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am a Consultant Ophthalmologist based at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust since 2017, with an interest in the vitreoretinal disorders (posterior segment) of the eye and cataract surgery.
I qualified in medicine in 2001 from B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, in India and went on to complete a master’s degree in ophthalmology from the same institute gaining a Gold Medal and went on to gain a higher research degree (DM) from Cranfield University, UK. I studied ethnic variation in diabetic retinopathy in London. In 2015 I completed my specialist ophthalmology training in the U.L. with a South West Peninsular Deanery. Subsequently, I went on to undertake two years of sub-specialty training in vitreoretinal disorder at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and University Hospital Southampton.
I specialise in treating patients with vitreoretinal disorders, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. I have sub-specialised in treatments of retinal conditions like retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, and vitreous floaters.
To date I have performed more than 3000 cataract surgeries and close to 1000 vitrectomies.
I am involved in charitable work. I support two charity organisations Khmer Sight, Cambodia and BKL Walawalkar Charitable Trust, India, where I teach and perform cataract surgery. I am trying to set up diabetic screening services at these sites
Areas of interest
Retinal Detachment; Macular hole; Epiretinal membrane; diabetic retinopathy; cataract;age related macular degeneration
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmologist: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Hindi - Native or bilingual
- Gujarati - Conversational
- FRCOphth Royal College of Ophthalmologist, London 2012
- D.M (Research) Cranfield University, UK 2011
- MBBS Gujarat University 2001
- MS (Master in Ophthalmology) Gujarat University, India 2004
Reference number 6080591
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCT, 2015
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Ophthalmologist
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