Speakers

 

 

 
 

Mr Tariq M Aslam (ROA), MB.Ch.B, MA(Oxon), FRCSEd., DM (Oxon), PhD

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Co-Director
Manchester University IOVS MSc Course

Reader
Manchester University

 

Tariq Aslam began his medical training at Oxford University and completed his fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital specialising in medical retina and Reader at the University of Manchester. His first research doctorate from Oxford University involved clinical trials in ophthalmic surgery and subsequent PhD from Heriot Watt University investigated technology applications in ophthalmology. Both of these utilised his skills in computer programming and his most recent led to a prize for the best PhD across all University disciplines and an award of a Professorship. His current research explores many clinical interests in retina including psychological aspects and the potential for computerised and technological enhancement of patient care including novel device development. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications, predominantly as lead author, a number of patents and is an investigator on multiple commercial as well as investigator lead studies. His research has led to a spin-out medical technology company with awards for social impact, which is his ultimate research goal.

 

 
 

Mr Gibran Butt

Medical Research Council Clinical Research Fellow
University of Birmingham 

Gibran studied medicine at King's College London, graduating in 2013 after completing a MSc in the Biology of Vision at the Institute of Ophthalmology in 2012. He completed the Academic Foundation Program in the West Midlands, following which he completed the Academic Clinical Fellowship program in Ophthalmology in the West Midlands. In his current role his research interests include understanding the mechanisms involved in corneal fibrosis, ocular surface disease and anterior segment OCT imaging.

  

 
 

Mr Mark Cahill, MCh, MMedSci, FRCSI (Ophth), FRCOphth, FEBO

Consultant Eye Doctor
The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and Beacon Hospital

Mark is a Consultant Eye Surgeon with a special interest in retinal diseases at The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and Beacon Hospital. Mark is also the clinical lead for Global Vision, which provides photography and grading services for Diabetic Retina Screen, the national diabetic retinopathy screening programme run by the National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS). Mark qualified at the University College Dublin. After completing higher surgical training in Dublin and Cork, Mark undertook a one-year fellowship in diabetic retinopathy at the Beetham Eye Institute in the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Harvard University hospital in Boston. Whilst there Mark participated in research on novel treatments to prevent vision loss in patients with diabetic eye disease. Subsequently Mark completed a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship in Duke University at the Duke University Eye Centre. After working as a Consultant Eye Surgeon in Duke University Eye Center Mark returned to Ireland in 2004. A large part of Mark’s practice involves treating patients with diabetic eye disease.

 

 
 

Professor Usha Chakravarthy, MBBS, FRCOphth, PhD, CBE

Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Queen's Belfast
Consultant in Ophthalmology
The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Usha Chakravarthy is recognised internationally for research into the molecular mechanisms of AMD and Diabetic retinopathy her current work has focused on improved phenotyping of AMD and DR and understanding the therapeutic responses to drugs in interventional clinical trials. She has served on editorial boards of many journals including IOVS, Eye, Ophthalmic Epidemiology and international and national award bodies. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 2016 in recognition of her research and her clinical activities within the NHS and the academic role within the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

 

 
 

Yvonne Delaney, MB BCh BAO, MRCPI, FRCOphth, MSc Med Ed (RCSI)

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology, Mater University Hospital Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Bons Secours Hospital Dean of Postgraduate Education, Irish College of Ophthalmologists

Miss Yvonne Delaney completed her medical education at the University College Dublin, Ireland (MB BCh BAO, 1984-1990) and achieved membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in 1993 before pursuing a career in Ophthalmology. She entered the specialty initially in Ireland before entering and completing Higher Surgical Training in Ophthalmology in Oxford and becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London (FRCOphth 1996-2002). She returned to Ireland to take up a Fellowship in Glaucoma, with Prof. Colm O'Brien, Mater University Hospital, Dublin (2003-2005). She went on to practice Ophthalmology, with an interest in the specialty of glaucoma, as Senior Clinical Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the Mater University Hospital and as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Bons Secours Hospital Dublin. In 2008 she became vice-Dean of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists, Dublin. She completed a Masters in higher medical education in the RCSI in 2012 and became Dean of Postgraduate Education in 2013, a role she continues in 2018. Her interests are in Glaucoma: Optic nerve head perfusion Postgraduate Medical Education.

