DR. SALMAN WAQAR

MBBS, FRCOphth

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I completed my basic medical qualification (MBBS) from Rawalpindi Medical College (University of Health Sciences) Pakistan in 2005. This was complimented by two years of Foundation training in north-east England and a year of work in cardiothoracic surgery in Sheffield, where I passed the MRCSEd (General Surgery) examination. I then completed seven years of specialist ophthalmic training on the south-west rotation (Devon and Cornwall), followed by a one-year sub-specialty glaucoma fellowship in Exeter. My current appointment is as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Eye Infirmary, Plymouth.

I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and hold memberships with the United Kingdom and Eire Glaucoma Society and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. I also hold a License to Practice with the General Medical Council (UK) and am on the Specialist Register.

I have published over 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and present regularly at national and international meetings.

My clinical areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of general and acute ophthalmic conditions. I specialise in the medical, laser and surgical treatment of Glaucoma (including minimally invasive glaucoma implants and aqueous shunt surgery), along with sutureless micro-incision cataract surgery.

My academic interests include using virtual reality simulation to investigate surgeon performance and the development of innovative surgical instruments to improve patient safety. I am also an Honorary Fellow with Plymouth University, where I am involved in training the doctors and surgeons of our future and have been nominated for a regional Trainer of the Year Award.

Outside of work I am an aspiring author, keen reader, enthusiastic swimmer and triathlete, like playing squash and enjoy exploring new walks.

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