Canadian Medical Association

St. John’s; University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1970; ophthalmology. Died Dec. 12, 2017, aged 70. Survived by his wife Sharon, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Mike spent his career working as an ophthalmologist and pioneered laser eye surgery in Eastern Canada. He was a proud South African, a talented surgeon, a determined entrepreneur and a true intellectual.” The St. John’s Telegram reported: “He completed a residency in ophthalmology at Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1984, and went on to open this province’s first laser eye surgery clinic in St. John’s. Dr. Bense was chief of ophthalmology at the Health Sciences Centre for a period of time, and served on the board for the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He performed more than 30,000 eye surgeries over the course of his career.”

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