Oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal Fellow
Definition and scope of the sub-specialty
The goal of fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery is to complement the basic knowledge gained in core specialty training in ophthalmology and to provide greater exposure to the diagnosis, management, and surgical correction of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive disorders. The department has two Consultants and typically two pre-Consultant fellowship posts.
Duration of education
The length of the educational program is usually 12 months of full time education, including appropriate short periods for vacation, special assignments, or exceptional individual circumstances approved by the program director. Because oculoplastic surgery education requires an intensive continuum of training, it should not be interrupted by frequent and/or prolonged periods of absence.
The curriculum contains the following educational components:
- Overall educational goals
- Competency-based goals and objectives
- Regularly scheduled didactic sessions
- Delineation of fellow responsibilities for patient care, progressive responsibility for patient management, and supervision of fellows over the continuum of the program.
More information on the curriculum: Core competencies (based upon established ASOPRS competencies), medical knowledge and evaluation.
Mr Raman Malhotra
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Specialist interest: Ophthalmology
Mr Raman Malhotra – Consultant ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Corneo Plastic Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust, East Grinstead
- Orbitofacial surgery
- Lacrimal disorders
- Oculoplastic surgery
- Eyelid skin cancer
Special clinical interests:
- Eyelid disorders
- Orbital disease
- Lacrimal (water eye) surgery
- Cataract surgery
- Reconstructive surgery in the orbitofacial region
- Eyelid skin cancer
- Thyroid eye disease and modern techniques of orbital decompression
- Lacrimal disorders and endoscopic DCR techniques
- Facial palsy
Year of first medical qualification: 1993
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
- European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ESOPRS)
- Founder member British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society (BOPSS)
- The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASOPRS)
Having finished his basic surgical ophthalmic training at the Western Eye Hospital, London, Mr Raman Malhotra went on to complete his higher surgical training experience in Oxford.
He then completed a fellowship in oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal surgery (watery eye disorders) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Women and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, Australia.
Whilst in Australia, Mr Malhotra learnt innovative surgical techniques in eyelid reconstruction after tumour excision, endoscopic lacrimal surgery and browlift surgery.
He has had much experience in teaching trainees as well as personally performing a range of eye operations and treatments. He actively participates in organising regional courses and has published a range of papers on many aspects of eye surgery and procedures related to facial plastic surgery around the eyelids.
Mr Andre Litwin
Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon
Specialist interests: Eyelid, lacrimal and orbital disease. Teaching, training and assessment of surgical skill; including cataract surgery.
Mr Andre Litwin is a full-time Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon at QVH. With over 20 years of experience in ophthalmology he specialises in the management of eyelid, lacrimal and orbital disorders. He has lectured at national conferences covering his research interests and has multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
Mr Litwin graduated from the University of Southampton and trained in ophthalmology in the UK. He started his surgical training in the South Thames region before completing higher training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He undertook two Fellowships in oculoplastic and orbital disease before joining the consultant staff at QVH in 2014.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and a full Member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) and European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ESOPRS). . Valued for his straightforward explanations, gentle manner and professionalism, he ensures every person receives individualised care.