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Richard Packard MD DO FRCS FRCOphth

Richard Packard

Richard Packard has been director of Arnott Eye Associates, the internationally recognised centre for ophthalmic excellence, since the retirement of Eric Arnott in 1999.

He trained at the Middlesex Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street, the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Moorfields Eye Hospital. In 1979 as Senior Registrar at Charing Cross Hospital working under Eric Arnott he first started to perform minimally invasive phacoemulsification surgery for the removal of cataract. It had been Eric Arnott who introduced phaco to Europe in 1973 but very few people there were doing this technique routinely until the late 1980s. Richard Packard in 1981 published the first description in the medical literature of the use of a folded soft lens in cataract surgery. Since then he has continued to teach phaco techniques as well as being involved in the development of new intraocular lenses, phaco machines and other instrumentation. He has lectured in over 50 countries and is currently involved with the move to micro-incisional cataract surgery.

He is senior surgeon at the renowned Prince Charles Eye Unit in Windsor from where most of his research in cataract and lens surgery has emanated. He was a board member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons from 1999-2007, member of the Cataract Clinical Committee of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery from 2004-2008 and is now on their Programme Committee. He has chaired the ESCRS Video Competition Judging Panel since 2000. He is on the Education Committee of ESCRS and runs the Cataract Surgery Didactic Teaching Course. He is on the peer review panel for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Eye, the British Journal of Ophthalmology and the Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology and regularly contributes to ophthalmic journals.

He is currently Chairman of the Association of Ophthalmologists of the UK and deputy chairman of the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations. This last is an overarching body that has most of the professional medical and surgical organisations as members and is involved in healthcare in the independent sector

Richard Bowman MA MD FRCOphth

Richard Bowman

Richard Bowman is a Consultant Ophthalmologist who specialises in paediatric ophthalmology including cataract, child and adult strabismus (squint/lazy eye) and neuro-ophthalmology (child and adult).

He currently works as a Consultant at Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health Whipps Cross NHS Trust. He is also an Honorary Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital, an Honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health and a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He studied at Cambridge University and trained as a specialist Registrar at the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital. He spent almost a decade developing eye services in Tanzania, where he gained unique opportunities for high volume cataract surgery in children and seeks to continue to improve the evidence for eye services both in the developing and in the developed world.

He has a strong presence at national and international meetings, having published over 50 papers in international journals and 5 book chapters. He is a member of the paediatric subcommittee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Melanie Corbett MD, FRCS, FRCOphth

Melanie Corbett

Miss Corbett is a consultant at The Western Eye Hospital, which is part of Imperial College NHS Trust. She specialises in Corneal and Anterior Segment surgery, which includes surgery of the ocular surface, complex cataract and transplantation. She is also responsible for emergency cases including injuries and severe infections. She provides expertise in medical contact lens fitting for many corneal conditions including keratoconus.

Miss Corbett qualified from The Royal London Hospital in 1987 and undertook her ophthalmic training Oxford, St Thomas's, Kings College and Moorfields Eye Hospitals. This included subspecialty fellowship training in cornea and complex cataract. She took up her consultant post in 1999.

Miss Corbett has always been very interested in research and new developments, and has published over 60 scientific articles. She received a University of London Award to spend three years in a dedicated research post studying wound healing in the cornea, resulting in an MD degree. Her book "Corneal Topography - principles and applications" addresses the measurement of corneal shape.

Miss Corbett also has major roles in training and education, both locally and nationally. She has particular interests in surgical training and trainee development within her own unit. As a Training Programme Director she has responsibility for the delivery and quality assurance of training within the London Deanery. For The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) she sits on the Education and Curriculum Committees. She is the national lead for Training the Trainers, and is extending the programme overseas.

In the past she was President of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association (MCLOSA), and hosted the European Medical Contact Lens Conference. She is currently the elected Regional Representative for the Council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and is on the Executive Committee.

