Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw

Peng Tee Khaw

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2989

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

Children's eye conditions, glaucoma, glaucoma in children and complicated glaucoma requiring advanced surgery

Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

Southampton University Medical School

Further key experience: 

Fellow in paediatric glaucoma 1989-1994, concurrent with PhD in ocular wound healing and advanced therapies to prevent scarring

Largest tertiary referral experience for surgery in complex young adult and paediatric glaucoma in the UK

Developed several new treatments and surgical techniques from discoveries in the laboratory used around the world, including the Moorfields Safer Surgery System for glaucoma

Director, National Institute of Health Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Supervised over 35 PhD and MD theses

Raised over £100 million for research and buildings including funding for the world’s largest Children’s Eye Hospital and translational research clinical centre

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

DSc Honorary Doctor of Science (Anglia Ruskin University)

FCOptom Fellow of the College of Optometrists (Honorary)

FARVO Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

FRCPath Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (Elected)

FMedSci Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (Elected)

FRSB Fellow of the Society of Biology (Elected)

FRCP Fellow Royal College Physicians London (Elected)

FRCSEng Fellow Royal College Surgeons England 

FRCOphth Fellow Royal College Ophthalmologists

FRCSGlasg Fellow Royal College Surgeons and Physicians (Glasgow)

DO Diploma Ophthalmology (Royal College of Surgeons England)

MRCP Member Royal College Physicians (UK)

Awarded Senior Investigator (one of 200 in the UK) status by the National Institute for Health Research (2008, re-awarded in 2013)

Department of Health Platinum Clinical Excellence Award (one of 200 in the UK)

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

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital since 1993.

Professor of Glaucoma and Ocular healing, University College London, since 1997

Director, National Institute for Health Biomedical Research Centre since 2007

Director of Research and Development since 2008

Programme Director "Eyes and Vision Theme" UCL Partners since 2009

Other professional achievements: 


  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Gold Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Health Science Innovator


  • Health Services Journal Top 50 Innovators List
  • Elected to Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis
  • Awarded a Knighthood by HM the Queen in her Birthday Honours June 2013
  • President, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)


  • Featured in Britain’s Top Children’s Doctors and Britain's Top Doctors, The Times


  • Arthur Lim Gold Medal Lecture, Singapore National Eye Centre
  • The Four Liveries’ Medal & Lecture. City of London


  • European Association for Vision and Eye Research Ophthalmic Research Award and Lecture, Greece
  • Featured in Britain’s Adult Top Doctors, The Sunday Times


  • Inaugural Optometric Glaucoma Society Research Excellence Award & Lecture, USA
  • Pfizer Visiting Professorship and Lectures, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, USA


  • Featured in Britain’s Top Doctors, Tatler magazine
  • Made “Ambassador” for contributions to eye research and fundraising, Fight for Sight Charity 
  • Gold Medal for Career Achievements, 25th Anniversary, King Khaled Eye Hospital and Saudi Arabian Ophthalmological Society, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2nd Swan Professorship and Lecturer, University of Oregon, USA


  • Keynote Lecturer, “Healing after Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery”, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Best-in-Show award for“Advances in Trabeculectomy - Moorfields Safer Surgery System”, American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Orleans 
  • A*STAR  Professorship, Asia-ARVO, Singapore


  • Featured in Top Surgeons in London, London Evening Standard
  • 12th Lang Lecture and Medal lecture, awarded every three years, The Royal Society of Medicine, UK


  • 19th International Lecturer, Ciba Vision, Japan 2nd Ostbaum Honor Lecture, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, San Francisco USA
  • First Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) /Pfizer Translational research award. (First major ARVO award to a UK ophthalmologist since 1960 award to Sir Stewart Duke Elder). “Presented for excellence in translational research, defined as the application of fundamental scientific discoveries and novel technologies to the development and testing of solutions leading to the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of eye disease.”
  • Richardson Cross Memorial Lecture, Southern Ophthalmological Society, UK
  • Jubilee Medal, Swedish Ophthalmological Society of Medicine, Sweden
  • American Academy Ophthalmology Achievement Award, USA
  • Goodwin Brenin Lecture and Visiting Professorship, New York University School of Medicine, USA
  • Alcon Research & Development Award for Scientific Excellence


  • Featured in Britain’s Top Doctors, The Sunday Times
  • Winner Simfonec UK business challenge Icite company business plan to develop our MMP inhibitor patent
  • Janice Krushner Memorial Lecture Main, International Glaucoma Association, UK
  • 23rd Dame Ida Mann Lecture, Oxford University, UK


  • 12th Sir Stewart Duke Elder Lecture,  Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK


  • 11th George Giles Memorial Lecture, College of Optometrists, UK


  • First Hong Leong Professorship and Lecture, National University of Singapore
  • International Glaucoma Review Award for “best research paper in glaucoma worldwide”
  • Barbers Lecture, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow


  • Iris Fund Prize Lecture, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK
  • Hunterian Professorship, Royal College of Surgeons, UK


  • Alcon Lecture Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists


  • Rogers Prize University of London
  • Prize awarded every two years for best research dissertation on "Advance in surgery"


  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists/ Iris Fund Prize, awarded once every three years "to an individual under 40 years of age in the UK for outstanding ability in ophthalmic research"

Research interests: 

Glaucoma surgery techniques, new anti-scarring agents, stem cell therapy, tissue regeneration

Languages spoken: 


Any other personal interests/background information that may be relevant: 

Professor Khaw also heads the wound healing and ocular repair team at the Institute of Ophthalmology.

Surgical videos

Link to UCL videos on adjustable suture, safe surgery, the gift of sight, goniotomy and retina - 

Advances in trabeculectomy - 


Other Youtube videos

Healthcare & life sciences

Lords Science and technology committee evidence session on regeneration.