Prof Peter Shah

Consultant Ophthalmologist

BSc(Hons), MB ChB, FRCOphth, FRCP Edin.

Year qualified:1985

Specialty

Personal profile

Professor Peter Shah is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Supra-regional Glaucoma Specialist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, UK. He is also a visiting Professor at University College London (NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Moorfields Eye Hospital & UCL Institute of Ophthalmology). Professor Shah is also an Honorary Professor of Glaucoma at the Centre for Health & Social Care Improvement at the University of Wolverhampton. He is an internationally recognised leader in glaucoma surgery and also specialises in complex cataract surgery, “only eye” surgery and anterior segment reconstruction. He has written 5 textbooks and authored approximately 100 publications.

Professor Shah is the current President of the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society, Secretary of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress and a sitting member of the Education Committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He was a Founder member of the Midland Glaucoma Society and Past-chair of the British Eye Study Group.

He is the Co-Founder and Director of the Birmingham Institute for Glaucoma Research at the Institute for Translational Medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham. Professor Shah is the leader of the ReGAE (Research into Glaucoma And Ethnicity) project, which aims to prevent avoidable glaucoma blindness in the diverse communities of the UK.

Professor Shah has previously served as Glaucoma Section Editor for “Eye” and is co-Editor of Ophthalmic Anaesthesia. He is also Co-Editor of the International Ophthalmology Portal. He has a major interest in patient safety and risk management and has lectured widely on these subjects.

He is strongly committed to mentoring and has trained over 20 national and international Glaucoma Fellows. Professor Shah is part of a charitable team providing support for surgeons in Tanzania through “Sight for East Africa” and is a Co-Investigator on the KILGIP (Kilimanjaro Glaucoma Intervention Program) team currently assessing medical vs SLT laser treatment in a RCT. Professor Shah is the Royal College of Ophthalmologists lead for Foundation Doctors and Newly-appointed Consultants. He is committed to developing wet-lab simulations for glaucoma surgery and runs the Birmingham Trabeculectomy Wet-lab Academy.

Professor Shah has previously worked as a patron for “Speight of the Art” and is currently a patron to the Jaffray Care Society for adults with learning difficulties. He also has a long-standing link with “Sight for East Africa”.

Professional Membership



  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists

  • Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

  • Oxford Ophthalmological Congress

  • British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society

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