Rhodri Daniel BSc(Hons), FRCS, FRCOphth, DO

Rhodri Daniel

Rhodri Daniel was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmologist to the Primary Care and Accident & Emergency service of Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Trust, in January 1993. He had previously completed vocational training in General Practice in the North East Thames Region (Whipps Cross and Wanstead Vocational Training scheme) having designed his own programme to incorporate residencies in Ophthalmology at St Thomas' Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and Moorfields High Holborn. Whilst completing his training in Ophthalmology at Moorfields City Road he obtained the status of Fellow to the Primary Care clinic which was a new and innovative method of delivering high volume new patient services which received commendation from Sir Bernard Tomlinson when he was considering Moorfields for NHS Trust status.

He subsequently assisted the Trust management as a Service Director for the Accident & Emergency department for over ten years. He continued in post as a Consultant in Primary Care and Accident & Emergency with an active role in developing the Outreach Programme and has worked at two-thirds of the Moorfields outreach venues, particularly in north Thames and recently beyond the M25.

He has an interest in Medico-Legal practice and is a Tier 1 trained Expert Witness dealing with all aspects of Medico-Legal practice in relationship to general Ophthalmology with an approximately thirty percent defence, thirty percent claimant and forty percent joint instruction or alternative dispute resolution profile.

He has published in the field of general Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic education and continues to teach under-graduates and post-graduates at Moorfields City Road. For twenty years he has co-ordinated, chaired and delivered the General Practitioners' Teaching Course held annually at the Institute of Child Health, London.

Avi Kulkarni BSc, MBBS, FRCSEd(Ophth)

Avi Kulkarni

Mr Kulkarni is a substantive NHS consultant ophthalmic surgeon at King's College Hospital in London, where he is Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology and lead glaucoma consultant.

After training in ophthalmology in London, Mr. Kulkarni subspecialized in the management of glaucoma and complex, glaucoma-related cataract surgery during clinical glaucoma fellowships at King's College & St. Thomas's Hospitals, and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

He was subsequently appointed to develop and run the glaucoma service at King's College Hospital, a prestigious London university teaching hospital, which is one of the founder member institutions of King's Health Partners, a pioneering UK Academic Health Science Centre.

Mr. Kulkarni is the principal glaucoma specialist at the Arnott Eye Associates and offers a comprehensive glaucoma service, including glaucoma screening, glaucoma monitoring, glaucoma Laser treatments, and advanced, cutting edge glaucoma surgery.

Vickie Lee MA FRCOphth

Vickie Lee

Vickie Lee is a Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastuc Surgeon (eyelid specialist) at the Central Middlesex Hospital, London, an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Western Eye Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Imperial College School of Medicine.

She qualified from Cambridge University and St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School and this was followed by many years of ophthalmology training at the Western Eye Hospital, St Bartholomew's Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. She then undertook further specialist training on ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 2002 she was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London.

Miss Lee is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, a Founder Member of the British Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Society and a member of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the European Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. She has published over 20 papers and is a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals. She has lectured and chaired at many national and international Oculoplastic and Ophthalmology conferences.

Oculoplastic surgery is specialised plastic and reconstructive surgery dealing with the eyelids, the tear (lacrimal) system and orbital regions of the face. An Oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist (medical doctor and eye surgeon) with additional in-depth training and knowledge of the eyelid area. The eyelid and other areas around the eye are delicate structures that need special understanding and care. They not only form a vital part of facial appearance and expression, but are also an important protection for the eyes. Very often eyelid problems are not just cosmetic but can interfere with visual function, comfort and well-being. An oculoplastic surgeon has the expertise and training to diagnose and treat problems in this complex area.

Martin Leyland BSc MD FRCOphth

Martin Leyland

Martin Leyland trained in London, at the Western Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital, and was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2001, and Honorary Consultant at the Oxford Eye Hospital in 2003. Mr Leyland is a specialist in anterior segment disease: cataract, cornea, conjunctiva and lid margin, and leads the corneal service for the Oxford/Berkshire/Buckinghamshire region.

Special clinical interests

Corneal disease

Keratoconus, Fuch's endothelial dystrophy, corneal oedema, herpes simplex keratitis, pterygium.

