UK and Éire Glaucoma Society announces new president and president elect

The appointments of Professor Pete Shah and Professor Gus Gazzard were announced during the UKEGS annual conference

Pete Shah
Pete Shah
The UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS) has announced University Hospitals Birmingham consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Professor Pete Shah, as its new president.

UKEGS, part of Glaucoma UK, announced that Professor Shah will succeed Mr James Kirwan as president as part of the UKEGS annual conference. The conference was held on 27 November 2020, and took place remotely due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

Professor Gus Gazzard, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and director of glaucoma service at Moorfields Eye Hospital, was announced as president elect at the same time. He will work with Professor Shah, before taking up his role as UKEGS president at the end of 2021.

UKEGS is a non-profit national scientific society that promotes the exchange of knowledge between glaucoma specialists, stimulates glaucoma research, and protects the interests of people living with glaucoma or those who are at risk of developing the disease.

Alongside his new role, Professor Shah is co-director at the Birmingham Institute for Glaucoma Research. He also recently became a Glaucoma UK Trustee.

He said: “I am thrilled to take up the roles of UKEGS president and trustee, and consider it a great honour be able to serve in these roles. I look forward to working with Glaucoma UK.

“The next several years will bring transformations in glaucoma care that will enable us to protect our patients with increasing certainty. Looking after our patients and looking after our specialists goes hand-in-hand - each is the other’s best advocate. By working together, we will get more resources to help serve glaucoma patients and continue on our journey to making glaucoma blindness a thing of the past.”

Professor Gazzard is UCL professor of glaucoma studies and a member of Glaucoma UK’s clinical advisory panel. He said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be president elect of UKEGS. I look forward to promoting our speciality and helping to bring together all of those interested in and affected by glaucoma to make glaucoma care in the UK the best it can possibly be.”

Glaucoma UK’s chief executive, Karen Osborn, said: “We are pleased to welcome Pete and Gus as president and president elect of UKEGS, and look forward to working with them closely over the coming year.”

She added: “UKEGS is a vital platform which allows glaucoma specialists to come together and share their work and expertise in glaucoma care. I have no doubt that Pete and Gus’ vast knowledge and experience in the area will ensure that the strong UKEGS leadership we have enjoyed over the last few years will continue. Their appointments ensure the Society will thrive in its mission to promote knowledge exchange and foster the interests of people living with glaucoma.”