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Madhavan Rajan

Clinical lead for the cataract service and consultant ophthalmologist

I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon with special interests in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery.
Rajan Madhavan

My current role

I am a consultant ophthalmologist and clinical lead for the cataract and corneal service at CUH. I am a visiting professor at the Vision and Eye Research Institute based at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

In addition, I am the eastern regional representative for the ocular tissue advisory group, NHS BT, UK, as well as being a trustee for the Cambridge Eye Trust Charity.

I also lead a corneal research team with basic science researchers, PhD studentships and clinicians focused on corneal transplant research, corneal therapeutics, corneal stem cells and advanced intraocular lenses with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed literature.

Myself and my team have developed a novel endothelial keratoplasty technique termed ‘Microthin DSAEK’ which has improved patient outcomes. It won the NHS Health Enterprise Innovation Award and recently introduced femtosecond laser assisted eye surgery to patients in Cambridgeshire. I am also the principal investigator for the corneal transplant randomised trial and iCAM project looking at rapid diagnosis for ocular infections.

Previous history

I qualified in 1994 and underwent specialist ophthalmic training in London, having 25 years’ experience in ophthalmology. My interest in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery led to a research fellowship in laser refractive surgery at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, culminating in a MD degree at the University of London. Subsequently, I spent two years as a corneal, refractive and external eye diseases fellow at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

I was appointed consultant ophthalmic surgeon in 2007 and I am clinical lead of the cornea and cataract service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and principal supervisor for the corneal fellowship program.

Memberships and accreditations

  • The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
  • UK, European, American Societies of cataract and corneal surgeons - UKISCRS, ESCRS, EUCORNEA, ASCRS

Personal interests

In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking and tennis. I live in Cambridge with my family and I am blessed with two teenage girls and twin boys.

Favourite quote

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. I alone cannot create greatness, but I can do small things with great love (improvised) (Mother Theresa)