Corneal transplant surgery

All types of keratoplasty, including penetrating keratoplasty, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty, and DSEK endothelial graft surgery. Mr Leyland is a member of the microsurgical skills faculty of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and runs the DSEK course at the surgical skills centre, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London

Dominic McHugh MD MBBS FRCS FRCOphth DO

Dominic McHugh

Dominic McHugh qualified at The Middlesex Hospital Medical School following which he underwent specialist training in ophthalmology at St Thomas’ Hospital and then Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He also undertook a period of research into the applications of semi-conductor diode lasers in ophthalmology, for which he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by the University of London. He was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at King’s College Hospital in 1994 where he performs vitreoretinal and cataract surgery. He is also actively involved in the management of patients with medical retinal problems such as diabetic retinopathy and age related macular degeneration.

He is currently a Referee for ophthalmic papers submitted for publication to the British Medical Journal, the Eye and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a past Assistant Managing Editor of Lasers and Light in Ophthalmology and has previously been on the Editorial Board of the publication Current Medical Literature. He is currently an Examiner for doctoral theses for the University of London.

He has carried out extensive research into ophthalmic application of semi-conductor diode lasers and participated in the development of a portable, semi-conductor diode laser. Since then, he has maintained his interest in semi-conductor lasers, with further publication on the subject. Research has also been performed in a number of areas relating to vitreoretinal surgery, for example alternative methods of retinal reattachment and radiotherapy for macular degeneration.

Ali Mearza MBBS FRCOphth

Ali Mearza

Ali Mearza is an NHS Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, the UK's first Academic Health Sciences Centre.

He graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1996 and completed his core ophthalmic training in 2005. Throughout his higher surgical training he developed an interest in cornea and refractive surgery and has completed two corneal fellowships in these fields.

The experience he gained during his first corneal fellowship at Moorfields NHS Trust has given him the groundwork to be at the cutting edge of anterior segment techniques, thus being proficient in complicated cataract surgery, penetrating keratoplasty, deep lamellar keratoplasty, endothelial keratoplasty, sutured intraocular lenses, intraocular lens exchange and iris reconstruction as well as new refractive surgical techniques such as corneal intacs for keratoconus. In his second fellowship he gained experience in refractive surgical techniques including PRK and LASIK, thereby complementing his subspecialty corneal training. To date he has performed over 3000 refractive procedures.

As an Ophthalmic Surgeon he is able to deliver a comprehensive modern anterior segment service offering the latest techniques in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery.

He has a keen interest in clinical research and has published extensively with over 40 publications to his name including publications in peer reviewed journals, textbooks and media articles. He has submitted and presented research on numerous occasions both at national and international meetings and he is an invited journal reviewer for Cornea, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the International Journal of Clinical Practice, International Ophthalmology and Expert Opinion on Drug Safety.

He enjoys teaching and continues to teach medical students and GP's basic ophthalmic knowledge and techniques. He also teaches junior colleagues ophthalmic knowledge required for the MRCOphth examinations as well as providing supervision during surgery.

He also has a keen interest in voluntary ophthalmology and has performed charitable work in India, Bali, Burma, Madagascar, Bangladesh and Ghana.

Danny Morrison BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCOphth (London), MD.

Danny Morrison

Mr Danny Morrison is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and at the Evelina Children's Hospital, London. He was appointed in 2005.

Mr Morrison trained in Sheffield, Brighton, Leicester, Edinburgh and London. He was a senior specialist registrar at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where he also undertook advanced training as a Fellow in ophthalmic plastic surgery. This was followed by a fellowship in paediatric ophthalmology at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and King's College Hospital, London. Mr Morrison did research for the Department of Health on a major study into congenital eye malformations, and wrote his MD thesis with the University of Edinburgh.

Mr Morrison has particular expertise in paediatric ophthalmology, children's and adult squints (strabismus), and ophthalmic plastic surgery including ptosis, eyelid lumps and congenital orbital pathology. The paediatric ophthalmology includes assessment for glasses, treatment of amblyopia, vision problems in small babies and children, retinal diseases, as well as common problems such as blocked tear ducts and allergic eye disease. He is also trained in the assessment of all aspects of general ophthalmology, including cataracts and glaucoma.

