Dr Ammar Safar has been appointed medical director of Moorfields Eye Hospital in the United Arab Emirates.
Dr Ammar is a highly experienced surgeon and consultant ophthalmologist. He is also a General Civil Aviation Authority approved specialist aeromedical medical examiner and is American board certified in ophthalmology.
Dr Ammar undertook his medical training in Syria before moving to the United States where he specialised in ophthalmology, holding a number of positions including fellow, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Parkland Memorial Hospital at the University of Texas and Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas. Following his time in Texas, Dr Ammar relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was vitreoretinal surgeon and president of medical staff at a private general hospital in Dubai.
In addition to his work in private practice, Dr Ammar has undertaken research and clinical trials in diabetic retinopathy and age-related eye disease, and published and presented extensively. His research work has resulted in advances in retinal vascular diseases and macular degeneration.
Dr Ammar was the inaugural recipient of The Martha Bentley Wood Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of a number of professional associations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Arab-American Medical Association, Research to Prevent Blindness and The Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
Dr Ammar will lead the 20 permanent and visiting consultant ophthalmologist team in the UAE, driving further growth of Moorfields’ reputation as a centre of excellence in the Middle East and Africa regions. He will be based at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai.