NHS Clinical Advisory Board

Mr Arun Brahma MD FRCOphth. Having qualified from Manchester Medical School in 1988, Arun Brahma performed his training in Leeds, Manchester and Dundee. Following his appointment as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Cornea and Anterior Segment Service at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 2000, Arun then set up the Refractive Surgery Suite in 2001, forming one of the earliest hospital services in the country to offer both laser and lens surgery. In addition to his wealth of experience in refractive surgery, Arun specialises in the treatment of keratoconus and has introduced several new techniques over the years to the region, including collagen cross linking, Kera-rings, INTACs and topographic guided laser. He has also pioneered numerous corneal transplant techniques in Manchester and is regularly referred patients from across the country and overseas. A medico legal expert in cornea and refractive surgery, Arun has helped to train many refractive surgeons, both in the UK and abroad. He has many publications in peer reviewed journals, and is a co-investigator in a number of research studies funded by the Medical Research Council and BBSR Council in Manchester, Lancaster and Cardiff universities.

Mr Faruque Ghanchi, MBBS MS MML FRCS (Glas) FRCOphth, has been a consultant ophthalmologist at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals since 1999. He is renowned ophthalmologist, and key opinion leader in the field of medical retina. He is honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leeds and has served as Associate Sub-Dean for admissions for the School of Medicine of the University of Leeds. He has a number of research projects in the medical retina field and serves as the lead for ophthalmology for West Yorkshire CLRN. He is also lead for industry studies (Ophthalmology) for the NIHR CRN. He has special interest in imaging technology and its application to eye. Mr Ghanchi has a number of publications and has delivered lectures at national and international meetings. Mr Ghanchi has worked with the DVLA on the Hon. Secretary of State’s advisory panel on visual standards for driving (DVLA) as well as assisted NICE with technology appraisal process. Mr. Ghanchi works with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists on the Scientific Committee and is the editor for the Royal College ‘s publication ‘Focus.’ He is a senior examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists as well as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).

Mr Mark Batterbury, BSc MB BS DO FRCS FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmologist. Mr Batterbury is Consultant Ophthalmologist at St Pauls Eye Unit in Liverpool and Director of Clinical Studies and Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology at the University of Liverpool since 1995. St. Paul’s has been performing laser eye treatments since 1992 for both NHS and private patients. He teaches and practices cataract surgery, corneal transplant and other types of corneal surgery, glaucoma surgery and refractive surgery including laser eye surgery. He completed his undergraduate medical training at Guy’s Hospital, London in 1984 and continued his postgraduate ophthalmic training at hospitals in Southampton, Guildford, Liverpool, Manchester and Perth, Australia.

Dr Waleed Al-Nuaimy, AMIEE, MIEEE, Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool. Dr Waleed Al-Nuaimy is a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineering. Dr Waleed Al-Nuaimy research interest includes Retinal Imaging Research.

Prof Charles McGhee, MB, BSc(Hons), PhD, FRCS(G), FRCOphth, FRANZCO, FRSA, Specialist Eye Surgeon. In addition to his Professorial roles, Charles McGhee is a busy Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital and his clinical practice is therefore primarily based in the public sector, however, he is also available for private consultation and surgery at Eye Institute on a weekly basis. He is regularly referred patients from eye surgeons throughout New Zealand and from overseas and has personally trained more than 20 fellows in aspects of corneal surgery. Prof McGhee's clinical interests include corneal diseases such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and complex anterior segment (front of eye) surgery following trauma. Prof McGhee has also developed multi-disciplinary approaches to the delivery of ophthalmic care and is directly involved in teaching and assessment of the Therapeutic Optometry course provided by the University of Auckland.

Dr Paul Hanmer – MedTECH Centre Manager. Paul has over fourteen years experience of design, development and manufacturing of medical devices in the NHS and commercial sector after completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Kent in collaboration with the Royal Institute and Courtaulds Research. Paul’s commercial experience included involvement in the development of a number of advanced wound care and ostomy products, including multi million dollar brands such as Aqualgel (TM) Ag, he is also a named inventor on a number of patents. He has worked in a variety of roles at all stages of the product development process from early stage research and development to transfers of technology from research into manufacturing production and evaluating technologies offered as licencing opportunities. During four years experience working in a manufacturing / operations environment Paul gained a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2004. Paul has spent the last two years as Commercial Services Manager TRUSTECH providing access to NHS expertise, business intelligence and clinical evaluations to private innovators seeking to access the NHS market. He has delivered numerous market research projects and project managed several clinical evaluations of promising novel medical devices in a wide variety of clinical areas. Paul is now the Centre Manager for MedTECH, a partnership between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), Manchester Science Park (MSP) and Corridor Manchester.

Dr Kanna Ramaesh FRCS, FRCOphth, Consultant ophthalmologist, Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospital.