Leading eye expert receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

A leading eye expert from the University of Nottingham has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the NHS Regional Parliamentary Awards.

Ophthalmologist Professor Harminder Singh Dua CBE, DL, from the School of Medicine at the University, will now go on to represent the Midlands at the award national finals in July.

Professor Dua has led a remarkable career across the world, and continues to contribute significantly in the field of ophthalmology. He has been Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University since 1994.

Professor Harminder Dua

He is also Honorary Professor of Universita della Svizze, Lugano Switzerland and has just completed a term of three years as Head-of-Service (joint), in the Department of Ophthalmology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He was made Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her 2019 Birthday Honours list.

He has also held the posts of President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist (2011-12), as well as Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-14). As well as this, he has held the post of The High Sheriff for Nottinghamshire; one of the oldest roles in the UK - over a thousand years, appointed by the Queen. Last week, he was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant, a role in which he will assist Sir John Peace, the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.

His work has changed clinical practice and has been adopted worldwide. Professor Dua’s most famous contribution to ophthalmology was his research group’s discovery of a previously undetected layer of the human cornea in 2013.

His work to develop our understanding of this Pre-Decemet’s layer – also dubbed Dua’s Layer - has already informed three new surgical techniques and made lamellar corneal transplantation safer.

As President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2011-14) one of his achievements of lasting impact was the inclusion of an eye health indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework. Acknowledgement of his contributions include the grant of Honorary Fellowships of The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, The College of Optometrists, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK, and The All India Collegium of Ophthalmologists.

I would like to say thank you to Dalia Said, for nominating me. I would also like to say that this achievement is for the whole team; it’s not a single person effort, it’s always a team effort. Thank you to our patients, who teach us so much and are the reason why we do what we do.”
Professor Harminder Dua

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, said: “There couldn’t be a more worthy winner of this Lifetime Achievement Award than Professor Dua. He has achieved so much in his career – and his research has been truly world-changing. He is extremely well respected by everyone in his field as well as by his colleagues at the University, and we are extremely proud of him.”

The NHS Parliamentary Awards were launched in 2018 to celebrate the NHS’s 70 birthday and recognise the outstanding contribution of staff, volunteers and others working in the health and care sector. Now in its fifth year, the awards have been an overwhelming success with over 450 Members of Parliament representing constituencies in England nominating an individual or organisation for an award.

These awards also provide an excellent opportunity for health and care organisations to engage with their local MPs, tell them about the work they do, and strengthen ongoing relationships.

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