Mr Morrison is a member of The American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a medical advisor to The Eyeless Trust, a charity that supports children born with severe congenital eye abnormalities. He has many publications and international presentations in paediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics and ocular genetics. He also reviews articles for Journals such as the British Journal of Ophthalmology and Archives of Ophthalmology. Mr Morrison is undergraduate teaching lead for Ophthalmology at St. Thomas' for King's College Medical School, and is an interview Chair for Admissions to King's Medical School. He also represents the Royal College of Ophthalmologists several times a year at Consultant appointments and Interviews.

Paul Rosen BSc(Hons), MB ChB, FRCS, FRCOphth, MBA

Paul Rosen completed Medical training at Manchester University before a specialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Registered with the General Medical Council as a Specialist in Ophthalmology, Paul Rosen then accepted a position as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Oxford Eye Hospital in 1993. He was Head of Department from 1998 to 2004 and performs over 1000 cataract/refractive surgical procedures each year between his NHS and private practices.

Paul first performed laser refractive surgery in 1991 at Moorfields Eye Hospital and commenced LASIK treatments in 1997. With a keen interest in education, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford and an Examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for the Certificate in Refractive Surgery.
Committed to quality in refractive surgery and valued for his 18 years of experience in laser refractive surgery, Paul was invited to participate on the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Refractive Surgery Working Party.
He advises the government's National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Paul is the past President of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) the largest Society in Europe dedicated to refractive surgery, and past President of the UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS). He is also a Medical Editor of Eurotimes, a publication of the ESCRS. Paul is regularly invited to lecture on cataract and refractive surgery both nationally and internationally.

Qualifications and Awards

Past President European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)

Past President, UK and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Registered with the General Medical Council as a Specialist in Ophthalmology

Medical Editor, Eurotimes ESCRS magazine

Chairman of the Programme and Practice Management Committees of the ESCRS

Honour Award recipient from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Royal College of Ophthalmologists Examiner in Refractive Surgery

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Certificate in Refractive Surgery, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Simon Woodruff FRCOphth

Simon Woodruff

Mr Woodruff qualified from St Mary's Hospital, London in 1991 and underwent specialist Ophthalmology training in London. This included 4 years of Oculoplastic fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital and The Western Eye Hospital during which he received advanced training in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the periocular region and surrounding areas. He has been a Consultant since 2004 and holds NHS Consultant positions at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge where he is the Clinical Director and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

His main area of practice is Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery including both functional problems, such as periocular tumours, ptosis (droopy upper eyelid), entropion and ectropion and Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lifts, Botox and facial fillers. He has particular expertise in transconjunctival minimally invasive lower lid blepharoplasty and endoscopic scarless lacrimal (watery eye) surgery.

He also performs bespoke small-incision cataract surgery aiming for spectacle independence.

Rahila Zakir FRCOphth

Rahila Zakir

Rahila Zakir is Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmic and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at The Western Eye Hospital, part of Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre.

She has a special interest in vitreoretinal conditions such as retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, retinal tears, diabetic retinopathy, vitreous haemorrhage and vitreomacular traction and in medical retinal condition such as Age related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, and all stages of diabetic eye disease from diagnosis and screening for retinopathy, laser and intravitreal injection treatment to vitreoretinal surgery for advanced diabetic eye disease.

She is an Eye Accident and Emergency Consultant, and has an interest in eye trauma. She is also experienced in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery.

She offers second opinions on retinal surgery management options.

She is a committed medical educator and Educational and Clinical Supervisor for Specialty Trainees in Ophthalmology at Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She provides training in ophthalmology for Specialty Trainees and Vitreoretinal Fellowship training for senior Eye Surgeons. As Associate College Tutor, a Royal College of Ophthalmologists appointment, at the Western Eye Hospital, she supports the team responsible for overseeing the education and training of ophthalmologists.

As Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London she is actively engaged in the education of medical students.

She is also actively engaged in clinical research, and is currently Principal Investigator for studies on Ocriplasmin for vitreomacular traction and macular holes.

Previously Clinical Lead for the Age Related Macular Degeneration service at West Suffolk Hospital, Suffolk.

Previously clinical lead for the diabetic eye screening service in West Suffolk and later for the East Anglia programme.

