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Mr Gerard McGowan is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Specialist at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, which is the largest eye department and centre of excellent for eyes in Scotland.

He graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2005. He completed seven years of ophthalmic training at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow. He subsequently entered into a one year advanced medical training vitreoretinal fellowship in Glasgow. This was followed by a second international vitreoretinal and medical retina fellowship at the world renowned Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

His main research interests include the quantification of metamorphopsia and the incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large submacular haemorrhage. He has won numerous prizes throughout his career including the Lachlan MacNeil travel scholarship 2011, Dorey/Lister RCOphth travel award 2012, the Pauline and Oswald Lapp ARVO travel award 2013, the 2014 St Lazarus charity award and the ARVO M.I.T prize 2014.

Mr McGowan serves on the UK Royal College of Ophthalmologists surgical training faculty, which trains junior surgeons throughout the UK. He also sits on the national ophthalmic selection panel. He has given 20 international presentations and published widely in highly regarded peer review journals. He has recently been appointed to the ESASO VR faculty to train European vitreoretinal surgeons in Lugano, Switzerland.

Mr McGowan is one of the UK's busiest vitreoretinal surgeons and is head of the prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology in Glasgow, where he teaches vitreoretinal surgeons from all over the world.

Professional Memberships

  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
  • Surgical Skills Faculty member. Trainer on compulsory course for all UK
  • ophthalmology trainees to learn microsurgical technique.
  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
  • Panel member of the national selection board in ophthalmology
  • British and Irish Vitreoretinal Society (BEAVRS)
  • Scottish Vitreoretinal Society (SCIVRS)
  • Euretina

Clinical Interests

Specialises in: Surgical Retina

Areas of interest

  • Cataract surgery; complex cataract surgery; surgical repair of complicated
  • cataract surgery; vitreoretinal diseases;retinal tears(laser
  • retinopexy);floaters;epiretinal membrane;macular hole;retinal
  • detachment;diabetic eye diease (retinopathy);age related macular
  • degeneration;eye trauma; general ophthalmology;glaucoma;laser yag
  • capsulotomy; laser photocoagulation; laser peripheral iridotomy
Research interests:
  • Quantification of metamorphopsia.
  • Incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large sub
  • macular haemorrhage (smh) secondary to age related macular degeneration.
  • Principal investigator for the SMH Scottish Ophthamological Surveillance Unit
  • Study which aims to be the first study to identify the incidence of acute large
  • submacular haemorrhage.

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Consultant Ophthalmologist: Vitreoretinal Specialist, University Hospital of Ayr/University Hospital Crosshouse

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