 

 
 

Mr Samer M. Elshabiny

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Machen Eye Unit, Warwick Hospital

Having qualified from Sheffield in 1993, Samer Elsherbiny trained in general surgery, general medicine, accident and emergency and neurology before starting his training in ophthalmology. After starting his training in Glasgow and Leeds, he then joined the specialist registrar rotation in the West Midlands, and in 2004 was appointed Consultant at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre (BMEC), with a specialist interest in retinal diseases. Despite this specialist interest, he also continued to oversee a large volume of general adult ophthalmology and was responsible for over 10,000 patient episodes annually. In 2017, he moved to the Machen Eye Unit in Warwick. Samer has co-authored numerous publications and has many areas of interest within ophthalmic practice, the most prominent of which is workforce development and education and training. In 2016, he was awarded a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Birmingham. After holding a number of administrative roles within the BMEC, he has spent more time recently as an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has been invited as an examiner overseas. He is now focusing on collaborative education and training programs in developing countries. His external duties include being ophthalmology advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

 

 
 

Mr Johannes Keller, MD FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Bristol Eye Hospital
Partner
South West Eye Surgeons 

Johannes is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Bristol Eye Hospital and a partner of South West Eye Surgeons, Clifton. His area of expertise is in retinal disease, carrying out over 300 yearly retinal operations and looking after patients with vascular and degenerative retinal diseases. He has trained in the UK, Barcelona and Australia, spending 2 years working as retinal surgery fellow at the Sydney Eye and Bristol Eye Hospitals. His experience with OCT started in 2005 working with research physicists developing novel applications and evolved through neuro-ophthalmic clinical research to today's daily clinical practice.

 

 
 

Mr Vasilios Papastefanou, MD, PhD, ASIS FRPS, MRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Medical Retina Service, Royal London Hospital

Vasilios completed his basic training in Athens, Greece. He has completed two Medical Retina fellowships at St. James' University Hospital in Leeds and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, a two year fellowship in Ocular Oncology in St. Bartholomew's Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and a fellowship in Oculoplastic, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He is currently a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal London Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has over 20 peer reviewed publications and over 80 presentations in national and international meetings. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist. He has been working extensively on Swept Source OCT and Swept Source OCT angiography since 2014 originally on the Atlantis and subsequently on the Triton Platforms.

 

 
 

Mr Jonathan C. Park, MBChB (Hons), BSc (Hons), FRCOphth 

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust 

Mr Park is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a specialist interest in cataract surgery, medical retina and surgical retina. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK. Mr Park holds a permanent Consultant NHS post at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton where he provides NHS care for complex cataract surgery, trauma and the care of a wide range of medical and surgical conditions. Mr Park is the clinical lead for NHS diabetic retinopathy screening in Somerset and the digital lead for the Ophthalmology department at Musgrove Park Hospital. He is recognised by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists as both a clinical and educational supervisor. Mr Park qualified as a doctor from the University of Bristol in 2005 with honours in medicine and surgery. He completed an additional year of research to be awarded an honours degree in anatomical sciences. Mr Park then completed seven years of Ophthalmic surgical training in South West England. Following this, he completed an internationally respected retinal specialist fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada. This provided extensive experience in the treatment of retinal disorders at the largest retinal unit in North America. Mr Park’s main research areas include infections after retinal surgery, virtual reality eye surgery and intra-vitreal injection services. He has acted as an invited speaker on national research at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists annual congress and completed by invitation expert journal article reviews. Mr Park has been the chief and principal investigator for both national and international research studies and his research studies have received both national and international funding awards. Mr Park has presented his research at over 60 conferences across the UK, Europe and North America. He has published over 30 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of three ophthalmic textbooks.

