Council Members

Christopher Hemmerdinger

President

Chris studied Optometry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, graduating in 1994. After qualifying as an optometrist Chris studied Medicine at Manchester University, graduating in 2001.  Following jobs in Neurosurgery and Emergency medicine Chris trained in Ophthalmology at the Royal Bolton Hospital and St Paul’s eye unit, Liverpool.
Chris was appointed as consultant at Warrington in August 2011 and in 2017 moved to Macclesfield. His clinical work comprises general adult ophthalmology and specialist clinics in glaucoma and external eye disease. 

Alex Shortt

Immediate Past President 

MB BCh MSc PhD FRCOphth PGDipCat/Ref

MCLOSA President 2016 -2018. Having studied medicine for 7 years, Mr Shortt graduated first in his class from the University College Dublin Medical School, Ireland, in 1999. He served as a Senior House Officer in Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital for 3 years before undertaking a 7 year Registrar training programme, a 4 year NIHR Clinical Lectureship and 2 years of advanced corneal fellowship surgical training all at London's prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital. Mr Shortt has performed over 150 corneal transplants and 1,000 cataract operations. In his NHS practice, Mr Shortt specialises in complex diseases of the cornea including the management of patients requiring reconstruction of the eye using stem cell transplants 

Fook Chang Lam

Hon Secretary

MBChB (Hons), MRCP, FRCOphth

Full time consultant eye surgeon with more than 10 years ophthalmology experience. Special interest in cataracts, corneal surgery and glaucoma. Extensive subspecialist training from four fellowships in: Anterior Segment Fellowship at Sussex Eye Hospital, Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital, Advanced Corneal Surgery and Eye Banking at Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery and Glaucoma at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Sussex Eye Hospital.

Arun Brahma

Treasurer

I qualified in 1988 (Manchester) and did my training in Leeds, Dundee and Manchester.

I was appointed a registrar at MREH in 1993 and appointed consultant in 2000 at MREH.

I specialise in all aspects of corneal, cataract and refractive surgery.

In 2001, I set up the laser and refractive surgery unit at MREH.

My research interests are in refractive surgery, keratoconus and artificial corneas.

Andrena McElvanney

National Representative

Miss Andrena McElvanney is a consultant specialising in ocular surface disease, therapeutic contact lenses and eyelid disorders. Special interests and treatments include Ocular surface disease, contact lens related pathology, therapeutic contact lenses, eyelid disorders, dry eyes, watery eyes, allergic eye disease.

Saaeha Rauz

Co-opted 

Saaeha Rauz is a Clinical Academic in the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Research Group, Institute of Ophthalmology, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham and an honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, one of the largest dedicated eye hospitals in Europe. She provides a highly-specialised service for complex, blinding immune-mediated ocular surface diseases with a specific interest in rare progressive conjunctival scarring disorders such as mucous membrane pemphigoid and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis together with secondary causes of inflammatory dry eye including Sjögren’s Syndrome.

Ms Rauz is a Past President of MCLOSA and acts as an ex-officio member without full voting rights.

Fiona Carley

Council Member

Qualified in Medicine from Manchester University in 1992. Obtained FRCOpth (Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London) in 1997. Undertook Fellowship in Cornea/External Disease in Manchester and Leeds before being appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Oldham in 2003. In 2006 I was subsequently appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Medical Advisor to the Manchester CTS Eye Bank and committee member of Ocular Advisory Groups for both the College (OTAG) and Organ and Donation Transplantation Service (OTAG).

Obeda Kailani
Council Member

Obeda is a Specialist Registrar in Ophthalmology at Moorfields St.George’s in London.  He read medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St.Thomas’ School of Medicine.  He received a scholarship to undergo research at King’s College London during his Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and graduated with honours in 2007.  He completed academic foundation training at the Royal Free Hospital and received Merits from University College London for his efforts in teaching during this time.  He has trained in Ophthalmology at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St.Helier University Hospital and Moorfields St.George’s Hospital.  His subspecialist interests include corneal and external eye disease and glaucoma.  When not in the clinic he enjoys a variety of team sports, holds an Instructor rank in Karate PaSaRyu and is a certified PADI Diver.

Jaishree Gandhewar

Council Member

Mrs Gandhewar qualified in India in 1995 and went on to do a postgraduate degree from 2001 to 2006. Before taking the position of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary in January 2014, Mrs Gandhewar worked as a Locum General Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary for nearly a year in 2013.  She specialises in corneal and external eye disease including corneal graft surgery, corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and ocular surface disease.

Tom Flynn

Council Member

Mr Tom Flynn is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital specialising in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, keratoconus and refractive surgery (laser eye surgery). 

Mr Flynn qualified from University College Cork in 1999. He worked in the department of ophthalmology at Cork University Hospital before moving to London where he completed higher specialist training in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital. He underwent a further two years of subspecialist fellowship training in corneal and cataract surgery Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon since 2013 and has both a private and an NHS practice at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He currently provides high quality surgical and medical ophthalmic care across three of Moorfields’ sites in London

Sophie Jones

New Council Member

Miss Sophie Jones is a Consultant ophthalmic surgeon specialising in anterior segment and trauma at Kings College Hospital, London, appointed in 2014.  Miss Jones undertook Fellowship training at Moorfields and Kings College and completed Higher Specialist training with the London deanery.  She furthered her research experience at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Institute of Child Health and the Institute of Ophthalmology and was awarded MD(Res) by University College London in 2011.

Her clinical and research interests include external eye disease, collagen cross-linking and outcomes following lamellar corneal transplantation.  In addition, her current position at a major trauma centre supports her clinical interest in visual rehabilitation following trauma.

Parwez Hossain

New Council Member

Details to follow for this new council member

Gill Wood, iAMprojects 

Congress Coordinator

iAMprojects (association management) work with MCLOSA as a contracted congress coordinator. Gill Wood has worked within Ophthalmology since 2001. Gill's experience covers NHS waiting list initiatives (Patient Choice Project), Eye Unit Management (Corneo Plastic Unit at the QVH and Centre for Sight, East Grinstead). European Cataract and Refractive Project Management (EUREQUO). New hospital design project (Optegra) and since 2011 Ophthalmic Society/Charity Management to include the operation and logistical management of several annual meetings.