Bashar finished his basic Ophthalmology training both in the West Midlands and the Bristol region and his higher specialist training in Aberdeen.
After that, he undertook further subspecialty fellowship training in Medical Retina and ocular inflammation from Bristol. Bashar is a consultant Ophthalmologist in Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre (BMEC), which is a tertiary referral centre as well as Sandwell General hospital since 2017. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist since 2013 attaining FRCOphth- London. His subspecialty interest is medical diseases related to the retina and ocular inflammation/ uveitis.
In addition, he continues to be actively practicing general and acute Ophthalmology. He was the Clinical Lead for the emergency eye care in BMEC (Jan 2018- Jan 2020). BMEC Eye casualty is the only walk-in eye casualty in Birmingham and large parts of the west midlands and one of the largest in the UK. He raised standards through the introduction of many protocols, guidelines and audits.
After that he took up the role of the College Tutor in BMEC holding the Royal College of Ophthalmologists standards and facilitates excellence and safety in training the next generation of Ophthalmologists.
Bashar is interested in medical retinal conditions ranging from the common ones such as Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), retinal vascular occlusion RVO(blocked retinal vein), and diabetic retinopathy to the complex and rare ones. His other subspecialty interest in Uveitis puts him in a special position to diagnose and manage challenging cases, which cross over between uveitis and retinal diseases. Bashar runs an ocular inflammation and uveitis clinic and have many patients on immunosuppression including biologic therapy.
Uveitis is not an uncommon condition that affects anyone but mainly people of working age. Treatment can be as simple as a course of drops or much more complex with steroids tablets or immunosupression. There are very few Ophthalmologists who sub-specialise in this area, which requires comprehensive and thorough approach.
Bashar is passionate about teaching and training. He has a Master’s degree in Medical Education from Warwick University. He is the current Royal College of Ophthalmologists Tutor in BMEC responsible for upholding excellent postgraduate training for juniors in the hospital. He ran many Training the Trainers courses oversees and presented in many local, national and international conferences. He published in many scientific journals and been involved in many multi-centre large studies during his work in Bristol Eye Hospital. He is up-to-date and at the forefront of all the new advances in his field.
Bashar says: My ethos is compassionate care to patients whether in the NHS or in the private sector. I share everything with my patients, and they are the centre of my care. Eye conditions can be very worrying and a quick access to an experienced specialist can be reassuring and sometimes sight saving. I will do my very best to put you at ease, explain your condition or symptoms and give you the care I expect a member of my family to receive.