Professor David Garway-Heath

Prof David Garway-Heath

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2087

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract

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 and 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 £7 million over the last five years
  • Author of nearly 200 scientific research papers


Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

  • President of the European Glaucoma Society
  • Vice President of the international Imaging and Perimetry Society
  • Chair of the Membership Committee of the international Glaucoma Research Society
  • Co-Chair, Consensus Committee, World Glaucoma Association (2016, 2011, 2007)
  • Secretary to the Imaging Morphometry Association for Glaucoma in Europe
  • Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (Chair, Glaucoma Program Committee 2008–9)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the American Ophthalmological Society
  • Member of the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society (Chair 2010)
  • 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 few 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’s power list
  • 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 over 25 doctoral students and post-doctoral research fellows; mentor to over 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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