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Prof Narciss Okhravi
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Bath St
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  • Professorial Teaching Fellow
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Professor Okhravi BSc (Hons) MBBS ( Hons) FRCOphth  PhD  PGCertMedEd  FAcadMEd PGCert Leadership (Quality Improvement) 

Areas of specialty practice:  Education, Ophthalmology, Medical retina (Diabetic eye disease, Age related macular degeneration, vein and arterial occlusions) Uveitis ( all non-complex and complex uveitic diseases), Scleritis, Cataract (diagnosis, pre-operative care, post-operative complication management), Cataract surgery

Year and Location of first medical qualification: 1989 The Royal London Hospital Medical School (University of London)

Further key experience: Teaching and Medical retina fellowships - Moorfields Eye Hospital, PhD in Ophthalmology – UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London, and Generation Q Fellow ( The Health Foundation and Ashridge Business School)

Membership of professional /national/regional bodies:  Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Royal Society of Medicine , American Academy of Ophthalmology,  American Uveitis Society, British Medical Association, Member European Association for Vision and Eye Research, Member of the College of Assessors  (The Health Foundation), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators , Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education, and a Member of the Undergraduate Working Party at Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Date joined UCL Institute of Ophthalmology: 1994- date

Date joined Moorfields:  First joined in 1991, then as a Consultant in 2004

Research Summary

Prof Okhravi completed a 4 year laboratory and clinical research programme at the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, and obtained a PhD in Ophthalmology, in 1999. Her PhD thesis described the successful use of molecular methods to diagnose intraocular infection. She was appointed as a Welcome Trust fellow, and has obtained grants in excess of >£1,040,000 from The Wellcome Trust, Fight for Sight, Moorfields Eye Hospital Biomedical Research Centre, Special Trustees, Friends of Moorfields and Oclyx Ltd.

She is a member of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (at Moorfields Eye Hospital), the NETSCC health technology assessment (HTA) college of experts, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), an alumnus of Ashridge Business School, and a Member of the College of Assessors ( at The Health Foundation)

Current research interests include:

Effectiveness in Ophthalmology education (undergraduate and post-graduate multidisciplinary students and staff groups)

Organisational effectiveness ( in particular in relation to patient safety, and 'too much medicine')

Public and patient involvement (in education, clinical surgical outcomes and clinical research)

Macular oedema (especially that secondary to diabetic eye disease and uveitis)

Infective uveitides (Challenges of diagnosis)

Teaching Summary

Prof Okhravi has served in an Education leadership role since 2004. She holds the titles of

  • Professorial Teaching Fellow at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology,
  • Director of Studies at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHSFT
  • Director of Undergraduate Education at Moorfields NHSFT
  • Associate Dean and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Centre for Medical Education, Institute of Health Sciences Education, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London.

Prof Okhravi has a keen interest in education of health care professionals, both at undergraduate and at postgraduate level, with wide experience of teaching clinicians, ophthalmologists and allied health professionals. Since 2004, as a clinical and surgical trainer, Ms Okhravi has shaped the training of several thousand medical students, educated 36 teaching fellows and circa 350 junior doctors. She is renowned internationally for her clinical work, research and education expertise and the involvement of patients in every aspect of her work.

During this time she has expanded the teaching capabilities of the Trust now looking after the needs of 800+ medical students from 4 different Universities per annum. She has developed, and appoints yearly, 3 clinical Undergraduate teaching fellows for whom she acts as Educational Supervisor.  Her team of Consultant Ophthalmologists with dedicated protected time in their job plans to teach has grown from none to 5 over last 10 years including a Deputy Director of Education who commenced her duties in 2014.

Prof Okhravi is founder and co-chair of the Moorfields Academy, an informal educational networking forum focussed on multidisciplinary education. The Moorfields Academy celebrated its 10th year in 2020. 

Prof Okhravi is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators

01-OCT-2020 Professorial Teaching Fellow Education UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, United Kingdom
03-DEC-2018 Honorary Associate Professor Education UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, United Kingdom
18-JUL-2018 Director of Studies Education UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, United Kingdom
2011 Associate Dean and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer Centre for Medical Education Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, United Kingdom
2011 – 2018 Honorary Senior Lecturer Department of Ocular Biology and Therapeutics (ORBIT) UCL, Institute of Ophthalmology, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2004 Director of Undergraduate Education Education Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS FT, United Kingdom
01-FEB-2004 Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Medical Retina and Uveitis Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS FT, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   PGCert Ashridge business school
2009   PGCertMedEd Dundee University
1999   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1989   Doctor of Medicine Royal London Hospital
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