Prof. McCartney graduated from Medicine from the University of Tasmania in 1983 and trained in Ophthalmology at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney under Professor Fred Hollows.
He has been head of the Ophthalmology Department at the Royal Hobart Hospital and has held an honorary academic appointment at the University of Tasmania since 1992. He was appointed Clinical Associate Professor in 2011.
Paul has always expressed strong clinical interests in cataract, corneal and refractive surgery. This has led him to continuously seek the best technologies in terms of intraocular lenses and cataract surgery techniques. As a result, he is invited to teach and demonstrate surgery internationally. He has performed live cataract surgery in India in 2009 and in Sydney at the International Conference of Ophthalmologists in 1990 before an audience of 1,000 fellow international ophthalmologists.