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Eye Surgeon Prof Charles McGhee
Eye Surgeon Prof Charles McGhee
Eye Surgeon Prof Charles McGhee
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Prof Charles McGhee

Specialist Eye Surgeon

MB, BSc(Hons), PhD, FRCS(G), FRCOphth, FRANZCO, FRSA

About Professor Charles McGhee

In addition to his Professorial roles, Charles McGhee is a busy Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital and his clinical practice is therefore primarily based in the public sector, however, he is also available for private consultation and surgery at Eye Institute on a weekly basis. He is regularly referred patients from eye surgeons throughout New Zealand and from overseas and has personally trained more than 20 fellows in aspects of corneal surgery.

Prof McGhee's clinical interests include corneal diseases such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and complex anterior segment (front of eye) surgery following trauma.

Prof McGhee has also developed multi-disciplinary approaches to the delivery of ophthalmic care and is directly involved in teaching and assessment of the Therapeutic Optometry course provided by the University of Auckland.

Overview of Prof McGhee’s Achievements (click to expand)


Specialist in:

  • Corneal transplantation
  • Cataract surgery
  • Corneal and external eye diseases
  • Post-traumatic and complex anterior segment surgery

Training:

  • Combined medical and science degrees (1976-1983) at the University of Glasgow, including a research attachment at Harvard University in Boston
  • Specialist training as a registrar and senior registrar in ophthalmology in Glasgow (1986-1992)
  • Advanced Fellowship training in corneal and anterior segment eye diseases (lid margin, conjunctiva, cornea, iris and cataract disorders) in Perth, Western Australia.

Positions held:

  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Professor of Ocular Therapeutics in Sunderland, England
  • Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Dundee, Scotland
  • Maurice Paykel Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland, since September 1999
  • Head of Department at the University of Auckland
  • Director of the New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZNEC), the largest eye research centre in New Zealand
  • Chair of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists special interest group in cornea, contact lenses, and cataract and refractive surgery
  • Clinical Director of Ophthalmology (1999-2006) for Auckland District Health Board
  • Editor in Chief of the international eye research journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (Australasia)
  • On the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (USA/Europe)
  • Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital.

Associations & memberships:

  • Fellow – Royal College of Ophthalmology (UK)
  • Fellow – Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
  • Fellow – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Scotland)

Prof McGhee’s training & experience

As an eye surgeon with more than 20 years experience, Prof McGhee has completed many cataract procedures, and has a large amount of experience in corneal surgery, having performed numerous corneal transplants.

His ongoing research has a clinical bias towards aspects of corneal disease and cataract and refractive surgery. He has written or co-authored three textbooks and more than 200 scientific papers, chapters and review articles on aspects of: corneal infection, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, ocular pathology, refractive laser surgery, in vivo confocal microscopy, and ocular therapeutics. He also completed his PhD thesis on laser refractive surgery and corneal topography (mapping).

Professor McGhee is regularly invited to deliver keynote lectures and teaching courses on corneal disease, corneal transplantation and complex cataract surgery at international conferences, including those hosted by: the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Royal College of Ophthalmology (UK) and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Prof McGhee’s specialisms

  • Corneal Disease
    Prof Charles McGhee is specially interested in corneal diseases such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation, cataract surgery and complex anterior segment (front of eye) surgery following trauma. He is one of the most experienced corneal surgeons in New Zealand.
  • Cataract Surgery
    Complex cataract surgery is also a specialty of Prof McGhee's. With more than 20 years experience, Prof McGhee has completed thousands of cataract procedures, and is also called apon to deliver keynote lectures and teaching courses at international conferences on the subject.
  • Laser Refractive Surgery
    Having completed his PhD thesis on laser refractive surgery (and corneal topography), Prof McGhee is highly qualified in the field of Laser Refractive Surgery too.

Prof McGhee’s family & personal interests

Charles lives with his Australian wife Jane, two demanding Burmese cats and a large moggie named MacTum. He pursues electric blues guitar, sculpting, painting, photography, DIY, and more recently, cycling and sailing - whenever he can avoid the siren call of ophthalmology.

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