Mr Ahmed El-Amir qualified from the Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary's Hospital in London and began his interest in ophthalmology and retinal disorders under the mentorship of Professor Bird in the Professorial Unit of Moorfields Eye Hospital. He went on to gain a commendation from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for the Duke-Elder undergraduate prize in ophthalmology.
Mr El-Amir was selected to commence the prestigious specialist surgical training in Moorfields. Here he became the Head of House, and continued his interest in the medical and surgical treatment of retinal disorders.
He went on to complete his registrar and senior registrar training at the Oxford School of Ophthalmology. Here he gained his Advanced Training, approved by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, in the surgical treatment of retinal disorders (vitreo-retinal surgery) as well as the latest techniques in small-incision cataract surgery.
Mr El-Amir was appointed in 2010 to run a joint vitreo-retinal service with the team at Royal Berkshire Hospital. With his first year in post Mr El-Amir has been successful in committing to training senior advanced trainees in vitreo-retinal surgery approved by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
He is now a Consultant Ophthalmic and Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon at Circle Reading and the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust. He is also the Lead Consultant in charge of paediatric ophthalmic screening for, and the treatment of, retinopathy of prematurity for Windsor.
Mr El-Amir is the chair of clinical governance at the Prince Charles Eye Unit, Windsor.
Ahmed was born in Colorado and raised in London. He is a keen sportsman, playing competitive non-league football with background experience from the Tottenham Academy and Senior Southern and Conference Football. He was the top goal scorer for his medical school winning the 'double' of the Hospitals Cup and University Cup.
Current NHS or research position
Consultant Ophthalmic and Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust.
Year of first medical qualification
Special clinical interests
Vitreo-retinal surgery and suture-less vitrectomy (retinal detachment, macular hole, epi-retinal membrane), small-incision, topical anaesthesia, cataract surgery, premium intra-ocular lens implant (multi-focal lens implant, toric lenses, bespoke presbyopia lenses), medical retinal disorders and diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, paediatric ophthalmology, general ophthalmology, glaucoma, Eylea for treatment of patients with wet Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
He has worked in the laboratory to identify the safety profiles for surgical dyes in macular hole surgery. Over the past five years, he has worked with the University of Oxford to establish the epidemiological data for the whole of England for vitrectomy surgery and retinal detachment in order to understand these conditions better.
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
British and Eire Vitreo-retinal Society
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
American Academy of Ophthalmology