program
  • 1977-1980- Ophthalmology Resident- UBC
  • 1980 FRCS(C) - Canadian fellowship exam -95th percentile standing
  • 1980-present- Practicing Ophthalmic Surgeon

Military Qualifications

  • Retirement 1976-rank Major.
  • Basic Military Medicine 1971
  • Ships Diving Officer 1972
  • Diving and Submarine Medical Officer 1974

Athletic Achievement

  • 1958 - 1968 Competitive Swimmer- Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club (LASC)
  • Golden Bear (U of A Swim Team )
  • U of A -4 time Letterman &
  • Captain U of A Swim Team. (1968)

Current Hospital Appointments

  • Langley Memorial Hospital-Active Staff
  • Vancouver General Hospital- Courtesy Staff

Medical Associations

  • BCMA
  • CMA
  • AAO
  • ISRS
  • COS


  • 1. Gray, G.W., McFadden, M., Houston, C.S., and Bryan, A.S. "Changes in the Single Breath Nitrogen Washout Curve on Exposure to 17, 600 Feet", Journal of Applied Physiology Vol. 39, #4, October 1975, pages 652-656 (DCIEM 74-RP-1071)
  • 2. Gray, G.W., Bryan, A.C., Freedman, H.H., Houston, C.S., Lewis, W.F., McFadden, M., and Newell, G., "The Effect of Altitude Exposure on Platelets", Journal of Applied Physiology Volume 39, #4, October 1975, pages 648-651 (DCIEM 75-RP-1094)
  • 3. Gray, G.W., Viol, G.W., Sutton, J.R., McFadden, M., and Keone, P.M., "Plasma Cortisol in Acute Mountain Sickness", Clinical Research 1975.
  • 4. McFadden, D. Murray, Houston, Charles S., Arnold, David, Sutton, John R., Powles, A.C. Peter, and Gray, Gary W., "High Altitude Retinopathy," Supplement to Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, April 1979, page 169.
  • 5. Sutton, John R., Houston, Charles S., Mansell, Anthony L., McFadden, D. Murray, Hackett, Peter M., Rigg, John R.A., and Powles, A.C. Peter, "Effect of Acetozolamide on Hypoxemia During Sleep at High Altitude", New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 301, #24, December 13, 1979, page 1329.
  • 6. McFadden, D. Murray, Houston, Charles S., Sutton, John R., Powles, A.C. Peter, Gray, Gary W., and Roberts, Robin S., "High Altitude Retinopathy", Journal of the American Medical Association Vol. 245, #6, February 13th, 1981, pages 581-586.

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