I am a Senior Clinician Scientist at Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) conducting research programmes dealing with significant gaps in clinical and scientific knowledge of common childhood eye conditions with poor management outcomes, and investigate them in collaboration with SKERI’s vision scientists. I have put together some of the clinical challenges as research questions to be investigated with a view to improving diagnosis and intervention and ultimately resulting in improved patient outcomes. My main interests are to determine the relationship of accommodation and vergence in strabismus; assessment of patterns of visual function loss in amblyopia and cerebral visual impairment. My research programmes investigate visual brain neuroscience and oculomotor behavior using eye tracking, photorefraction, psychophysics and visually evoked brain potentials in childhood eye disease. I work with a team of young scientists and collaborate nationally and internationally with senior scientists both at SK and other institutions laboratories; children and parents of affected children; and, teachers of the visually impaired children with specific expertise in the areas of investigation. such as cerebral/cortical visual impairmen; amblyopia and strabismus, childhood cataract and visual function in children who are monocular. Previously, I worked for 25 years as a Consultant Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Strabismus Surgeon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK. My clinical training was at university teaching hospitals in Delhi, London, Manchester, Bristol, Miami and San Francisco. My research training at Bristol University was in application of preferential looking techniques in of normal and abnormal visual development. I completed my pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus clinical fellowship with Professor John Flynn at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami and Dr Arthur Jampolsky and Dr Alan Scott at Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (SKERI) in San Francisco.
Senior Scientist (Clinical)
M.D. (Doctorate of Medicine, Bristol University. UK)
D.O. (Royal College of Ophthalmologists. UK)
FRCS (Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. UK)
FRCOphth (Royal College of Ophthalmologists. UK)