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Fellowship programme

"Thank you so much for the past year. Now I believe it when you say give me one year of your life! But it's been a geat year! Its not just the surgical and clinical skills, in the past year I've grown and matured and learnt so many other things from you as well. The operating theatre times we had will always be very memorable for me...." 

"Thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn from you. It has been a tough fellowship but very rewarding indeed. When I started a year ago, I was very inexperienced....Thank you for believing in me and not giving up on cultivating my skills. Now, I am confident in managing most cases...Thanks for passing on bite-sized pearls of knowledge that one cannot acquire from books/papers. You have also inspired me to continuously challenge and improve myself not just in Eyes, but in life in general. Once again, thank you for investing your time in me..."


"Thank you. Not only have you taught me innovative skills in oculoplastics, but also a systematic approach to medicine and learning as a whole. It has been such a privelege to be your fellow. I will be forever grateful ...."
 

"Thank you for challenging me to step up to your incredible standards. Your guidance has helped me to mature and I now feel equipped to handle whatever future challenges I may face. Your acumen, knowledge and drive has meant I could not have wished for a better mentor. Forever grateful...."

"Just wanted to say thank you for everything. A life changing year undoubtedly, that has altered both my professional and personal outlook"

 

"Words cannot express....Thank you for giving me this opportunity and for setting high standards and help me overcome my difficulties and acheive more than I expected. Thank you for believing and investing in me..."

 

Mr Malhotra is the preceptor for a fellowship training programme in oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital surgery. An integral part of the Fellowship is taking part in complex, multidisciplinary orbito-facial surgery with maxillofacial and plastic surgery. A comprehensive training in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery is provided, with opportunities for clinical research.

 

The fellowship provides a broad training in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery. There are also opportunities for exposure to corneal and refractive surgery, plastic and maxillofacial surgery, burns management and Mohs surgery. The oculoplastic Fellow is expected to attend the inter-disciplinary Facial Anomalies Clinic (FACE) at East Grinstead and linked operating lists, as well as work closely with the maxillofacial, plastic surgery and burns departments.

 

The Fellowship is under the direct supervision of Mr Malhotra and Mr Andre Litwin.

 

The post is most suitable for experienced ophthalmologists who are at pre-consultant level or close to the end of their training. A Fellowship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Royal College of Surgeons, or equivalent, is desirable. GMC Registration must be obtained or feasible.

 

Core components of the Fellowship

 

1. Regional oculoplastic and orbital service

 

The Queen Victoria Hospital provides a regional service to the South East Thames Region. Within this is the tertiary Oculoplastic and Orbital Service, which includes a comprehensive service for periocular malignancy, regularly requiring complex reconstruction, often with multidisciplinary input. The unit also provides a regional tertiary service for the management of thyroid orbitopathy, including orbital decompression.

 

2. Lacrimal service

 

External, powered endoscopic endonasal and paediatric endoscopic endonasal DCR, including Lester-Jones tubes, are carried out.

 

3. Research and publication

 

The unit has an international reputation for oculoplastic and ocular surface research. The Fellow will be expected to participate in new and ongoing projects, as well as give presentations at national and international meetings. The fellow will be expected to undertake at least two projects leading to publication during the Fellowship.

 

4. FACE Service

 

The Facial Anomalies Clinic (FACE) was set up jointly by a consultant plastic and burns surgeon and a maxillofacial surgeon. Together, we now hold regular inter-disciplinary clinics and operate together on multi-disciplinary cases. The team are involved in the management of post-traumatic orbitofacial reconstruction and vascular malformations.


5. FACIAL PALSY SERVICE

The oculoplastic service is closely involved in the FACIAL PALSY team with Mr Charles Nduka, consultant plastic surgeon. It is a specialist multi-disciplinary team at the QVH devoted to the rehabilitation of facial weakness.

 

6. Periocular Mohs service

 

A Mohs service for patients with periocular tumours has been developed with Dr Shergill at QVH and is also available at nearby Mohs units in Croydon and London. Facilities are available for the Fellow to spend time in the Mohs Unit.

 

7. The Prosthetics service

 

The prosthetics workshop at the Queen Victoria Hospital is one of the largest providers of ocular, oculofacial and facial prosthetics in Europe. It is also a teaching centre for students and postgraduate prosthetists. The Corneoplastic Unit works closely with the prosthetics department both in clinical care but also in prospective research studies.

