I have been a consultant ophthalmologist since 2010, initially serving communities in County Durham followed by Bradford.
I am a highly-experienced cataract surgeon and perform all levels of complex cataract procedures on a regular basis, completing over 800 per year. I also have fellowship training in glaucoma as well as cornea and refractive surgery.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, I obtained my medical and surgical degrees from The University of the West Indies before I migrated to the UK at the turn of the millennium to pursue a career in ophthalmology.
My postgraduate training was undertaken in the North Thames, South Thames and Yorkshire and Humber Deaneries. During this time, I worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St James’ University Hospital while also performing clinical and laboratory research at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfields and King’s College London.
Published in peer-reviewed journals, I have also presented my research at national and international conventions.
I also have a keen interest in teaching and have lectured in a variety of subjects to third-year medical students at University College London and Royal Free Hospital. Alongside this, I am the College Tutor at Bradford Royal Infirmary and continue to teach and guide young ophthalmologists in training to help them achieve their goals.
Prof Bernie Chang is a consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with over 15 years experience, specialising in oculoplastics (eyelid surgery), lacrimal (tear duct) and orbital surgery.
He has been past senior Vice President, honorary secretary of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK. Currently he chairs the External/Invited Service Review Group of the College. He acts as an expert advisor on devices to the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) and was involved with the National working groups that wrote the cosmetic surgery and refractive surgery guidelines.
He is a founder member of the British Oculoplastics Surgery Society (BOPSS) and a member of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS).
He is an avid believer in providing high quality services for patients in an NHS setting and enjoys teaching and training.
I was born in 1961 and went to school in Cambridge. I studied Medicine at the University of Bristol between 1979 and 1984, qualifying with MB.ChB. My post-graduate training was undertaken in Bristol and Cheltenham, gaining higher surgical qualifications in 1990 (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons – F.R.C.S. and Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists – F.R.C.Ophth).
I completed a research PhD (1994) under the auspices of Professor David Easty in the University of Bristol Department of Ophthalmology, after studying the biochemistry of eye infection.
During 1995 I undertook a Clinical Fellowship in Perth, Western Australia, working with Phil House and Bill Morgan (glaucoma) and Geoff Crawford (corneal surgery).
I was appointed consultant at the Bristol Eye Hospital in 1996.
I joined Newmedica when it was established in 2007 and have been a medical director ever since.
I was brought up in a medical family in Northern Ireland and attended Campbell College in Belfast. I studied Medicine at Bristol University and was always intent on a surgical career. I am grateful to my close friend and colleague, Masoud Teimory, who convinced me to take up ophthalmology. Junior posts were completed at Bristol University, St Thomas Hospital and Bristol Eye Hospital. I spent a period of five years as a registrar in Aberdeen with Professor John Forrester with a fellowship year in 1995 in Royal Perth Hospital Western Australia working with Dr Ian McAllister.
I have been a consultant in Gloucestershire since 1997 and have steadily built up my cataract and retinal surgery practice since that time. In more recent years I have been closely involved in developing efficient and award-winning services for the NHS via Newmedica.
I was born in County Durham and educated in Scarborough then Winchester, before medical school training in Nottingham.
I joined the Army for a short service commission and trained as a GP, leaving after the first Gulf War with the rank of major. A colleague in the Army inspired me to take forward an existing interest in ophthalmology into a career, and I trained in Newcastle, Norwich and Cambridge.
I specialised in glaucoma management with a particular interest in glaucoma surgery, and I was appointed in 1998 to York as a consultant with this interest. I set up a specialist glaucoma service which delivered 200 glaucoma procedures and more than 15,000 glaucoma consultations per year, as well as offering training to young ophthalmologists. Early in my career I had time for active participation in high volume and high quality cataract surgery.
I was chair of the medical staff in York for four years and chaired the Yorkshire Glaucoma Symposium for 10 years. While in York I was a founder member of our local private partnership and a director of Consultant Eye Surgeons UK, out of which I was also a founder director of Newmedica. This made remote consultant oversight of community glaucoma services a reality which continues to this day.
In 2016 Newmedica entered a partnership with Specsavers with the aim of transforming the delivery of Eye Health in England.
I grew up in Lincolnshire and attended school in Stamford, before moving on to the University of Bristol where I studied medicine from 1995-2001, graduating with MBChB (Hons).
I undertook my post-graduate training in ophthalmology at hospitals throughout the south-west of England, and completed this in 2012 when I was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth).
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my young family, playing squash, and running cross-country ultramarathons.
I have worked as a Consultant Ophthalmologist with Newmedica since 2014.