Ananth Viswanathan

Ananth Viswanathan

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2256

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 


Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London

Further key experience: 

BSc(Hons) in neuroscience
Previously lecturer in neurosurgery at the Royal London Hospital 
MD in visual psychophysics in glaucoma
PhD in genetic epidemiology

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

Chairman of EGS GlaucoGENE (European Genetic Epidemiology network)
Chairman of UK glaucoma early diagnosis programme
Co-chair of World Glaucoma Association promulgation committee
Member of honorary medical advisory panel to the Secretary of State on visual disorders and driving 
Member of Asia Pacific glaucoma guideline international review committee
Member of Wellcome Trust case control consortium 2 management committee (and principal applicant for glaucoma) 
Member of Medical Research Council steering committee on glaucoma screening feasibility study (and study collaborator)
Member of UK Genetic Testing Network working group 
Member of the British Eye Study Group
Member of World Glaucoma Association guidelines for reporting and publishing committee 
Editorial board member, International Glaucoma Review
Member of UK & Eire Glaucoma Society
Member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Member of statistical genetics group, Institute of Psychiatry London
Member of the International Perimetric Society
Invited expert, Lasker Foundation/international retinal research foundation initiative for Innovation in Vision Science

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

Consultant surgeon (glaucoma), Moorfields Eye Hospital (2003)
Honorary visiting professor, City University, London
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Ophthalmology, London

Other professional achievements: 

Overall winner, Medical Research Council translational research innovation award 2008 (with Mr. David Garway-Heath, Dr. Gay Mary Verdon-Roe and Professor Fred Fitzke)
Part of the team which contributed to the winning of the Hospital Doctor clinical excellence award for the Moorfields service at St. George's Hospital
Active in clinical research: major grants, book chapters, papers, organising symposia
Active in teaching at local, national and international level, and including organising South West Thames regional teaching day, regular lectures to Moorfields residents, to students on Moorfields MRCOphth Pt III refresher course and to attendees on Moorfields GP course, examining MPhil, examining and supervising PhD students, supervising pre-registration optometrist observers in clinic and undergraduate medical students in clinic at St.George's, and lecturing to North London Optometrists Group and to orthoptists' glaucoma special interest group
Invited speaker at local (e.g. Moorfields bicentennial symposium), other UK (e.g. Oxford Congress Centenary Symposium) and international (e.g. Yale Glaucoma Symposium) meetings

Research interests: 

Vision (visual psychophysics) in glaucoma: early detection, progression
Quality of life/disability in glaucoma
Complex genetics in common eye disease

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