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Dr Narciss Okhravi
Director of Undergraduate Education
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
City Road
London
EC1V 2PD
Tel: 02075662419
Appointment
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Inst Ophthalmology - Ocular Biology
  • Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

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

·         Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism:  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:  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)

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

Research Summary

Miss 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, Medical Research Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), 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

Miss Okhravi has served as the Director of Undergraduate Education at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS FT since 2004. She holds the titles of Honorary Senior Lecturer at Department of Ocular Biology and Therapeutics (ORBIT), UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and 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.

During this time she has expanded the teaching capabilities of the Trust now looking after the needs of 800+ medical students from 3 different Universities. She has developed, and appoints yearly, 3 clinical Undergraduate teaching fellows for whom she acts as Educational Supervisor (+/- Clinical Supervisor).  Her team of Consultant Ophthalmologists with dedicated protected time in their job plans to teach has grown from none to 5 over last 6 years including a Deputy Director of Education who commenced her duties in 2014.

She is a 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.

Miss Okhravi is founder and co-chair of the Moorfields Academy, an informal educational networking forum focussed on multidisciplinary education. The Moorfields Academy celerated its 5th year and 17th meeting in November 2015, and currently has 224 members with mean partipant feedback score of >90/100. 

Appointments
2011 Associate Dean and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer Centre for Medical Education Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, United Kingdom
2011 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
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Ophthalmology University College London
1989 MD Doctor of Medicine – Medicine/Surgery Royal London Hospital
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