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Dr Denize Atan



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Medical qualifications:

BM BCh MA MRCP FRCOphth Cert Med Ed PhD

Current post:

Consultant Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology

Secretary's name:

Elizabeth French


Adult neuro-ophthalmology

Paediatric neuro-ophthalmology


Neuro-inflammatory disease



Retinopathy of prematurity

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (UK)

Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)

British Medical Association

British Neuroscience Association

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

British Eye Study Group

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Professional profile/background:

I qualified from the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford in Clinical Medicine and Surgery.  I trained first as a physician of general medicine leading to membership of The Royal College of Physicians, and subsequently as an ophthalmologist through obtaining membership then fellowship of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists for which I was awarded the Harcourt Medal.  I undertook my higher specialist training in ophthalmology alongside my PhD research in ocular genetics as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol from 2004.  From 2008, I spent 2 years as a postdoctoral research fellow in neurogenetics at the University of Toronto and Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto funded by the Wellcome Trust.  I was the Senior Clinical Fellow in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, University Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham Children's Hospital until I was appointed as Consultant Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Bristol and Bristol Eye Hospital in 2013.

Currently, I run regular clinics in adult neuro-ophthalmology and a joint paediatric neuro-ophthalmology and neurology clinic with Dr Andrew Lux, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Bristol Children's Hospital. Moreover, I lead the ophthalmology service for the Children's Epilepsy Surgery Service (CESS).

I am a member of the Bristol Neuro-Oncology Group (BNOG) that meets on a fortnightly basis, and the multidisciplinary team that provides a regional service in the South West of England for patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2).

My surgical expertise is in strabismus surgery.  I also specialise in retinopathy of prematurity.

In parallel with my clinical commitments, I continue to lead an active research group at the University of Bristol with common interests in neurodevelopment, neurogenetics and neuro-inflammatory disease. 

I am also Unit Lead for Neuroscience for the BSc in Health Sciences course at the University of Bristol and I am on the Faculty for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in Stem Cell Biology, Regenerative Medicine and Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Bristol.


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