Mr Aji Raghu Ram
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
MD, Dip NBE, FRCS, FRCOhthal
I have been a Consultant Ophthalmologist for the last 20 years specialising in Cataract surgery and Phakoemulsification, Diabetes and Macular degeneration. My specialist interests are small incision cataract surgery, diabetic eye diseases, and medical retinal conditions including macular degeneration and lachrymal disorders and laser treatment for watering eyes.
Prior to coming to the UK I completed my post graduation in ophthalmology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India and was awarded an MD in Ophthalmology. I also completed a short fellowship in Oculoplastics at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, USA, prior to taking up the post of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.
I have been actively involved in the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service in Wales and am medical retina lead clinician in my health board. I run a specialist diabetes and uveitis clinic once a week. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a member of the British Medical Association.
I am the Principal Investigator for LEAVO research project in my Health Board. I have been an examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmology for the last 15 years. I have been a member of the Examination Committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmology.
I contribute regularly to local and regional teaching, which is held at Cardiff once a week. I am involved on training junior doctors including FP2 and STs. I undertake teaching for fourth year medical students who attend ophthalmology as part of MOSS rotation. I also contribute to lunchtime multidisciplinary meeting on a regular basis. I am on the teaching faculty for teaching Basic Microsurgery Course for Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Spire Cardiff Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
MD / All India Institute of Medical Sciences / 1983
FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh / 1986
FRCOphthal / Royal College of Ophthalmology, London / 1989
South West Ophthalmic Society
All India Ophthalmic Society
British Medical Association
Regional Representative for Wales, Royal College of Ophthalmology
Member of Ophthalmic Planned Care Board of Wales
Clinical Director Head and Neck Services (May 2008 - June 2012)
College Tutor, Royal College of Ophthalmologists (1998-2004)
GMC medical member of Fitness to practise panel (July 2001)
College examiner for Part II, Part III and Exit assessment since 2004 Teaching and Training: Supervision of trainees including FP's and ST's.
Clinical Audit and Governance lead for Ophthalmology in the Trust (2004-2007)
Ophthalmic member of Research and Development committee in the Trust.
Appointed as LMAC member of Glamorgan Valleys (Regional Medical Advisory Committee) since 2008
Ophthalmic Specialist Advisory Group since 2001 and member All Wales Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service (DRSS) May 2012
Member of College Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) for Consultant Appointments Member Ophthalmic Specialist Advisory (OSAG) group for Wales Vice Chair Advisory Committee
College CPD coordinator for Wales (July 2007 - January 2015)
Faculty of Basic Microsurgery Course run by the College since 2003
Ophthalmic National Service Framework (NSF) lead for Diabetes in the Trust
Chair of MEGAFOCUS, multidisciplinary lobby group promoting eye health in BME communities (2009-2015)
Lead clinician Focus on Ophthalmology Pathways by DSU and NLIAH (2010)
Member and author of Cwm Taf Eye care Inequality project Public health and RNIB (2011)
Member of Eye Care Improvement Group RNIB and NLIAH (2010)
Member PEAR/WECI steering group (August 2011)
Member Eye Care Policy group and Welsh Assembly initiative (March 2012)
Wales representative for National Ophthalmic Database (NOD), Royal College of Ophthalmologist (Nov 2014)
Regional Representative for Wales, Royal College of Ophthalmologist (June 2016)
Ozurdex in Retinal Vein Occlusion : Outcome in the Real World setting; Eulee Seow, Amy-Lee Shirodkar, Raghu Ram and Amit Gaur: Ophthalmologica 2014;232(suppl 2):1–98 89 DOI: 10.1159/000368726 .
Improving the accuracy of medication history in a diabetic eye clinic: British Journal of Nursing, 2008, Vol 17, No 9, Chris Tattersall, Nicola Hartry, A.R.Raghu Ram
Eyelid metastasis from Lung carcinoma- Photographic Essay: R: Ahmed, Raghu Ram A.R., Jason Shannon and Richard Winter. Clinical and experimental Ophthalmology 2006,34:609-613
Visual Acuity and Diabetic Maculopathy: Annals of Ophthalmology ,Winter 2006, Volume 38, Issue 4, pps. 305-310, Ghee S. Ang, Bharati Vusirikala, Subhanjan Mukherji, Aji R. Raghu Ram
A late presentation of ocular quinine toxicity managed with a combination of vasodilatory treatments: B Vusirikala, TA Williams and A R Raghuram, Eye advance on line publication, Sept 2004, doi:10.1038/sj.Eye.6701631
Tubulo-interstitial nephritis and uveitis with bilateral optic disc oedema: V Menezo ; A.R.Raghu Ram Eye (2004) 18,536-537, doi:10.1038/sj.eye.6700711
Terson’s Syndrome presenting as an ophthalmic emergency: Murthy S,Salaas D, Hirekataur S, Ram Raghu: Acta Ophthalmol Scand 2002 Dec; 80 (6):665-666
Non arteritic Anterior Ischaemic Optic Neuropathy: A new indication for Carotid Endarterectomy, S.O. Ogunbiyi, M Coxon, G Morris-Stiff, R.Ram and M.H.Lewis, Phlebology (2002) 17;137-140
Comaparison of External DCR and 5-FU augmented Endonasal Laser DCR: A Retrospective Review. – Patrick Watts, A.R.Raghu Ram, Ranjit Nair and Huw Williams, Indian J Ophthalmol 2001;49:169-72
Brimonidine Tartarate (0.2%) associated granulomatous anterior uveitis- A case report- R.Goyal,A.R.Raghu Ram, EYE (2000) 14,908-910
Central Artery Occlusion and Bilateral Choroidal Infarct in Wagener’s granulomatosis: S.Mirza, A.R.Raghu Ram, M.Nessim, and B.Bowling. Letter to the Journal ‘EYE’1999,13,374-376.
'INCIDENCE OF POST-OPERATIVE TELECANTHUS FOLLOWING ETHMOIDECTOMY': Peter A.D Rubin,Raghu Ram A.R.;I.Dunya,M.P.Joseph and Jurij R Bilyk. Scientific poster at American Academy of Ophthalmology, San-Francisco.1994.'Opththalmology' supplement,136,sept.1994.
'CLOSTRIDIAL ORBITAL CELLULITIS AND CEREBRAL ABSCESS: A CASE REPORT'-Raghu Ram, A.R.; Chopdar,A: Asia Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology.34-36,Vol.5,No.4,Oct.1993
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, North Glamorgan NHS Trust
Honorary Clinical Tutor, University Hospital of Wales
I spend my time and enjoy reading, swimming and travelling. I undertake charity work in India and support a charity called "Second Sight" and have been involved in fund raising and other supporting activities.