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Professor Steve Schallhorn
Chairman of IMAB
Mr Schallhorn is internationally acknowledged as one of the most respected refractive surgeons in the world. He is recognised by his peers as an expert in refractive surgery and anterior segment surgery. He was the first surgeon in the United States Department of Defense to perform LASIK and implant phakic intraocular lenses.
 
Mr Schallhorn serves as a consultant to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He is an advisor for refractive surgery to Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey. He also has worked with all five branches of the United States Armed Forces. An avid researcher, Mr Schallhorn has served as a clinical investigator on numerous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trials over the past 25-years. He has presented more than 200 clinical papers, made countless presentations throughout America, Europe, and Asia, and is the author of numerous academic journal publications and papers.
 
Before entering medical school, Mr Schallhorn had a successful career as a Naval Aviator and TOP GUN instructor in the US Navy. While at TOP GUN film screenwriter Jack Epps Jr interviewed him for the movie Top Gun. Although the movie is a fictitious portrayal of Naval Aviation, some of the events in the movie were based on stories relayed by Mr Schallhorn.

Professional Memberships
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AΩA) - member
  • Physics Honors Society - member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) – certified November 1994, recertified 2004
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – fellow
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology: Refractive Surgery Interest Group – executive committee member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology: Refractive Surgery Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee – chairman
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology: Knowledge Assessment Committee Refractive Surgery – chairman
  • International Society of Refractive Surgeons (ISRS) - member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) - member
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Professor Burkhard Dick
IMAB Member & German Medical Director
Professor H Burkhard Dick is an international leading Ophthalmologic Surgeon hailing from Germany and specialising in ophthalmic viscosurgical devices. Throughout his career he has covered the full spectrum of ophthalmologic surgeries, and regularly performs cataract surgeries, LASIK procedures, phakic IOL implantations, glaucoma operations, corneal transplants and pars plana vitrectomies. He performs 2,500 anterior segments annually as well as several hundred vitreoretinal surgeries.
 
After graduating in 1983, Professor Dick spent his subsequent two years as Medical Officer in the German Army. He received his Doctorship in 1991, which was followed by a two-year residency at the University Eye Hospital in Giessen. His surgical career began with his fellowship at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen Eye Hospital. Professor Dick is Professor of Ophthalmology, Chairman and Head of the University Eye Clinic Bochum. He teaches, instructs, and educates young ophthalmic surgeons in cataract and refractive procedures as well as in glaucoma and retinal surgeries. The University Eye Clinic serves as a reference centre for Micro Incision Cataract Surgery (MICS) and phakic Intraocular Lenses.
 
The author of several books and more than 300 articles in such journals as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, Retina, Journal of Refractive Surgery, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Professor Dick has also presented at numerous international conferences.

Professional Memberships
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) - member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) - member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) - member
  • Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG) - member
  • Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Intraokularlinsen Implantation und Refraktive Chirurgie (DGII) - member
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Dr Coleman Kraff
IMAB Member
Mr Kraff is committed to advancing new technologies in the field of ophthalmology and helped to pioneer laser vision correction. Mr Kraff is actively involved in research projects relating to laser vision correction and in February of 1991, as part of a five-site, United States FDA clinical trial team, Mr Kraff successfully performed the first excimer laser procedures in the Chicagoland area using the VISX Excimer Laser.

Mr Kraff and the Kraff Eye Institute have devoted their practice to specialising in laser vision correction and continue to be the lead United States investigative site for all VISX LASIK FDA clinical trials, performing the very first hyperopic LASIK and Wavefront-guided custom treatments. He actively lectures and teaches doctors throughout the world and is one of three primary Physician excimer laser trainers in the United States and has a teaching appointment at Northwestern University Medical School and is an Attending Physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is the author of many academic papers and publications and is highly sought after to give professional and scientific presentations across the world.

His dedication to his profession and patients is evident from his vast clinical experience and attendance at seminars and conferences as speaker and delegate.

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – fellow
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – member
  • American Medical Association (AMA) – member
  • Chicago Ophthalmologic Society (COS) – member
  • Chicago Medical Society (CMS) – member
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Dr Jan Venter
IMAB Member and Emeritus Medical Director
A world-leading ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Jan Venter has performed more than 80,000 procedures including LASIK and LASEK, ICL, natural lens replacement and cataract treatments. He is and fully trained ophthalmologist, registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), with additional specialist training in refractive surgery.

Born and educated in South Africa, Dr. Jan Venter qualified from Pretoria University in 1973 and over the years progressed to become Professor and Head of the Ophthalmology Department at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. 1993 saw him introduce excimer laser and ambulatory cataract surgery into South Africa, making procedures available to the wider public there for the first time. From 1993 to 1996 he served as President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa. In 1998 he was awarded the highest honour the Ophthalmological Society can bestow when he received the DJ Wood Medal.

Dr Jan Venter has published and presented over 100 academic papers and has made presentations about refractive surgery in seminars across the UK, South Africa and throughout the world.

Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) – Member
  • Southern African Intra Ocular Lens and Refractive Surgery Society – Fellow
  • International Refractive Surgery Club (IRSC) – Fellow
  • American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – Member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) – Member
  • UK and Ireland Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (UKISCRS) – Member
  • British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS) – Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – Member
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Professor John Vukich
IMAB Member
Mr Vukich has gained international attention for his work in developing the Implantable Contact Lens and currently serves as US Medical Monitor of the core FDA studies for this device. He has been the principal investigator in six clinical trials evaluating various intraocular lenses as well as non-invasive diagnostic imaging devices. Mr Vukich has presented over 100 original research papers and invited lectures on refractive surgery on six continents.

Mr Vukich is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. He graduated with honours from Emory University and completed his ophthalmology training at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has received Best Paper of Session awards four times at scientific meetings including the Australian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the recipient of the AAO honour award and has been recognized by his peers as one of Madison’s Top Doctors yearly since 2000.. He has served on the executive committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Refractive Surgery section and on the education committee of the AAO. He has twice been the program chairman of the largest refractive surgery meeting in the world, the ISRS/AAO Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Day.

Mr Vukich has authored multiple peer reviewed articles, continuing medical education supplements and four book chapters. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery, section editor of the Ophthalmic Hyperguide, and serves on the editorial board of both Review of Refractive Surgery and Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – member
  • American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS) – member
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Professor Marguerite McDonald
IMAB Member
Ms McDonald is the Cornea/refractive/anterior segment specialist, Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Lynbrook, NY. She is presently an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University (NYU) in Manhattan.

Dr McDonald received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital/Cornell, both in New York City. She completed a fellowship in corneal and external diseases at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans. She has become well known in the field of refractive surgery with 477 abstracts, 79 books and book chapters and 179 peer reviewed and 280 non peer reviewed articles published on various refractive topics. In New Orleans Ms McDonald headed the research team investigating the use of the excimer laser for the correction of optical error and in 1987 performed the world’s first excimer laser treatment to eliminate or reduce the need for glasses and contact lenses.

Ms McDonald treated blind and fully sighted patients in 1988; both groups were treated for near sightedness. In 1993, she performed the world’s first excimer laser surgeries for far sightedness.

In 1999 Ms McDonald performed the world’s first Summit/Autonomous wavefront-based excimer laser surgeries; these cases were also the first wavefront-based laser surgeries in the U.S. This breakthrough is considered the first step on the road to “super-normal” vision. That is the routine attainment of better-than-20/20 uncorrected vision with minimal aberrations and much improved night vision. Ms McDonald was the first North American surgeon to perform Epi-LASIK in September 2003.

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) - member
  • American Medical Association (AMA) - member
  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) - member
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) - member
  • Castroviejo Corneal Society (CCS) - member
  • Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) - member
  • International Corneal Laser Society (ICLS) - member
  • International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty (ISRK) - member
  • American Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery (ASRCS) – member and Past President
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Professor Michael Knorz
IMAB Member
Professor Knorz earned his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg and completed his residency in ophthalmology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2001, he has served as Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Heidelberg, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Germany. He introduced LASIK in Germany in 1993, performing the first LASIK procedure there, and founded the FreeVis LASIK Center at the University Medical Center Mannheim in 1999.
 
He also introduced LASIK to India and performed the first LASIK there in Mumbai in 1994. Professor Knorz is actively involved in the creation of standards of care in the field of refractive surgery. In 1995 Professor Knorz became Chairman of the German Committee of Refractive Surgery (KRC), a joint committee of the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) and the Professional Association of German Ophthalmologists (BVA), which is responsible for education and quality control in refractive surgery in Germany. He still serves as the secretary of the KRC today. Professor Knorz is Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and immediate-past chairman of the Editorial Board of Ocular Surgery News, Europe / Asia-Pacific Edition.
 
