Consultant Ophthalmologist at Albyn Hospital Aberdeen, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.
I was born and brought up in the South East of Scotland. I studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh from 1984-89, when I qualified as a doctor (MB ChB). After 3 years in general medical training posts, I started training in Ophthalmology in 1992, having passed the Part 1 Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. I spent time in Stirling, Stonehouse in Lanarkshire, then Edinburgh’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in 1993; I became a Registrar in 1995; then passed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth), and became a Specialist Registrar in 1996 -2000. I gained my CCST (Completion of Specialty Training) in 2000, and took up a Senior Registrar position in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia. My name was added to the UK GMC Specialist Register under “Ophthalmology” and in 2000 I was appointed to my current post of Consultant Ophthalmologist to NHS Grampian Trust at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. I returned from sunny Australia to start that post in a snowy February 2001 – and I have been in Aberdeen, as a consultant at ARI, ever since.
I started independent (private) medical practice at the Albyn Hospital, Aberdeen in 2001 and have been delighted to have provided high-quality personal eye care, both medical and surgical, to many thousands of patients there since then.
With an interest in training and teaching, I have been SHO educational supervisor 2002-2004, Training Program Director (TPD) for NHS Education Scotland (NES) North of Scotland Deanery (Aberdeen and Inverness) 2004-11 during the radical change from traditional medical postgraduate training to the new post-2006 MMC structure; Royal College of Ophthalmologists Regional Adviser 2004-2012; Chair of the Training Committee 2004-2011; Adviser to the Joint Committee of Medical Royal Colleges of Scotland 2011- current; Royal College of Ophthalmologists College Tutor in Aberdeen 2011-current; RCOphth CPD Coordinator 2010-2015. I have held an Ophthalmic Medical Practitioner (OMP) number since 1999.
As an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology for the University of Aberdeen, I teach ophthalmology to medical students in my clinics and theatres at ARI, and take part in general medical undergraduate admission interviews and undergraduate medical student examinations annually. I am a medical student Regent, providing academic pastoral care for medical students, throughout their undergraduate course. I train our own ophthalmology trainees in clinics and surgery, and in my own subspecialties. I perform weekly vetting of referrals to the NHS eye department. I provide general ophthalmology clinic services to Peterhead – a day-clinic there monthly – and share provision of medical and surgical eye services to Shetland. I undertake regular training lectures and clinic sessions for local optometry colleagues through NES Teach and Treat Clinics, and our own Eye Health Network.
I am author or co-author of several papers and have co-authored a book chapter in Ophthalmology.
I examine postgraduate ophthalmology trainees for:
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) since 2002 (Glasgow, Libya, India, Jordan and Oman)
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) in Part III FCROphth and the Clinical Refraction Exam since 2010
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: I was on the Specialty Advisory Board and an examiner 2003-2008 for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
I am a member, fellow, registered or affiliated with:
- The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth): Fellow
- The British Medical Association (BMA): Member
- The General Medical Council (GMC): Registration No: 3319118
- The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS): Member
- The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO): Member
- The Scottish Ophthalmology Club (SOC): Member
- The Scottish Paediatric Regional Ophthalmology Group (SPROGS):
- The University of Aberdeen: Senior Lecturer
- The University of Edinburgh: Honorary Lecturer
- NHS Education Scotland (NES): Honorary Lecturer
As a full-time NHS consultant, I take part in regular audit, clinical governance activity and annual medical appraisal and 5-yearly revalidation. In my private practice, I keep a detailed ongoing audit of all cataract surgical outcomes: these greatly surpass the standards required by the RCOphth for appraisal and revalidation purposes; and I have a personal complication rate which is significantly lower than the UK average.