Biography

I was born on 18th September 1969 in Bromborough, UK. Educated at Birkenhead School and then Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, I graduated with a first class BA degree in medicine and computer science, finishing top of my year. During my undergraduate years I was elected to a number of exhibitions and scholarships for my academic performances.

My clinical medical training was at Cambridge University Clinical School where I won several prizes including the Henry Roy Dean Prize for Pathology and the Charles and Iris Brook Prize. I qualified as a doctor in 1993, passing my final MB examinations with distinction.

As a medical student I worked in the Department of Ophthalmology of Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. I performed research into the conjunctival microcirculation, work which allowed me to combine my medical and computing interests. In 1994 I was awarded the Foulds Trophy by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for this research.

After completing posts in general medicine, general surgery, accident and emergency, neurology and neurosurgery I returned to the Department of Ophthalmology at Addenbrooke's to undertake training in ophthalmic surgery. During this time I passed the three parts of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' Fellowship Examination, and in 1999 was awarded the College's Harcourt Medal for the highest marks in the final part.

In 1999 I began working at the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Over five years I honed my ophthalmic and surgical skills, and developed my subspeciality interest in surgery for vitreoretinal disorders. During this time I continued to pursue various research interests which have resulted in a number of publications in international peer reviewed journals, and the award of the Treacher-Collins Prize from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

In 2004 I was delighted to take up a position as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, and I also have practising privileges at the Claremont and Thornbury Hospitals.

I have held the position of Lead Clinician for the Cataract Service since 2006 and have led the introduction of audit for intra-operative complications, routine surveillance for post-operative endophthalmitis, and procedures for monitoring and refining post-operative outcomes for all of our patients. I am a member of the board of the Britain and Eire Association of Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons (BEAVRS).

I am currently undertaking a Masters degree in Medical Management and Leadership, and I continue to pursue research interests in vitreo-retinal and cataract surgery.