Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai expands specialist eye expertise for both patients and eye care professionals in the region through Visiting Consultant team

Moorfields’ London-based specialists to complement full-time team in Dubai

1 November 2017 (Dubai – United Arab Emirates): 10 years after opening the first overseas branch of Moorfields London hospital in Dubai, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai is putting new emphasis on teaching and research as part of its regional mission, as well as expanding its world class eye care for patient treatment. The hospital is complementing the work of the Dubai-based team of consultants by hosting a series of visits by its London-based experts, all of whom are recognised leaders in their specialist fields. Several of the hospital’s consultants will also be leading sessions at the 17th Emirates Society of Ophthalmology (ESO) conference in Dubai, on 14-16 December 2017.

In addition to the full-time team of specialist consultants based permanently in Dubai, Moorfields is hosting a programme of visiting experts to undertake patient treatment, specialist training, and education for eye care professionals in the region. The consultants offer a deep level of expertise in subspecialist areas such as genetics, ocular oncology (eye cancer), vitreoretinal surgery, and oculoplastics (cosmetic surgery around the eyes).

Moorfields’ senior consultants visiting Dubai in November 2017–January 2018 include Mariya Moosajee, Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in genetic eye disease, who has won over 25 international and national prizes and awards for her research and was the first ophthalmologist in the UK to receive the prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Development Fellowship;

Dr. Mandeep Sagoo Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Ocular Oncology, who specializes in the management of adult and paediatric eye tumour. They will be joined in Dubai by Dr Yassir Abou-Rayyah – Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Paediatric Lead Adnexal & Oculoplastic Service; Dr. Qasiem Nasser – Ophthalmic Surgeon, Specialist in Oculoplastic Surgery and Cataract and Refractive Vision Correction Surgery; and Dr. Igor Kozak – Consultant Ophthalmologist and Specialist in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Uveitis.

Commenting on the visits and education programme, Mariano Gonzalez, Managing Director, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, said: “Our mission in the region has been to set a new standard of care through three areas of focus – patient treatment, education and research. Our permanent Dubai hospital team is very active in their specialist areas and we are now seeing greater demand in the deeper subspecialty areas, such as genetics. So, we are drawing on Moorfields’ unique range of expertise by bringing additional visiting specialists from London to treat patients, and also to share their research and teaching expertise with other eye care professionals, whilst here in the region.”

At the ESO conference in Dubai, a team of nine Moorfields consultants –London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based – will deliver keynote presentations at the event. Dr Moosajee and Dr Sagoo will be joined at the conference by UAE-based colleagues:

Dr. Avinash Gurbaxani
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Uveitis and Medical Retinal Diseases and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Mohammed Sohaib Mustafa
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Specialist in Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery; GCAA Approved Specialist Ophthalmologist and Aeromedical Examiner

Dr. Muhammad Irfan Khan
Consultant Ophthalmologist; Specialist in Paediatrics, Strabismus and Cataract

Dr. Osama Giledi
Consultant Ophthalmologist; Specialist in Cataract, Cornea and Refractive Vision Correction Surgery

Dr. Igor Kozak
Consultant Ophthalmologist; Specialist in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Uveitis

 Dr. Hamed Anwar
Consultant Corneal and Refractive Surgeon

Visiting Consultant Programme – Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai

Dr. Yassir Abou-Rayyah
Visiting November 11-13, 2017 & December 16-18, 2017

Consultant Ophthalmic & Oculoplastic Surgeon
Paediatric Lead Adnexal & Oculoplastic Service
Specialist in Oculoplastics; management of eyelid, lacrimal and orbital disorders; ocular trauma; cosmetic eye surgery; and paediatric ophthalmology.

Dr. Igor Kozak
Visiting November 11-13, 16, 19, 20, 25, 27, 2017

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Specialist in Vitreoretinal Surgery, Medical Retina and Uveitis

Renowned specialist in the whole range of vitreoretinal surgical procedures including paediatric ophthalmic surgery. He undertakes advanced surgical procedures and has pioneered some retinal laser techniques.

Dr. Qasiem Nasser
Visiting November 18-21, 2017 & December 9-12, 2017

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon; Specialist in Oculoplastic Surgery

Specialist in Cataract & Refractive Vision Correction Surgery Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with dual Fellowship training in Oculoplastic Surgery as well as Cornea, Cataract and Anterior Segment Surgery.

Dr. Mark Wilkins
Visiting December 9-11, 2017 & January 13-15, 2018

Consultant Corneal Surgeon & Corneal Service Director Specialist areas are cornea, cataract and refractive surgery in which he has researched and published extensively.

Dr. Mandeep Sagoo
Visiting December 12-13, 2017

Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Ocular Oncology

Retinoblastoma & Medical Retina

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with clinical practice in the management of adult and paediatric eye tumour. He specialises in Oncology, Retinoblastoma and Medical Retina.

Details on Visiting Consultant Programme available through this link:


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