Professor Knorz’s main research areas are in cataract and refractive surgery, intraocular lenses and femtosecond laser technology. He has published over 50 original articles in peer reviewed journals, 50 book chapters, and a comprehensive textbook on phacoemulsification, recently printed in its second edition. He has presented more than 400 papers and participated in over 200 courses on phacoemulsification and refractive surgery all over the world.

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) - member
  • German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) - member
  • Asia-Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (APACRS) - member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) - member
  • International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC) - member and President-Elect
  • South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (SASCRS) - honorary member
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Dr Stephen Coleman
IMAB Member
Mr Coleman is one of the leading laser eye Surgeons performing over 18,000 vision correction procedures. He has been performing personalised Wavefront CustomVue LASIK since May 2002 as part of a six centre FDA clinical trial. He was instrumental in gaining FDA approval for this technology in May of 2003.

He performed the first FDA approved laser vision correction in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June 1996.  The patient, Beth Wagoner of Albuquerque, has 20/20 vision in each eye today. Mr Coleman received his medical degree in 1986 from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC. He completed advanced specialised training in surgery of the eye at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, the primary teaching institution for New York Medical College. Mr Coleman is among a handful of eye surgeons in the United States selected to teach the FDA certification course to other Doctors on the use of the VISX laser system.

While serving four years as a Flight Surgeon in Europe, he was the recipient of a total of seven prestigious honours, including the Bronze Star and Air Medal. His international volunteer efforts delivering medical care have taken him to such diverse destinations as Thailand and Cambodia. During his most recent expedition he spent six weeks performing cataract and refractive eye surgery in India at the world’s largest non-profit eye institution, the Aravind Eye Hospital.

Professional Memberships
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) – diplomat
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – fellow
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) – member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – member
  • American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES) – member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – member
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Professor Stephen Slade
IMAB Member
Mr Slade has the longest experience with IntraLase LASIK in the United States and was the first Surgeon there to implant a lens for presbyopia (age-related loss of close up vision). He is a leading Surgeon in the international community as well as in the LASIK Houston community.

He is an active teacher of surgical techniques and has taught and certified over 8,000 Surgeons in LASIK and lamellar refractive surgery. Mr Slade’s experience with lamellar refractive surgery began in 1980 with epikeratophakia, followed in 1983 with myopic keratomileusis. He is highly regarded among other ophthalmologists and is considered to be the “Surgeon’s Surgeon” as over 450 of his fellow eye surgeons have chosen him to perform their own eye surgery. In 1991, along with Stephen Brint MD, Mr Slade performed the first LASIK in the United States. Later he performed the first Custom LASIK ablation based on topography in the United States and has remained on the cutting edge, having the first and longest experience with all-laser LASIK, accommodating intraocular lenses for cataract surgery (crystalens) and implantable corneal contact lens. Mr Slade was a lead investigator and presented the data to the FDA for panel approval for both the crystalens and the implantable contact lens. As part of the trial he implanted the first intraocular lens for presbyopia in North America.

In 2006 the American Academy of Ophthalmology and International Society of Refractive Surgery selected Mr Slade for the 2007 Barraquer Award and Lecture, the top award in Refractive Surgery. His peers have selected him for inclusion in “Top Fifty Opinion Leaders”, “Top Texas Doctors”, “Best Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America”.

Professional Membership
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – fellow
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – fellow
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) – fellow
  • American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES)- fellow
  • International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC) – member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – member
  • Texas Ophthalmology Association (TOA) – member
  • Houston Ophthalmology Society (HOS) – member
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Professor Steven Dell
IMAB Member
Mr Dell is an internationally recognised leader in the field of refractive and cataract surgery and has performed more than 15,000 surgical procedures. In 2006 Mr Dell was elected by the worldwide physician readership of the medical journal “Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today” as one of the Top 50 Opinion Leaders in the field of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for the second year in a row.