 

 
 

Mr Tariq Saboor

 

 

 

 
 

Mr Nishal Patel, MD FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Medical Retina Specialist/Honorary Senior Lecturer East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust/Kings College London  

Mr Patel also provides a comprehensive general and specialist ophthalmic service at the Kent and Canterbury and William Harvey Hospitals. The training he has received for this experience is through world class rotations in Central London and South East and South West London at the prominent respected establishment Moorfields Eye Hospital and at King’s College Hospital and School of Medicine.

Mr Patel has established his reputation as a world recognised ophthalmologist with collaborations in local, regional, national and international academic institutions. He is interested in general ophthalmology, cataract surgery and is highly skilled and qualified in specialist retinal diseases particularly age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, uveitis (iritis) and genetic retinal diseases having significant experience in OCTA, OCT laser and injection therapy.

He has set up clinical trials at this Trust and is a chief investigator in several local and multi-centre trials for diseases affecting the retina, publishing extensively in this field. Mr Patel is a kind dedicated eye surgeon who takes pride in knowing that his patients are fully informed and kept abreast of modern investigations and treatments.

 

 
 

Mr Andrew J. Tatham, MD, FRCOphth, FRCSEd

Consultant
Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion

Andrew is a consultant at Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion Edinburgh, where he specialises in cataract and glaucoma surgery. He has a particular interest in delivering safer laser and surgical treatments and was the first surgeon in Scotland to perform the iStent, Xen, Cypass and Microshunt glaucoma procedures. Andrew is an NHS Scotland Research Clinician at University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on home IOP monitoring, new methods of drug delivery, optic nerve and retinal imaging, and development of new tools for visual field assessment. Andrew is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Scientific Committee and editor of the College’s Focus series. He is also an editor of International Glaucoma Review, the journal of the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) and contributor to the WGA Consensus series. He has a keen interest in education and is a member of the European Glaucoma Society (EGS) communication committee. He is also a module lead for the University of Edinburgh Primary Care Ophthalmology MSc. In his spare time Andrew is a classifier for the British Paralympic Association. Andrew is a past recipient of the ARVO Innovative Research Award, Tenovus Scotland Lady Illingworth Award, Pfizer Ophthalmic Fellowship, Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ Fould’s trophy and was awarded the highest score in Europe in his Board examination. He also holds a European Society of Cataract Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) specialist certificate in cataract and refractive surgery. In the last 12 months he has been invited to lecture in Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Ireland and the United States, and has been invited to deliver keynote lectures by the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Ophthalmic Imaging Society.

 

 
 

Dr Garry Treacy

Community Ophthalmologist
Medical Optics in Bray and Fairview

Dr Garry Treacy works as a full-time community ophthalmologist at Medical Optics in Bray and Fairview. He qualified in Medicine in 1972 and became a general practitioner in 1977. In 1984 he changed to the speciality of ophthalmology. He is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and sits on the Council of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists. He has a special interest in vision driving standards and is a past member of the RCPI Working Group on Traffic Medicine and its Vision Standards’ subgroup. He has a special interest in glaucoma management. 

 

 
 

Mr. Ali Yagan, MD. MSc. (Ophth) PGCert (Med Edu.) FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Neuro Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Surgery
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

Ali graduated from Aleppo medical school in 1997, he later joined the ophthalmology postgraduate training programme where he achieved a Masters in Ophthalmology degree in 2001. 

He came to the UK in 2002 and did his higher specialist training until 2008, then returned to Syria and worked as a consultant in ophthalmology until 2011, providing expertise and education to colleagues in Syria.

Due to the civil war in Syria, Ali returned to Manchester to complete a specialist fellowship in neuro ophthalmology and strabismus in 2011-2012. He also became a fellow of the Royal college of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and a member of the UK neuro ophthalmology special interest group (UKNOSIG).

Since 2015 Ali has been a consultant in neuro ophthalmology and strabismus surgery in Manchester performing complex squint assessments, botox injections and surgeries as well as dealing with various neuro ophthalmology conditions affecting the visual pathways and ocular motility. He is also a clinical supervisor training doctors in neuro ophthalmology, squint and cataract surgeries.

Ali has several papers, posters and presentations in the UK and abroad on ophthalmology in general and neuro ophthalmology in specific. 

 

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