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I am a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at University Hospital of Coventry. Previously, I was a Consultant at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham.
I graduated and obtained my specialist certificate in Italy. I then spent two years of clinical and research fellowships in Medical Retina at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and at St. Thomas’s Hospital where I conducted laboratory based basic science research on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Thereafter, I continued doing research and clinical work at the University of Rome. I then returned to the UK where I established my career. Prior to taking my first NHS consultant post in 2000, I visited several American Universities where I consolidated my retinal specialist knowledge.
I practice general ophthalmology and carry out micro-incision cataract surgery (≤2.2 mm incision).
My main sub-specialty is medical retina with emphasis on age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions and diabetic retinopathy (AMD).
I developed the NHS and private sector services in Coventry and Warwickshire for photodynamic therapy (PDT) for wet AMD, which is still a useful treatment in certain sub-types of wet AMD poorly responsive to injection treatments and central serous retinopathy, and then anti-VEGF services for a variety of macular diseases ranging from wet-AMD to retinal vein occlusions, diabetic macular oedema, vitreomacular traction and macular holes.
I have led both NHS and private sectors go develop state-of-the-art diagnostic services based on OCT and multi-modality retinal imaging, that greatly increase the accuracy of clinical decisions on when to patients with macular diseases requiring repeat intravitreal injections. The design and opening of the Macular Unit at the Hospital of St. Cross in Rugby is the achievement of which I am proud of, as it has inspired colleagues from other units.
I am experienced with any of the new injection treatments of macular diseases, such as Lucentis, Eylea, Avastin and Jetrea.
I offer my patients the benefit of easy access and expertise to high-tech retinal imaging and scanners, such as non-invasive optical coherence tomography (OCT), which are essential best practice tools for contemporary and effective management of macular diseases.
Areas of interest
Retinal disease / surgery; Age related macular degeneration (AMD); Cataract surgery; Macular diseases; Photodynamic therapy (PDT); Retinal vein occlusions; Diabetic retinopathy
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) - NHS Trust
Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology for the Comprehensive Local Research Network Lead Clinician for Ophthalmology, West Midlands (South)
Joint Clinical Lead - Ophthalmology at UHCW
Retinal and Macular Diseases
Multicentre Randomised Controlled Clinical Trials
Anti-VEGF treatments of retinal diseases such as retinal vein oclusions, Diabetic Macular Oedema, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Dry AMD, Geographic Atrophy
IN-OCT Group Membership
Panel member of International OCT nomenclature classification – First meeting in Venice (Pre-Euretina) 3-5 September 2012.
Panel Member of CAM (Classification of Atrophy) Group
Clinical Excellence Awards, 5 points
Archives of ophthalmology
Current Eye Research
Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinava
Journal of Ophthalmology
NHS readmission rates <1:1000
NHS post-operative infection rates <1:4000
NHS, Shortlistings for the Macular Society National Award for Clinical Services in April 2011 and April 2012, and 2013, reported by local press and Trust's publications such as InTouch, "Your Health, Your Trust, Your Say" and in the Trust Quality Account of 2011-2012, p 4.
140 patients surveyed in Friends & Family Questions in August-September 2012 gave the Macular Unit AMD service a score of 71 vs. average Trust score of 54.
April 2014, Certificate of Recognition for outstanding Comprehensive Clinical Research Network Portfolio
February 2015, National Award for Achievements in Commercial Clinical trials
- MD(It) - Medical Degree, Italy with Thesis on Visually Evoked Potentials University of Bari Italy 1990
- Specialisation in Ophthalmology University of Bari Italy 1990
- FRCSEd(Ophth.) Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Ophthalmology) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1999
- FRCOphth Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists Royal college of Ophthalmologists 2012
- Specialist Registrar Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham 1996
- Clinical Fellowship in Medical Retina Moorfields Eye Hospital 1991
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire - NHS Trust 2001
Details of entry to specialist register
- Ophthalmology Italy, 1990
- Ophthalmology UK, 1999
Affiliations / memberships
GMC Full registration No. 3210752
Specialist Register for Ophthalmology
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (Ophth)
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of England
British Medical Association, 6993505
Medical Defence Union, 226023D
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Member of Euretina
- BMI The Meriden Hospital, CV2 2LQ
- 13:30 - 18:30
- 01926 865901
- Nuffield Health Warwickshire Hospital, CV32 6RW
- 08:30 - 11:30
- 01926 865901
- Spire Parkway Hospital, B91 2PP
- 14:30 - 17:30
- 01926 865901
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
01788 66 3338/90
024 7696 6496