Texas Monthly Magazine named Mr Dell ‘Super Doctor’ and in 2005 he was named one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists for the third year in a row by the Consumers’ Research Council of America with more Central Texas and Austin eye Doctors choosing him to perform their own eye surgery than any other Surgeon. Throughout his career, Mr. Dell has conducted research on the latest advances in eye surgery, often serving as an investigator for studies sponsored by the FDA. In this role, he has been instrumental in bringing new technology to the United States. He continues to work closely with ophthalmic companies in the development of new products and instruments, and is himself the inventor of several innovative medical devices used by hundreds of LASIK and cataract Surgeons.

Mr. Dell is an award winning lecturer, textbook author and researcher. In addition to personally training several Austin area LASIK Surgeons, he shares his expertise with other Doctors by sponsoring popular externships and lecturing on the topics of refractive surgery and cataract surgery at ophthalmology meetings around the world.

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – fellow
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) – member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – member
  • Texas Ophthalmologic Association (TOA) – member
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA) – member
  • Travis County Medical Society (TCMS) – member
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Professor Yoshihiro Kitazawa
IMAB Member
Dr Yoshihiro Kitazawa is one of the leading experts on laser vision correction (LVC) surgery in Japan. After graduating from University of Fukui in 1990 he moved to Tokyo Medical and Dental University and began his investigation on myopia correction with the excimer laser system. In 1996 he was appointed as a Diplomat of Ophthalmology by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society.

He was appointed as a lecturer in ophthalmology at Tokyo Medical and Dental University from 1999 to 2001 and as a guest lecturer from 2004 to 2009. Dr Kitazawa started performing PRK surgery in 1991 and then LASIK in 1996. He has performed Laser vision correction surgery on over 28,000. He has performed the highest number of Epi-LASIK and LASEK treatments in Japan. In addition he has performed 13,000 cataract surgeries and 1,000 phakic intraocular lens procedures which involves the highest number of ARTISAN and ARTIFLEX implantation in Japan. Treatments for glaucoma and retina-vitreous disease are also performed by DrKitazawa in Park Hospital (Saitama, Japan) where he works.

As a leading expert of refractive surgery in Japan, he has been featured on TV and in magazines several times including “OCULAR SURGERY NEWS JAPAN EDITION’ in July 2008 and “Nikkei” newspaper also in 2008.

Professional Memberships
  • Japanese Ophthalmological Society (JOS) - member
  • Japanese Society of Ophthalmological Optics (JSOO) - member
  • Japanese Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (JSCRS) - member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) - member
  • Japanese Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons (JSOS) - member
  • Japan Cornea Society (JCS) – member
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Dr David Teenan
IMAB Member and UK Medical Director
An experienced ophthalmic surgeon, Mr. David Teenan has performed more than 41,000 procedures including LASIK and LASEK, with specialist interests in cataract and refractive surgery, cornea and external diseases. He is the UK Medical Director of the Optical Express International Medical Advisory Board (IMAB) and is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Ireland Medical Council (IMC).

Mr. David Teenan is a fully trained Ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery and is a full time ophthalmic surgeon with Optical Express. He is an active member of various affiliated bodies and societies such as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Irish College of Ophthalmology. Twice every year, Mr. David Teenan attends IMAB Conferences and is annually assessed by this board. The panel consists of several of the world’s most eminent Refractive Surgeons including Mr. Steve Schallhorn, former Head of Ophthalmology for the US Navy and Dr. Jan Venter, a world leading ophthalmic surgeon.

Mr. David Teenan graduated from the University of Dundee in 1992 before returning to Glasgow to start his medical career. His first ophthalmology post was at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and from there he moved to Ayrshire to complete his basic surgical training. He then completed his higher surgical training in Wales before returning to Glasgow for a Corneal and External Diseases Fellowship at Gartnavel General Hospital. Following completion of his training Mr. David Teenan worked as a consultant Ophthalmologist in Glasgow, Cardiff and Ayrshire and is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons.

His dedication to his profession and patients is evident from his clinical experience and continued attendance at seminars and conferences as both speaker and delegate.

Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Ireland Medical Council (IMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (RCS) – Fellow
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) – Fellow
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS) – Member
  • The British Society for Refractive Surgery (BSRS) – Member
  • International Society for Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – Member
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – Member
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Alex George
MS DNB DOMS MBBS FRCOphth FRCS(Ed)
Mr Alex George is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon specialising in refractive eye surgery and has performed more than 40,000 laser vision correction procedures. He has also performed more than 11,000 ICL, Natural Lens Replacement and Cataract treatments.
 
