Professor David Garway-Heath

Prof David Garway-Heath

NHS secretary: 

Brenda Aveyard

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2087

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 


Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, University of London

Further key experience: 

Principal investigator of the UK Glaucoma Treatment Study, a landmark trial in glaucoma and management and the first trial in glaucoma to be published in The Lancet

Inventor of the anatomical map (also known as the Garway-Heath map) used worldwide in research in structure-function relationship in glaucoma

Inventor of the Moorfields Regression Analysis algorithm for one of the earliest imaging diagnostic devices now used widely in the clinic

Theme Leader for Vision Assessment & Imaging at the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Participates in long-term strategic planning for research at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology

Chair of the Design Steering Group for the combined new building for Moorfields Eye Hospital and Institute of Ophthalmology

Funding for research of more than £4 million over the last 5 years

Author of over 180 scientific research papers

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

Vice President of the European Glaucoma Society 

Vice President of the international Imaging and Perimetry Society

Secretary to the Imaging Morphometry Association for Glaucoma in Europe

Executive Board Member of the international Glaucoma Research Society

Co-Chair, Consensus Committee, World Glaucoma Association (2016, 2011, 2007) 

Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Chair, Glaucoma Program Committee 2008–9)

Member of the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society (Chair 2010)

Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Achievement Award 2006)

Current NHS/university posts, whether full/part time, and starting year: 

International Glaucoma Association Professor of Ophthalmology for Glaucoma and Allied Studies, University College London

Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Theme Leader for research in Vision Assessment and Imaging, National Institute for Health Biomedical Research Centre

Honorary Visiting Professor, Clinical Visual Sciences, City University London

Other professional achievements: 

Reappointed Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research (one of only 3 in ophthalmology in the UK; 2015)

National Health Service Clinical Excellence Award (Silver; 2015)

Alcon Research Institute Award for ‘outstanding contributors to ophthalmic research’ (2014)

Cited as one of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology worldwide in The Ophthalmologist magazine power list (2014, 2016)

World Glaucoma Association Research Recognition Award, Senior Clinician Scientist (2011)

Overall Winner Medical Research Council Translational Research Innovation Award (2008)

Keynote speaker and visiting professor over 20 times worldwide

Supervisor to 20 doctoral students and post-doctoral research fellows; mentor to 20 research fellows from Europe, Asia and Latin America

Chair and organiser of over 15 education programmes to ophthalmologists and optometrists, and over 30 courses and 15 symposia at national and international scientific meetings

Research interests: 

Key research: development and evaluation of techniques for effective diagnosis, monitoring and management of glaucoma; identification of risk factors for glaucoma progression; and decision-support systems for healthcare delivery services

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