Consultant Profile

Mr George Saleh

Mr George Saleh BSc MBBS FRCS FRCOphth
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Lacrimal disorders
    • Oculoplastic surgery
    • Refractive surgery
Special clinical interests:

Eye Surgery
Cataract Surgery
Refractive procedures (Including Multifocal Intraocular Lenses)

Cosmetic Eye and Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty – upper and lower lid removal of the bags (both skin and non-scar approaches)
Botox, fillers and chemical peels – to the eyelid and surrounding facial areas
Surgical and non-surgical eyelid, brow and oculofacial rejuvenation including
Lid malpositions (droopy eyelids, excess skin, in and out turning lids)
Periocular lumps and bumps (chalazion, stye, papillomas and skin blemishes)

Non-cosmetic oculoplastic surgery
Eyelid tumours and reconstruction
Lacrimal surgery
Eyesocket rehabilitation
Eyelids and orbital trauma
Thyroid Eye Disease
Abnormal eyelashes
Reconstructive eyelid surgery and skin grafts

Eye Conditions
Watery eyes and lacrimal problems
General ophthalmology (Red, itchy or painful eyes, blurred vision and other conditions)
Dry Eye

Research interests:

Mr Saleh has published over 60 scientific articles and given over 150 lectures relating to ophthalmology.  These include articles on ophthalmic surgery, the eyelids and surrounding tissue, tumours, watery eye, reconstruction, eye investigations, diabetes, multifocal IOLs and cataract surgery along with surgical training.  He is the primary investigator for several ongoing studies investigating novel diagnostic methods and treatments in ophthalmology, is the lead on a national collaboration investigating tumours of the eyelid and surrounding tissues and the regional lead for the Intraocular Lens Study Group (a multicentre collaboration) investigating Multifocal IOLs.

He is the UK lead on the International Council of Ophthalmology’s Cataract Assessment Taskforce through which he has worked on developing cataract tools being adopted in many parts of the world and is the primary investigator for the International Forum for Ophthalmic Simulation investigating virtual reality ophthalmic surgical training systems.

Mr Saleh heads up several other teams investigating novel technologies relating to eye surgery and has received grants for work on eyelid surgery, cataract surgery, general ophthalmology amongst others.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon Moorfields Eye Hospital
Director of Simulation Training and the London Deanery Ophthalmic Simulation Lead
Visiting Professor, Cranfield University
Visiting Professor, University of Surrey
Visiting Researcher, University of Bedfordshire
NIHR Faculty Investigator at the Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
American Academy of Ophthalmology
General Medical Council
Medical Defense Union
British Oculoplastic Surgical Society and on Research and Awards Committee
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585 112
Private secretary:
Becky Yeatman
Private secretary telephone number:
01582 898000 / 07553 939768
Private secretary email address:
Wednesday am, Wednesday evening and other times by appointment
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Saleh is a Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital based at the Bedford Unit and is the Cataract Surgical Lead. He has an honorary contract with the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and draws regional referrals for watery eyes, eyelid, cancer and cosmetic work and undertakes intraocular refractive work with premium and toric IOLs.

Mr Saleh qualified in Medicine from Imperial College, London and underwent basic specialist training in Ophthalmology in the London and the East Anglia Regions before completing his higher specialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was awarded the Gold Medal as the most distinguished candidate for the clinical and surgical ophthalmic Fellowship Examination. During his undergraduate studies he was awarded the highest first class distinction for his BSc.
Mr Saleh undertook an extended subspeciality fellowship in oculoplastic and lacrimal surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital focusing on conditions such as lid lumps, tumours and malpositions, watery eyes and lacrimal problems along with orbitofacial cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation. He has lectured widely both at national and international levels on peri-ocular facial plastics and cataract surgery.

Personal profile:

Mr Saleh grew up in the Herts and Beds area and continues to live locally.

He has a keen interest in sport including rugby, tennis and swimming and has a longstanding involvement in astrophysics and cosmology having been published by NASA’s health portal.

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Mr George Saleh

Mr George Saleh Ophthalmology Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

"Consultant George Saleh provided me with excellent care with his professional and confident reassuring manner"

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