On the Ophthalmic Specialist Register of the General Medical Council and IrelandMedical Council, Mr Alex George has additional specialist training in refractive surgery from the US and the Certificate of Refractive Surgery awarded by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He began his distinguished career with a medical degree from Aligarh University and certified in Ophthalmology from Bombay University after obtaining his Masters and Diploma qualifications. He obtained further qualifications from the New Delhi National Board of Examinations in Ophthalmology and obtained FRCS(Ed) and FRCOphth qualifications.
 
With years of experience as Consultant Ophthalmologist, he completed his refractive surgery training as a Fellow at the Centre for Sight at Georgetown and was involved in the Phase 3 FDA trials of PTK and PRK.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • The Medical Council of Ireland (MCI) – Member
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) – Fellow
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) - Fellow
  • Indian Medical Association (IMA) – Member
  • British Society of Refractive Surgeons (BSRS) – Member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) – Member
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (UKISCRS) – Member
  • All India Ophthalmic Society (AIOS) – Member
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Amir Mani
Mr Amir Mani is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon specialising in refractive eye surgery and has performed more than 5,000 ophthalmic procedures, including 3,000 laser vision correction procedures. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is a fully trained ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery and has obtained certification in laser refractive surgery from The Royal College of Ophthalmologist.
 
Training and specialising as an ophthalmologist, Mr Mani graduated from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (MD). Working extensively in the UK and abroad, including National University Hospital of Singapore and University of British Columbia in Vancouver, he then had a fellowship training at Gimbel Eye Centre in Canada where he gained invaluable experience in various types of laser and intra-ocular refractive surgeries. Mr Mani has gained further experience whilst working as a speciality doctor in ophthalmology at the King’s College Hospital.
 
Mr Mani has been involved in many research programmes and audit projects which allow him to stay abreast of all developments in the advancing field of ophthalmology. His dedication to his profession and patients is evident from his clinical experience. He has presented at major international conferences on refractive surgery. He has attended numerous meetings and courses such as European (ESCRS) and British Society of Refractive Surgery (BSRS) Annual Scientific Congress.
 
Professional Memberships and Academic Qualifications:
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Degree in Medicine, MD – Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
  • MRCSEd Ophthalmology – Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Membership
  • Neuro-Ophtalmology – University of British Columbia – Fellowship
  • Anterior Segment & Refractive Surgery – Gimbel Eye Centre – Fellowship
  • Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery – Royal College of Ophthalmologist, London
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Dimitris Kazakos
MD MRCOphth
An experienced ophthalmic surgeon, Mr Dimitri Kazakos has a specialist interest in refractive surgery, cornea and external diseases. He has performed more than 35,000 refractive procedures.
 
Registered with both the UK and Ireland Medical Councils, Mr Kazakos has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery. Graduating from the Marmara University of Istanbul, his first ophthalmology post was at the Oxford Eye Hospital. He then practised at Queen’s Medical Centre, Essex County Hospital, Ipswich General Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital and Southampton Eye Unit for a Fellowship in Corneal and External Eye Diseases. He then returned to his native Greece where he completed his higher surgical training and received a Refractive Fellowship in the University of Crete with Prof. Pallikaris, the inventor of LASIK.
 
He has attended UK and Ireland mini-fellowships with distinguished ophthalmologists Prof. Richard Forster (Bascom Palmer Eye Institute) and Prof. Theo Seiler (Institut für Refraktive und Ophtalmologische Chirurgie).
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) – Member
  • Medical Council of Ireland (MCI) - Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – Member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) – Member
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS) – Member
  • European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) – Member
  • Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) – Member
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Erik de Koning
MD
An experienced ophthalmic surgeon, Mr Erik De Koning has performed over 49,000 laser procedures including LASIK and LASEK. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is a fully trained ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery.
 
Mr Erik De Koning began his medical career as an ophthalmologist working within the field of refractive surgery and radial keratotomy in 1983 after graduating from the University of Utrecht and completing his postgraduate qualifications. He progressed to various positions within private laser eye surgery clinics, specialising in cataract surgery and refractive techniques using the excimer laser, gaining extensive surgical experience. As well as extensive operative experience, he gained vast clinical experience and a keen understanding of each patient’s requirements and expectations.
 
