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Mr Gerard McGowan is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and retinal specialist graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2005. He completed 7 years of ophthalmic training at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow. He subsequently entered into a 1 year advanced medical training vitreoretinal fellowship in Glasgow. This was followed by a second international vitreoretinal and medical retina fellowship at the world renowned Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Melbourne, Australia. His main research interests include the quantification of metamorphopsia and the incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large submacular haemorrhage. He has won numerous prizes throughout his career including the Lachlan MacNeil travel scholarship 2011, Dorey/Lister RCOphth travel award 2012, the Pauline and Oswald Lapp ARVO travel award 2013, the 2014 St Lazarus charity award and the ARVO M.I.T prize 2014. He is the principal investigator for the Scottish Ophthamological Surveillance Unit Study which aims to be the first study in the world to identify the incidence of acute large submacular haemorrhage. Mr McGowan serves on the UK royal college of ophthalmologists surgical training faculty, which trains junior surgeons throughout the UK. He also sits on the national ophthalmic selection panel. He has given 18 international presentations and published in highly regarded peer review journals. He has recently been appointed to the ESASO VR faculty to train European vitreoretinal surgeons in Switzerland.
Mr McGowan lives in Whitecraigs, Glasgow. In his spare time he enjoys playing squash at both the Western Health & Racquets Club and Whitecraigs Lawn Tennis & Sports Club.
Areas of interest
Vitrectomy; Cataract surgery; complex cataract surgery; surgical repair of complicated cataract surgery; vitreoretinal surgery; vitreoretinal diseases;retinal tears(laser retinopexy); laser; floaters;epiretinal membrane;macular hole;retinal detachment;diabetic eye diease (retinopathy);age related macular degeneration;eye trauma; general ophthalmology;glaucoma;laser yag capsulotomy; laser photocoagulation; laser peripheral iridotomy
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmologist: Vitreoretinal Specialist
University Hospital of Ayr/ University Hospital Crosshouse
Quantification of metamorphopsia
Incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large sub macular haemorrhage (smh) secondary to age related macular degeneration. Principal investigator for the SMH Scottish Ophthamological Surveillance Unit Study which aims to be the first study to identify the incidence of acute large submacular haemorrhage.
Squash: Western squash club, Whitecraigs squash club
Golf: Balmore golf club
Lachlan MacNeil Scholarship Travel Award 2011. Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
Scottish Ophthalmic Surveillance Unit Grant 2012
Dorey Bequest Scholarship Travel Award 2012. Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK
ARVO Pauline and Oswald Lapp Travel Award 2013. USA. For contribution to research and innovation in macular disease
Saint Lazarus Trust Award 2013
ALCON outstanding poster award Feb 2014 Scottish Ophthalmology Club
ARVO M.I.T Outstanding poster award May 2014. USA
Most recent publications:
McGowan G, Yorston D, Strang NC, Manahilov V. D-CHART: A Novel Method of Measuring Metamorphopsia in Epiretinal Membrane and Macular Hole. Retina 2015 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26441261.
Moore PP, McGowan GF, Sandhu SS, Allen PJ. Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess complicated by endogenous endophthalmitis: the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Med J Aust. 2015 Oct 5;203(7):300-1.
González-López JJ, McGowan G, Chapman E, Yorston D. Vitrectomy with subretinal tissue plasminogen activator and ranibizumab for submacular haemorrhages secondary to age-related macular degeneration: retrospective case series of 45 consecutive cases. Eye (Lond). 2016 Apr 8. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.65. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27055681.
- MBChB University of Aberdeen 2005
- FRCOphth RCOphth London 2013
- Vitreoretinal Fellowship Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow 2013
- International Vitreoretinal Fellowship The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia 2014
- Specialty Registrar Ophthalmology 7 year specialty training. 2007-2013 Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow 2007
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Surgical Skills Faculty member. Trainer on compulsory course for all UK ophthalmology trainees to learn microsurgical technique The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London 2016
- Panel member of the national selection board in ophthalmology The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK, 2014
Affiliations / memberships
British and Irish Vitreoretinal Society
Scottish Vitreoretinal Society
Scottish Ophthalmology Club
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