 

Current, past and forthcoming fellows


Katja Ullrich (Australia)
August 2018-

Elad Ben-Artsi (Israel)
Feb 2018-

John Bladen (UK)
August 2017-

Nikhil Cascone (Italy)
Feb 2017-
nikhil.cascone@gmail.com

André Grixti (UK)
August 2016 -
grixti.andre@gmail.com

Ilan Feldman (Israel)
Feb 2016 - Feb 2017
dr.feldman@hotmail.com


Petrina Tan (Singapore)
June 2015 - June 2016
email: petpurrs@gmail.com
Petrina is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon at Jurong Helath Ng Teng Hospital, Singapore.


We Fong Siah (Malaysia, Ireland)
Feb 2015 - Feb 2016
email: wefong_siah@yahoo.com
We Fong is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust


Ahsen Hussain (UK)
Nov 2014 - May 2015
Ahsen is currently a fellow at The Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto.

Nora El-Shammah (Austria)
March 2014 – November 2014
Nora is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon at the Clevelnad Clinic Abu Dhabi.
email: nshammah@gmx.at

Kimia Ziahosseini (UK)
November 2013 – Feb 2015
Kimia is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitall NHS Foundation Trust.

Cornelia Poitelea (UK)
October 2013 – May 2014.
Cornelia is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Worthing Hospital, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. 



Linda Wilboe (Denmark)
February 2013 – July 2013





Andre Litwin (UK)
November 2012 – October 2013.



In November 2013 Andre was appointed locum consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at the Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. In April 2014 he returned to QVH as a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at the Corneoplastic Unit, QVH.
e-mail: andre@doctors.org.uk

Zaid Al-Abbadi (Jordan)
April 2012 – Feb 2014



Zaid is a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon in private practice in Jordan.
e-mail: zaid_alabbadi@yahoo.com

Suresh Sagili (UK)
February 2012 – 2013

 

Suresh was a locum consultant oculoplastic surgeon at St Georges' Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital and is now a consultant at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shrewsbury. 
e-mail: sureshsagili@yahoo.com


Zsuzsanna Antus (Hungary)
November 2011– 2012



Zsuzsanna is an oculoplastic surgeon in the Department of Ophthalmology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
e-mail: zsuzsanna.antus@gmail.com

Mano Sira (UK)
February 2011– Feb 2012


Mano is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon the Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, UK.
e-mail: manosira@doctors.org.uk

Inbal Avisar (Israel)
September 2010 – August 2011

 

Inbal is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon at the Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tiqwa, Israel.

e-mail: avisar.inbal@gmail.com


Jonathan Norris (UK)
February 2010 – January 2011

  

Jonathan is a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon and head of the oculoplastic service at The Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford.
e-mail: jononorris@hotmail.com
 

Philip O'Reilly (Ireland)
September 2009 – September 2010

Philip oReilly

Philip is a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, Ireland.

e-mail: mrphiliporeilly@gmail.com





 

Jonathan Ross (UK)
January 2009 – January 2010

 

Jonathan is a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Scotland.

e-mail: mrjonathanross@yahoo.com

Vikesh Patel (UK)
September 2008 — September 2009

Vikesh Patel 

Vikesh is a consultant ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon at the Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Preston, UK.

e-mail: vikeshp@hotmail.com>


Anna Susie Morley (UK)
January 2008 – January 2009

Susie Morley

Susie is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon and head of the oculoplastic division at St. Thomas' Hospital, London. If you'd like to know more about her experiences, e-mail: susie.morley@gstt.nhs.uk



 


Hirohiko Kakizaki (Japan)
Research Fellow September 2007 – June 2008

Hirohiko Kakizaki

Hirohiko is a consultant oculoplastic surgeon and Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Anatomy, Aichi Medical University, Nagakute, Aichi, 480-1195, Japan




 


Siew-Yin Then (Australia)
February 2007 – January 2008

 

Siew Yin Then

Then is a consultant ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon at Fremantle Hospital, as well as the South Street Eye Clinic and Mandurah Eye Clinic, Perth, Australia. If you'd like to know more about her experiences, e-mail: siewthen@googlemail.com




 


Jean-Louis de Sousa (Australia)
September 2005 – January 2007

Jean Louis DeSousa

Jean-Louis is a consultant oculoplastic and orbital surgeon at The Lions Eye Institute, Perth, Australia, and The Royal Perth Hospital, Wellington Street, Perth Australia. If you'd like to know more about his experiences, e-mail: jlds@lei.org.au




 

Nikolas Trakos (Greece)

July – August 2005
 

Ioannis Mavrikakis (Greece)

July 2004 – June 2005
 

Ijaz Sheikh (UK)

November 2003 – June 2004
Ijaz is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at East Surrey Hospital, Redhill.

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