Mr Erik De Koning has made presentations in various countries, attends refractive surgery conferences and is actively involved in undertaking research projects relating to laser refractive surgery.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
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Joanna McGraw
MB ChB FRCO FCS
Mrs Joanna McGraw is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon specialising in laser eye surgery and has performed more than 57,000 procedures. She is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is a fully trained ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery.
 
Training and specialising as an ophthalmologist, Mrs. Joanna McGraw gained her medical degree at the University of Cape Town, qualifying as an ophthalmic surgeon from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she went on to set up her own private practice performing laser eye surgery, cataract and implant surgery, corneal grafts and squint correction surgery. Working extensively in the UK and abroad, she has presented academic papers on diseases of the retina and vascular pathology of the eye, throughout the world. Regularly attending conferences worldwide, she is a Fellow and Member of various affiliated bodies.
 
She has made personal appearances on television and radio, discussing laser eye surgery and counts many well-known athletes, celebrities and film stars as previous patients.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) – Fellow
  • College of Surgeons of South Africa in Ophthalmology (FCSSA) – Fellow
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) – Member
  • International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ISCRS) – Member
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Joe Karthikappallil
MBBS DO FRCSEd
Mr Joseph Karthikappallil is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon specialising in refractive surgery, performing over 33,000 refractive procedures. He qualified from Madras University over 23 years ago and gained his fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.
 
Mr Karthikappallil worked for the NHS and held the senior position of Consultant Ophthalmologist at hospitals across the country including the Royal Oldham Hospital and West Cumberland Hospital. He then made the move into the private sector where he has gained vast experience over 12 years in various surgical posts. Having trained numerous surgeons in the practice of refractive surgery, he has extensive training experience and has set up a training programme for optometrists, consisting of sessions in theory, followed by demonstrations of various procedures including LASIK, LASEK custom treatments and enhancements.
 
Mr Karthikappallil regularly visits and works with charities in India performing cataract surgeries in hospitals in Kanpur and Bangalore.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) - Fellow
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) - Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) - Member
  • United Kingdom & Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractory Surgeons (UKISCRS)  - Member
  • North of England Ophthalmology Association (NEOS) - Member
  • British Medical Association (BMA) - Member
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Jonathan Carr
MD MA BA FRCOphth
Mr Jonathan Carr is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon who specialises in laser vision correction. In his 13 years of refractive surgery experience, he has performed over 52,000 refractive procedures. His sub-speciality fellowship training is in corneal diseases and refractive surgery.
 
Before joining Optical Express, Mr Jonathan Carr was Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine and a full-time LASIK surgeon at InView, the internationally renowned refractive surgery centre in Atlanta, USA. He was a Clinical Investigator in many of the early United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trials of PRK and LASIK and has continued his FDA clinical trial commitments for over a decade. Mr Jonathan Carr has given over 60 presentations at the world’s most prestigious academic meetings and his work appears in leading textbooks on refractive surgery.
 
He serves on the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and reviews research work for several other leading peer reviewed ophthalmology journals.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) - Fellow
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) - Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) - Member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) - Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) - Member
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Luca Antico
MD
Born in Rome, Mr Luca Antico is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon performing more than 34,000 laser procedures including LASIK and LASEK. He is a registered member of the General Medical Council to practice medicine in the UK and a registered member of the Italian Medical Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists Registry (OMCEO).
 
Having graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Medical School of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Roma with specialist training in ophthalmology, Mr Luca Antico gained extensive experience in paediatric ophthalmology, refractive surgery, cataract surgery, oculoplastics and medical retina. He then entered into a fellowship (Post-Grado) at the Services of Cataract Surgery and Oculoplastic Surgery of the “Hopital Oftalmologico Pando Ferrer de La Habana” and a subsequent fellowship in Refractive Surgery at the Intituto Oftalmologico de Alicante (Spain), one of the leading centres of refractive surgery in the world.
 
A multi linguist, fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and English, Mr Luca Antico was Head of Refractive Surgery Services for the Italian Nation Health Service and volunteered for non-profit organisations.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) – Member
  • European Society of Retina Specialist (EURETINA) – Member
  • Ordine Medici Chirurghi E Odontoiatri (OMCEO) – Member
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Manek Patel
MBBS FCPS MSOphth MRCOOphth
An experienced ophthalmic surgeon, Mr Manek Patel has performed more than 69,000 procedures. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and studied at the Grant Medical College in Bombay before working as a general ophthalmologist in India and completing his post-graduation in ophthalmology.
 
