Professor David Garway-Heath

Prof David Garway-Heath

NHS secretary: 

Brenda Aveyard

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 management and the first trial in glaucoma to be published in The Lancet.
  • Inventor of the anatomical map (known as the ‘Garway-Heath map’) used worldwide in research in structure-function relationship in glaucoma, and incorporated into clinical diagnostic tool.
  • Inventor of the Moorfields regression Analysis algorithm for one of the earliest imaging diagnostic devices contributing to the worldwide use of imaging 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.
  • Workstream Lead for the combined new building for Moorfields Eye Hospital and Institute of Ophthalmology.
  • Funding for research of more than £7 million over the last 5 years.
  • Author of over 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: 

  • American Glaucoma Society International Scholar Award for “lifetime contributions to glaucoma research, education, and patient care” (2020)
  • National Health Service Clinical Excellence Award (Gold; 2019)
  • Gold Medal of Merit for “contribution to Glaucoma”, Greek Glaucoma Society (2018)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Gold Fellowship (2017)
  • Reappointed Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research (2015)
  • Alcon Research Institute Award for “outstanding contributors to ophthalmic research” (2014)
  • World glaucoma association research recognition award, senior clinician scientist (2011)
  • Overall winner Medical Research Council Translational Research Innovation Award (2008)
  • Consecutively cited as one of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology worldwide in The Ophthalmologist magazine’s power list
  • Voted as ‘top mentor’ worldwide in The Ophthalmologist magazine’s power list (2019)
  • Keynote speaker and visiting professor over 30 times worldwide
  • Supervisor to over 30 doctoral students and post-doctoral research fellows; mentor to over 25 research fellows from Europe, Asia and Latin America
  • Chair and organiser of over 20 education programmes to ophthalmologists and optometrists, and over 30 courses and 20 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. Listen to David's interview with the American Glaucoma Association.

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