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Jodhbir Singh Mehta
Assoc Prof Jodhbir Singh Mehta
Singapore National Eye Centre
Corneal and External Eye Disease Department
Head and Senior Consultant (Research)
BSc(Hons.), MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS(Ed)

Assoc Prof Jod Mehta graduated from Guys and St Thomas’s Medical School, University of London, UK in 1995. He did his basic and advanced specialist training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK and also did sub-specialized fellowship training in Cornea External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Singapore National Eye Centre.

He is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologist UK, the Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Singapore-Malaysian Ophthalmology Society and the Asian Corneal Society.

He has won 24 awards in the UK and Internationally for clinical and research work, most recently the 2013 Nakajima award from the Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology for the most outstanding young clinician in Asia Pacific.

His work profile is divided between clinical work (seeing patients) and research. His clinical work is mainly in corneal transplantation both basic and advanced forms, anterior segment reconstruction and in refractive surgery.

His research interests cover all aspects of corneal external disease and refractive surgery from basic science, translational and clinical research. These include laboratory based research investigating new stem cell based therapies e.g. culturing of human corneal endothelial cells and studies on patients with corneal genetic disorders. Translational research involves the development of an artificial cornea device, new instruments for corneal transplantation to improve patient outcomes, and effects of femtosecond lasers in corneal/refractive surgery as well as development of novel drug delivery devices.

His clinical based research involves research into imaging devices for the cornea, case comparative cohorts of new selective tissue transplantation procedures. He is also lead PI for Singapore for a large multicentre infectious keratitis study.

He is also committed to clinical teaching, both in the form of lectures and courses to other surgeons both in Singapore and Internationally in USA, Europe and Asia on Advanced forms of corneal transplantation and Corneal Imaging and is invited regularly many times a year worldwide to give lectures on these surgical techniques.

Publications and Research Trials

1. Intraocular lens as a drug delivery reservoir. Liu YC, Wong TT, Mehta JS. Current Opinion in Ophthalmology.

2. Riau AK, Tan NY, Angunawela RI, Htoon HM, Chaurasia SC, Mehta JS. Reproducibility and Age-Related Changes of Ocular Parametric Measurements in Rabbits. BMC Veterinary Research in Press.

3. Mohamed KN, Mehta JS. Descemet’s membrane sweating during deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) in absence of perforation. Clinical Ophthalmology in Press.

4. Bose S, Ang M, Mehta JS, Tan DT, Finkelstein E. Cost-Effectiveness of Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty Versus Penetrating Keratoplasty. Ophthalmology in Press.

5. Wong MH, Chew A, Htoon HM, Lee BH, Cheng J, Liu J, Tan DT, Mehta JS. Reproducibility of Corneal Graft Thickness measurements with COLGATE in patients who have undergone DSAEK (Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty). BMC Medical Imaging in Press.

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