Professor Harminder Dua

MBBS, DO, DO (Lond), MS, MNAMS, FRCS, FRCOphth, FEBO, MD, PhD , FRCP (Edin) and FCOptom.

Cornea, Ocular Surface, Anterior Segment, Cataract, Refractive Laser & Lens Surgery

BMI Park Hospital, Nottingham

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Professor Harminder Dua is the Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham and is the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Prior to his appointment in Nottingham in 1994, he was associate professor at the Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphia, USA. He graduated in Medicine from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur.

Professor Dua is an internationally renowned Ophthalmologist who has influenced and continues to influence all aspects of ophthalmology across the globe through his activities related to teaching, training, research and innovation. He is a world authority on cornea and ocular surface disease.

He has taught generations of medical students, 35 home and visiting Fellows and 45 PhD/MD students who have gone on to become distinguished ophthalmologists. Six of his postgraduate fellows currently hold positions as Professors of Ophthalmology and one is a CEO of a company. His corneal surgery course, run at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK, annually for the last 8 years is always fully subscribed and has received the best feedback of all courses.

He has enhanced clinical and basic knowledge in ophthalmology through over 320 publications and over a thousand presentations in international meetings. His H-index is 55 and his total citations are over eleven thousand. His surgical innovations, including Fine Needle Diathermy (FND) occlusion of corneal vessels, Sequential Sector Conjunctival Epitheliectomy (SSCE), Alcohol Delamination in management of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome and classification of chemical burns of the ocular surface (Dua Classification) are practiced internationally and have changed clinical practice.

His discovery of the pre-Descemet’s layer as a definite part of the surgical anatomy of the cornea has improved posterior lamellar corneal surgery, made Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) safer and led to the innovation of three new operations namely DALK-Triple, Pre-Descemets Endothelial Keratoplasty (PDEK) and suture management of acute hydrops in keratoconus. This paper alone has over 100 citations with further scientific evidence published independently by researchers in this field.

He has served ophthalmology nationally and internationally as President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK (2011-14); First Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, England (2014-15);  Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14); President, European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVER, 2010-2014); President of EuCornea, the European Society of Cornea and Ocular surface disease specialists (2011-12) and of EVER, the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (2008). He has made significant contributions in each of these positions. As one of the four founders of EuCornea, he brought to Europe an organisation that has sparked the imagination of numerous trainees and specialists who attend and support EuCornea meetings every year.

He currently serves as Editor in chief of the Journal of EuCornea, Member of the International steering committee of the second dry eye workshop (DEWS II), Chairman elect of the Advisory committee of the International Council of Ophthalmology and as Civilian consultant adviser to the Royal Air Force.


Qualifications

MBBS, DO(Nagpur)
DO(London)
MS, MNAMS
FRCS(Edinburgh)
FRCOphth.(UK)
FEBO
MD(With Commendation, University of Aberdeen)
Ph.D(Nagpur)
FFMLM(UK)
FRCP(Edinburgh)
FCOptom.(UK)


Training

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.)

Nagpur University, India, 1975.


Residency

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Scotland.


Fellow

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (F.R.C.S.), Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 1986

Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (F.R.C. Ophth.), College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom, 1989

Doctor in Medicine (M.D.), [with Commendation], University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. 1993.

Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO), European Board of Ophthalmology, 2003

Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FFMLM), UK, 2011

Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP, 2014

Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists, United Kingdom (FCOptom). 2015


Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology, USA.

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) USA

Bowman club, UK (corneal surgeons)

British Society of Refractive Surgeons (BSRS)

EVER, European Vision and Eye Research, Association.

EuCornea, European society of cornea and ocular surface disease specialists.

Eye Bank Association of India.

International Ocular Inflammation Society.

Italian Ocular Surface Society.

Midlands Ophthalmological Society.

Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, England, United Kingdom.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom.

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society, Maharashtra, India.


Key positions of leadership

President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK (2011-14)

First Chair of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, England (2014-15)

Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14)

President, European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVER, 2010-2014)

President of EuCornea, the European Society of Cornea and Ocular surface disease specialists (2011-12) and of EVER, the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (2008)


Honorary life memberships

Pune Ophthalmological society, Pune, India.
Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, UK.
Indian society of Cataract and Kerato Refractive Surgeons.


Procedures performed

Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK
IntraLASIK
LASEK
PTK

Lens Surgery 

Cataract
Refractive Lens Exchange
Phakic IOL
Implantable Contact Lens
Piggyback IOLs
Advanced IOLs and Laser optimisation after lens insertion
Iris-clip, iris sutured IOLs
Scleral fixated sutured posterior chamber intra-ocular lenses

Presbyopia Surgery

Refractive Lens Exchange

Corneal Grafts

Corneal Transplantation:
Full thickness grafts
Partial thickness grafts – Endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK, PDEK)
Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK)
Tectonic grafts

Keratoconus

Corneal Collagen Cross Linking
Corneal Segments
Corneal Graft

Corneal Surface 

Amniotic membrane grafts: For ocular surface regeneration and management of non-healing corneal defects.
Pterygium surgery with autologous conjunctival grafts and fibrin tissue glue. Post operative intralesional injection of 5-Fluorouracil and anti VEGF (Avastin/Lucentis) for treatment of recurrent pterygiuim.
Repair of acute corneal lacerations.
Alcohol delamination and Therapeutic laser for Recurrent Erosion Syndrome and Band Keratopathy, Alcohol Delamination,
Limbal Stem Cell Transplantation
Ocular surface reconstruction: Limbal stem cell transplantation -allografts, autografts and living related donor grafts in treatment of chemical burns of the eye and other ocular surface diseases.
Amniotic membrane grafts: For Ocular surface regeneration and management of non-healing corneal defects.
Pterygium surgery with autologous conjunctival grafts and fibrin tissue glue. Post operative intralesional injection of 5-Fluorouracil and anti VEGF (Avastin/Lucentis) for treatment of recurrent pterygiuim.
Fine needle diathermy and anti VEGF (Avastin/Lucentis) injection for treatment of corneal vascularisaton.
Repair of acute corneal lacerations.
Cataract surgery with monofocal, multifocal and toric lens implants; Phakic lens implant surgery; Refractive lens exchange.
Collagen Cross Linking


In association with:
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust