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Mr Theocharis Papanikolaou

Consultant Ophthalmologist


Practices at: The Cavell Hospital, The Kings Oak Hospital, Hendon Hospital

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Personal Profile

Mr Papanikolaou is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon.

For the last ten years he has held a substantive consultant post at North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom. He is a medical retina specialist and he also has the role of the Lead Clinician of the Retina Department within the Hospital Eye Services.

During his time there he led the development of a specialised “Macular Services” department which deals primarily with Diabetic Eye Disease, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Retinal Vascular Occlusive Disease.

He has personally performed thousands of intra-vitreal injection treatments and retinal laser treatments and over the years he has taught and supervised a high number of trainees to do these procedures in a very safe way, which can be demonstrated by the extremely low levels of complication rates as compared to the average national standard.

In addition to leading and supervising the Medical Retina and Diabetic Retinopathy Service he is also providing senior clinician services to Ophthalmology clinical areas of General Ophthalmology, Glaucoma and Eye Casualty.

He is actively participating in the Teaching Programme of the Unit and undertaking supervision teaching and training of medical students, nurses and other multi-professional staff, in line with the guidance from the relevant Royal Colleges.

He is regularly engaged in the development of clinical guidelines and oversees audits undertaken in order to ensure that the provision of high quality of care to the patients is always maintained. He has published papers in several journals and he has presented research at national and international conferences.

For many years he has been interacting and working closely with the local Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, leading on this relationship. Together they have been trying to find ways to overcome the challenges relating to the provision of eye health care to the diabetic population of North London and at the same time improve the quality of eye care provided to the patients.

He has completed a fellowship in Medical Retina Disease at Addenbrooke’s University Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also has an interest in Inflammatory Eye Disease and has undergone training in the management of routine and complex cases at the world renowned, Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
Apart from his special interest in retinal diseases, he deals with the full range of general ophthalmic conditions.

Mr Papanikolaou has a particular interest in cataract surgery. He has been undertaking supervision, teaching and training of junior ophthalmologists in cataract surgery for many years. He has successfully treated a high number of patients and his surgical complication rates are well below the UK national average. Mr Papanikolaou prides himself in the provision of a very high quality service to all patients.

Membership Interests

Professional Memberships

  • General Medical Council (Registration Number: 6034384)
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Clinical Interests

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Vein Occlusions
  • Glaucoma
  • Intravitreal injections
  • Intravitreal implants
  • Laser for Diabetic Retinopathy
  • YAG laser capsulotomy
  • Chalazion surgery

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