Mr Manek Patel’s ophthalmic experience progressed at London’s leading hospitals including Moorfields, UCL and St George’s, where he taught general ophthalmology to medical students and nurses. He also worked at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Sutton General and Epsom General, where he was a consultant performing intraocular/extraocular surgery, cataracts, glaucoma and squint DCR surgery. Involved in many types of ocular surgery such as laser treatment for diabetics, he has trained junior ophthalmic surgeons in LASIK. He is a member and past president of the international charity organisation, The Lions International Club.
 
The Lions International Club work to help organisations who provide medical equipment for third world country medical practices, equipment for the handicapped, school supplies and numerable worthy causes.

Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • 'Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery' as offered by The College of Ophthalmology
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons India (CPS) - Fellow
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Manu Mathew
MSc MMedSci DipNB MNAMS FRCS FRCO
Mr Manu Mathew is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery. He has performed in excess of 10,000 refractive procedures. Mr. Mathew is a graduate the University of Madras and subsequently trained at a number of teaching hospitals including the Tennent Institute and Queen’s Medical Centre (University of Nottingham).

His ophthalmic experience further developed working as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Chesterfield NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Mathew worked as a substantive consultant ophthalmologist with a specialisation in cornea and external eye disease, glaucoma and held a specialist interest in ocuplastics and medical retina. In January 2011 he was elected Medical and Dental Staff Governor to the council of governors. Mr Mathew is an active member of various societies such as the United Kingdom Society of Cataract surgeons and British Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery. He was previously a specialist registrar and clinical lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Mathew Dr Mathew continues to make professional development by attending ophthalmic courses and meetings around the world. He has held the post of Speciality Doctor Tutor for the Chesterfield NHS Trust since 2009.

Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – member
  • The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) (FRCS) – fellow
  • The Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) (FRCS) – fellow
  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (London) (RCO) – member
  • British Medical Association (BMA) - member
  • Medical Defence Union (MDU) - member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – member
  • European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA) – member
  • European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ESCRS) - member
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS) – member
  • The British Society for Refractive Surgery (BSRS) – member
  • The British National Association of Clinical Tutors (NACT) - member
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Mehul Damani
MBBS MS DOMS DNB FRCS
Mr Mehul Damani is an experienced Ophthalmic Surgeon who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery. He has undertaken in excess of 5,000 procedures. Graduating from the University of Mumbai he won the Pfizer Medical award and medallion for standing first in the final MBBS examination.
 
He proceeded to become Registrar at Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. Group of Hospitals in Mumbai and completed three years of specialist ophthalmology training with emphasis on anterior segment surgery (cataract and glaucoma surgery). Mr Damani’s UK ophthalmic experience has included an observation fellowship in oculoplasty at Moorfields Eye Hospital and a medical retina research registrar post at Frimley Park Hospital. He gained further experience whilst working as a speciality doctor for Colchester General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Trust where his work included general ophthalmology, glaucoma, cataract surgery, lasers for glaucoma & diabetic retinopathy and medical retina.
 
Mr Damani did an intensive course in LASIK from New Vision Laser Centre in Mumbai in 2006 and since then worked as a Refractive Surgeon at Mehta Eye Clinic and Ojas Laser Eye Surgery Centre in Mumbai.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) - Member
  • Medical Council of India (MCI) - Member
  • Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow (RCS) - Fellow
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) - Member
  • All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) - Member
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Muhammad Ayaz Ashgar
Mr Muhammad Ayaz Asghar is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon who has performed more than 2,000 refractive procedures. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is a fully trained Ophthalmologist. With 25 years of training in ophthalmology in different hospitals in different posts has given Mr Asghar the opportunity to gain fellowships in ophthalmology and a wide range of experience.

His ophthalmic experience further developed working at Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle Limerick as a Senior House Officer in Ophthalmology and Registrar in Ophthalmology. He has also undertaken a post as an Associate Specialist Ophthalmologist at Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust, Leighton Hospital Crewe and Registrar in Ophthalmology at Sligo General Hospital.

