Hello, I am Dr Devinder Chauhan, ophthalmic surgeon
Welcome to my website. I am a retinal and macular specialist with 15 years’ experience in the treatment of retinal disease and consult in one of the busiest practices in Melbourne. Surgically, I have rapidly and consistently embraced the finest instruments and regularly perform complex operations, often combined with modern premium cataract surgery.
I was born and educated in west London and studied Medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medical School (University of London), qualifying as a doctor in 1989. Having trained as a junior neurosurgeon and cardiothoracic surgeon, I underwent most of my junior training to become an ophthalmic surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital, where I was inspired to become a vitreoretinal surgeon by Mr Tony Chignell, one of the doyens of international retinal surgery.
I conducted original research at St. Thomas’, under the supervision of Professor John Marshall, into the interpretation of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images of the retina; this was the first OCT machine in Europe and I presented this research in the UK, France, Switzerland, the USA and Australia. The main research article published has been cited by over 150 other research papers. I was awarded an MD for my thesis by the University of London in 2001.
Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon Training
My senior ophthalmology training was at Moorfields Eye Hospital where I was trained by internationally renowned subspecialist ophthalmologists. After completing my registrar training in ophthalmology, I underwent three further years of retinal training, with a year each at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear, Bristol Eye and Moorfields Eye Hospitals, before working as a consultant in vitreoretinal surgery at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre in Birmingham, UK.
My Career in Melbourne
My primary consulting practice is in Box Hill, Melbourne, and I consult in Footscray on a monthly basis.
As an ophthalmologist, I am a member of the Oceania Retinal Association and European Society of Retina Specialists and continue my professional development through regularly attending and presenting at meetings in Australia and overseas. As well as enjoying teaching optometrists, junior doctors and orthoptists, I feel that a vital part of my work is engaging patients in Melbourne and helping them understand their conditions fully, which was the vision behind the development of this website.
I am currently involved in teaching vitreoretinal surgery to local eye surgeons in Myanmar as part of a world-first program. I am also involved in collaborating with the Australian medical technology industry as well as in Europe.
A Bit More About Me
My wife, three children and I migrated permanently to Melbourne, in 2006 and became Australian citizens in 2010.
I have had to give up playing hockey because of an Achilles rupture and am now trying to lower my golf handicap.
Whilst I shall always love watching football (round ball), I have developed a passion for AFL footy and am a proud member of the Hawthorn Football Club. Go Hawks!