About this event

  • Date and time Thu 10 Dec 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:40pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Ophthalmology, History of Medicine Society

This unique, entertaining and educational webinar showcases the Ophthalmic heritage collection and British contributions that have influenced modern ophthalmology globally. Speakers will highlight important lessons from the past that have shaped the present and which will ignite new ideas for the future of training, clinical services, and infectious disease management.

Lessons learnt within this special event will be particularly relevant in a pandemic era of great change and adaptation.

Aims of this meeting include:

  • Promote an appreciation for the documentation and preservation of ophthalmic heritage. How it shapes present day training, clinical practice and future blindness prevention.

  • Value the importance of history in allowing one to maintain a healthy scepticism of today's perceived truths.

  • Learning from previous failures and successes to encourage new developments for the future.

This webinar is The 2020 Christmas Meeting: Contagion, controversy and chivalry webinar organised by The RSM Ophthalmology Section in association with The History of Medicine Society.

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Key speakers

Professor Jonathan Roos

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, FaceRestoration London and External Professor, University of Milan and Mario Negri Institute, Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine 

Speaker's biography

Jonathan Roos, PhD, FRCOphth is a Moorfields, Harvard & Cambridge University-trained academic and specialist ophthalmologist focusing on eyelids, orbital diseases, periocular cancer, lacrimal disorders and high-volume cataract surgery. He practices at FaceRestoration.com in Harley Street and is licensed in the UK, Sweden and previously in Uganda. Jonathan is an external Professor for the Pharmaceutical Masters Programme at the Mario Negri Institute in Bergamo with the University of Milan, Italy.

Jonathan's research has won multiple national and international awards and he has published in major scientific journals including the Lancet, NEJM and BMJ. He is a devoted father to two young men and supportive husband to a leading city lawyer. Together they explore seas, sailing and cetaceans. Jonathan also advises pharmaceutical companies and national governments of areas around drug pricing.

Nima Ghadiri

Dr Nima Ghadiri

Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, St Paul's Eye Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Nima Ghadiri is a Medical Ophthalmologist, who has very recently joined St Paul’s Eye Hospital from Moorfields and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. He deals with the diagnosis and management of eye disorders relating to systemic disease, and has a background in both Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology.

This holistic approach to patient care benefits from understanding the historical context of our practice. Dr Ghadiri has spent time studying the history of medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, and was awarded a Diploma in 2018.  He visited the place of birth of the polymath physician Avicenna, and presented his work and legacy to international audiences as “The Rise and Fall of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine” – an exploration of one of the most influential medical textbooks in both the Middle East and pre-modern Europe. This tome became a core text for many centuries, until it fell out of favour in the 16th century, famously being burned by Paracelsus in 1527.

Beyond the cyclical nature of history, Dr Ghadiri has also written nationally on subjects as diverse as hospital gardens, art in medicine, the application of immersive technologies, and the mental health of NHS workers.  He has just been a panelist for the World Association of Eye Hospitals’ Schwartz Rounds (an environment for healthcare workers to share stories and support one another) and strives to advocate for the wellbeing of patients, families and staff at this time of great uncertainty.

Mr David Verity

Consultant Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgeon, Moorfield's Eye Hospital, President, British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, Hospitaller, Order of St John, President, British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, Treasurer, ESOPRS, President, St John Ophthalmic Association

Speaker's biography

Trained in ophthalmology in UK, Mr Verity undertook two Fellowships in ophthalmic adnexal disease before joining the Consultant staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2004.

In 2009, he was elected to the Orbital Society, and between 2011 and 2018 was Editor-in Chief of the journal ORBIT. His medical publications in peer-reviewed journals and books include over 110 articles, and with a wide range of research interests he is an active national and international teacher and surgical trainer. In 2019 he was elected President of BOPSS, and is also current Treasurer of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS).

Mr Verity also has a life-long interest in the charitable work of the St John Eye Hospital Group. In 2014 he was invested in the Order of St John, in 2016 joined the Board as Trustee of the Hospital Group, and in 2018 was appointed Hospitaller of the Order. In 2015 he founded the SOA, now President, and his clinical work includes working visits to the St John Eye Hospitals in East Jerusalem and Gaza.


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Welcome and introduction

Miss Rachna Murthy, Consultant Ophthalmologist Oculoplatic Aesthetic andReconstructive Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals and East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Bannister: The controversial father of British ophthalmology

Dr Nima Ghadiri, Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, St Paul's Eye Hospital

St John: Ancient order, modern outlook

Mr David Verity, Consultant Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgeon, Moorfield's Eye Hospital and President, British Oculoplastic Surgery Society

Trachoma, training and travelling hospitals - Major MacCallan in Egypt

Professor Jonathan C P Roos, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, FaceRestoration London and External Professor, University of Milan and Mario Negri Institute, Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine 

Panel discussion

Professor Jonathan C P RoosDr Nima Ghadiri and Mr David Verity

Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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