Mr Asghar has undergone additional training allowing him to stay abreast of all developments in the advancing field of Ophthalmology. He is an active member of various societies such as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has also made oral presentations and been involved in research and publications about refractive surgery.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London for CPD activity
  • Hospital Joint Local Negotiating Committee (JLNC) – Member
  • Clinical Governance Body (Ophthalmology Department) – Member
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Muhammad Kazmi
MBBS FRCSEd MRCOphth
Mr Muhammad Kazmi is a very experienced ophthalmic surgeon, with more than 27 years experience in the field of ophthalmology. Specialising in refractive surgery, he has performed over 34,000 refractive procedures.
 
Graduating from the University of Punjab and spending the next few years training in Pakistan, he gained a strong background at the NHS, holding senior positions in various hospitals across the UK including Stirling Royal Infirmary, Victoria Hospital Blackpool and the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He was among the first wave of surgeons to master hacoemulsification cataract and foldable IOL implant surgery, being asked to train surgeons in Saudi Arabia. He held a refractive laser surgery fellowship with Prof. Pallikaris, the inventor of LASIK procedure, at the University of Crete before practicing refractive surgery at the Almana Hospital.
 
Mr Kazmi was among the first 30 surgeons who successfully took the Refraction Certificate offered by The Royal College of Ophthamologists (CertLRS). His clinical results place him in the top 10 UK Laser Refractive Surgeons.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) - Fellow
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) – Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) - Member
  • European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) - Member
  • British Refractive Society (BRS) – Member
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Rodney Blumenfeld
BOptom MBBCh FCS(SA)
A fully-trained ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery, Mr Rodney Blumenfeld has experience with some of the most advanced refractive lasers in the world. He has performed more than 34,000 combined LASIK, LASEK, ICL, natural lens replacement and cataract treatments.
 
Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), Mr Blumenfeld was born and educated in South Africa where he qualified as an optometrist and went on to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He graduated as a medical doctor in 1995 and won the coveted Monty Baranov medal for the best student in Ophthalmology. In 1997, he became Registrar at St John Eye Hospital in Johannesburg, Africa’s largest eye hospital, where he completed five years of specialist ophthalmology training with emphasis on anterior segment surgery (oculoplastics, cataract, glaucoma surgery) and diabetic laser surgery.
 
His experience includes the Western Eye Hospital, Kent County Eye and Ear Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Stoke Mandeville Hospital as well as an advanced LASIK course at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • College of Surgeons of South Africa (CSSA)- Fellow
  • South African Optometry Association (SAOA) - Member
  • The South African Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (SASCRS) – Member
  • South African Medical and Dental Council (SAMDC) - Member
  • South African Bureau for the Prevention of Blindness (NCBI) – Member
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Stefan Klopper
MBChB FCS
Mr Stefan Klopper is a fully trained ophthalmologist, specialising in laser eye surgery, who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Medical Council of Ireland (MCI) and has performed more than 83,000 refractive procedures.
 
Mr Stefan Klopper received his primary medical training at Grootte Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and spent six months serving in an African mission hospital. He was drafted to the South African Defense Force where he completed two years compulsory military service as Medical Officer in a Special Services Reconnaissance Unit. He was a Medical Registrar of cardio-thoracic surgery for twelve months, followed by three months in a renal transplant unit before progressing to the post of General Practitioner, after which he decided to specialise in ophthalmic surgery. He graduated as an Eye Surgeon in 1990 and went into private practice.
 
Mr Stefan Klopper has worked abroad and made presentations in many different countries about laser surgery, regularly attending conferences about both laser vision correction and cataract surgery.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • The Medical Council of Ireland (MCI) - Member
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) – Member
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ERCSR) – Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) – Member
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) – Member
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Waseem Aziz
MB ChB FRCS FRCOphth
An experienced ophthalmic surgeon, Mr Waseem Aziz has performed more than 78,000 laser procedures including LASIK and LASEK. He is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is a fully trained ophthalmologist who has undergone additional specialist training in refractive surgery.
 
He began his medical career as a Senior House Officer within the Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital after graduating from Aberdeen University and completing his postgraduate qualifications. He progressed to a position within the Blackburn Royal Infirmary as a Senior House Officer where he began to work in all aspects of eyecare and general eye surgery. Mr Waseem Aziz then became an Honorary Research Fellow at Manchester Royal Infirmary and at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in the Department of Ophthalmology.
 
A regular lecturer within the teaching circuit and actively involved in research, Mr Waseem Aziz has presented in various countries and regularly attends conferences relating to the field of refractive surgery.
 
Professional Memberships
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Member
  • Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) - Fellow
  • Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCO) - Fellow
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