Completed vitreoretinal fellowship training at Western Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital Fellowship training in full range of vitreoretinal conditions, including complex retinal detachments, advanced diabetic eye disease, major eye trauma and paediatric vitreoretinal conditions

Medical retina fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital Fellowship training in medical retinal conditions including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, uveitis, retinal vascular diseases including retinal vein occlusion and sickle cell retinopathy, macular disease.

Ophthalmology Specialist Registrar training rotation, including, previous to this, Kings College Hospital, London, West Kent Hospital, Farnborough and West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Hadi Zambarakji DM, FRCOphth

Hadi Zambarakji

Hadi Zambarakji was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust in 2005. He was a fellow in Vitreoretinal surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital (2002-2004), and in Medical Retina at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston (2004-2005).

He is currently Regional Advisor for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for the North East Thames region. He has a strong interest in education and training, having previously been College Tutor for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and having developed the post-graduate educational program in Ophthalmology at Whipps Cross. His clinical interests include vitreoretinal and small incisional cataract surgery, as well as medical retina. This includes diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous (retinal detachment surgery), diabetic eye disease, retinal vascular disease and macular degeneration.

His research interests include imaging in retinal disorders, vitreomacular diseases, macular holes, diabetic macular oedema, investigational treatments for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, and angiogenesis. He has taken an active role in research throughout his training and continues to do so as a Consultant. He takes an active role in training young ophthalmologists and runs a Vitreoretinal Fellowship Training Programme.



Carolyn trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and spent her first years as an orthoptist running four hospital departments in Kent. She returned to London to work with Eric Arnott firstly at Royal Eye Hospital, then at the new Charing Cross Hospital where she was Head Orthoptist for over 30 years. She was Chairman of British Orthoptic Society from 1974 until 1981 and following that represented UK on Council of International Orthoptic Association. She has undertaken a considerable amount of clinical research, has lectured all over the world and has published more than 40 papers. In 1991 she was awarded the accolade of being the Burian Lecturer at International Orthoptic Conference in Germany, and in 1992 gave Patricia Lance Lecture at the annual meeting of Orthoptic Association of Australia. She has been a Guest Fellow at both Sydney and La Trobe Universities in Australia. In 1997 she was awarded a Fellowship by British and Irish Orthoptic Society for her services to orthoptics.

Special interests: All aspects of adult and paediatric strabismus and the diagnosis and management of defects affecting binocular vision.

Connam Tam MCOptom BSc(Hons)Orthoptics

Connam Tam

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Raj Bharaj BSc MCOptom

Rajinder Bharaj (Raj) graduated from The City University with an honours degree and prize in clinical practice in Optometry in 1997. She continued her training with an independent practice with close links to Moorfields Eye Hospital and The Institute of Optometry.  She gained valuable experience working in a low vision hospital clinic and seeing patients under domiciliary conditions.Raj has also undertaken a tandem parachute jump with the Red Devils in support of the RNIB.

Having worked for various independent practices Raj went on to successfully open up her own practice in the east end of London.

Raj's main area of interest is retinal eye disease and has been associated with Arnott Eye Associates for over four years.

Puja Sheena Shah BSc(Hons) MCOptom

Puja Sheena Shah graduated in Optometry from City University, London in 2004 and subsequently received her professional qualification exams whilst working at a busy flagship on Oxford Street, London.

After Qualification in 2005 she was able to give back to the profession by mentoring the latest graduates at the Institute of Optometry. She has also been involved with supervising the final year students at City University. This included ensuring all core competencies from the General Optical Council were completed to a high standard before allowing them to graduate.

Puja has worked for a large variety of high street opticians in many different areas in and around London. This experience has led her to her main areas of interest; Contact Lenses. Puja is an active member of the British Contact Lens Association and obtained much of her continued education credits from advances in Contact Lenses whilst studying for an advanced diploma in contact lenses. Puja's continued mix of work in the academic, retail and medical sectors has allowed her to uniquely position herself to provide the very best optical care for our patients.

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Richard Packard

Richard Packard has been director of Arnott Eye Associates, the internationally recognised centre for ophthalmic excellence, since the retirement of Eric Arnott in 1999... Read More