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Professor Harminder Dua


MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FFMLM, FRCS(Edinburgh), FEBO, FRCOphth, FRCP(Edinburgh, Hon.), FCOptom.(Hon.), FRCOphth.(Hon.), FAICO (Hon.), MD, PhD

Practices at: The Park Hospital

A photo of Professor Harminder Dua

Prof. Dua has over 40 years’ experience as an eye surgeon. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of a range of diseases that affect the front of the eye namely, eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, cataract and some forms of glaucoma. He is one of the UK’s leading experts in ocular surface reconstruction by stem cell transplant, dry eye disease, conjunctivitis, corneal diseases and infections, inflammation due to allergic eye diseases and several others.

He commonly performs cataract surgery, corneal transplant operations both lamellar and full thickness, pterygium surgery, alcohol delamination for recurrent corneal erosions, amniotic membrane transplantation, limbal stem cell transplantation and corneal collagen crosslinking for keratoconus. He also undertakes laser refractive corneal surgery, refractive lens exchange and intraocular lens implants (phakic implants) for eliminating or reducing need for glasses and contact lenses.

He regularly provides expert medicolegal reports for both the claimant and the defendant.

Amongst his over one hundred and fifty awards and accolades are The Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013), The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for ‘Research project of the year’; Vice-chancellor’s medal (2016), ESASO Award for Excellence in Teaching and Training (2019), the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions Clubs International Foundation, for dedicated humanitarian services (2019), and several medals and eponymous lectures. He has recently been endowed with Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the College of Optometrists UK and the All India Collegium of Ophthalmology. These are the highest accolades conferred by the respective Colleges.

He was listed by the magazine ‘Ophthalmologist’ in the top 20 most influential individuals in Ophthalmology worldwide (2014); and amongst in the top 100 in 2016, 2018 and 2020. He was one of five Ophthalmologists in the list of ‘Britain’s Top Doctors’ (2010) published by The Times magazine. He has been endowed with honorary life memberships of four international academic societies. One eponymous lecture, “The Dua Lecture” Birmingham, and a seminar room in the Nottingham post-graduate centre, “The Dua Room” have been named in his honour.
He has successfully supervised 50 PhD and MD post-graduate students, has published over 375 papers and has an H-index of 72 with over 19000 citations (google scholar 17. 09.20).His discovery of the pre-Descemets layer (Dua’s layer) in 2013 has enhanced understanding of corneal surgery and pathology and led to the innovation of three novel surgical procedures. The layer has been recently endorsed by the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists.  Prof. Dua is High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in nomination, to assume office in 2021.


Professional Memberships

He is currently Editor-in-chief of the Journal of EuCornea, President of The European association for vision and eye research Foundation (EVERf, re-appointed 2017), member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and the American Ophthalmological Society, Board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology and Trustee of the Sussex Eye Foundation and  immediate past Master of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, UK. He was the 9th President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK (2011-14) and has served as Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14); President of the European society of cornea and ocular surface disease specialists (EuCornea, 2011-13), President of the European association for vision and eye research (EVER, 2008) and of the EVER Foundation (EVERf, 2010-14). He was Trustee of Sight Savers International (2008-12) and was member of the International steering committee of the second Dry Eye Workshop and served on the ‘Definition and Classification committee’ (DEWS II, 2015-17).

Clinical Interests

  • Cataract surgery
  • Corneal transplant surgery
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome surgery
  • Amniotic membrane transplant
  • Limbal stem cell transplant
  • Phakic implants and Refractive lens exchange