Mr Rajeev Tanawade

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon

MBBS, DO, FRCS, DNB, MRCOphth, FRCOphth


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I am a highly experienced Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cataract and Vitreoretinal Surgeon and Lead Clinician for Vitreoretinal Services at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals since 2015. I undertake routine and complex cataract surgery, secondary lens implantation and lens exchange procedures. I regularly receive referrals from colleagues for challenging and complex cataract cases and management of complications following cataract surgery.

I regularly undertake vitreo-retinal microsurgical procedures (pars plana vitrectomy) for treatment of various conditions: epiretinal membrane, macular hole, vitreomacular traction (VMT), floaters, dislocated or opacified lenses needing lens exchange, retinal detachment, vitreous haemorrhage, diabetic eye disease needing surgery, trauma etc.

Over my 24-year career in Ophthalmology, I have gained excellent experience in general Ophthalmology and its sub-specialities, particularly in surgical and medical retina. I have performed over 7,000 procedures which include both routine and complex cataract surgeries involving various techniques. I have performed over 4,500 cataract and lens-related procedures and also undertaken high-volume cataract surgery. I regularly perform routine and complex vitreo-retinal microsurgical procedures (including pars plana vitrectomy) for various conditions.

I also have the expertise in various ophthalmic laser treatments: retinal (retinal tears, diabetes etc), following cataract surgery (YAG capsulotomy), and for prevention of angle closure glaucoma (YAG iridotomy).

Having obtained my initial medical qualification (MBBS) in India, graduating in 1998, I went on to complete further Ophthalmology training whilst gaining excellent experience in India and the UK. I completed my Royal College recognised ophthalmic training and fellowship at renowned eye hospitals in India, and subsequently undertook further training in the UK for over nine years, which included training in the Oxford Deanery and Ophthalmic Speciality Training (OST) in the northwest deanery primarily based at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. My advanced sub-speciality vitreoretinal training of two years included Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and a Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

I have presented in various national and international meetings and has scientific peer-reviewed publications to my credit. Also, as a trainer and supervisor, I am actively involved in training junior doctors and trainee surgeons in Ophthalmology.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Rajeev Tanawade at Spire include:

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Retinal disease
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery

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Additional information

MBBS / Karnatak University, India / 1998
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

DO / University of Health Sciences, Bangalore / 2000
Diploma in Ophthalmology

Indirect Ophthalmoscopy and Lasers / Sight Savers International, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India / 2000
Indirect Ophthalmoscopy and Lasers

ICO (Basic) / International council of Ophthalmology / 2002
International council of Ophthalmology

ICO (Clinical) / International council of Ophthalmology / 2003
International council of Ophthalmology

FRCS (Glasg) / The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow / 2003
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Advanced Cataract Surgery Fellowship / Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai / 2004
Advanced Cataract Surgery Fellowship

DNB / Aravind Eye Hospital Madurai, National Board, India / 2004
Diplomate National Board (Ophthalmology)

MRCOphth / The Royal College of Ophthalmologist, London / 2006
Royal College of Ophthalmologist

FRCOphth / The Royal College of Ophthalmologist, London / 2012
Royal College of Ophthalmologist

Fellowship in Vitreoretina / Royal Liverpool University Hospital / 2014
Fellowship in Vitreoretina


Professional memberships

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London

European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA)

British Eire Association Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)

North of England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS)


Professional leadership

Lead Clinician for Vitreoretinal Services at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Telephone 01253 308031
Private secretary Jayne Mann
Private secretary telephone 07875 073 139