There are three specialist centres treating Ocular Melanoma patients from England
and Wales. All have highly skilled surgeons and are involved in cutting edge research, however, they do not all provide
the same treatments or follow-up. They each have different approaches with regards to issues such as genetic testing
and risk assessment, so it is worth taking some time to chose where you would like to be referred to and to tell your ophthalmologist
or GP your wishes. Scottish patients click here.
Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre
centre is based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
The centre director is Professor Bertil
Damato who established the service in 1993. He is an ophthalmic surgeon, who has specialised in adult ocular oncology
His main research interests are:
development and evaluation of treatment of ocular tumours; cytogenetics of ocular melanoma; prognostication and quality of
Professor Damato is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is President of the
International Society of Ocular Oncology.
He is the author of “Ocular Tumours: Diagnosis and Treatment” amongst other texts.
He regularly lectures at ophthalmic
conferences all around the world.
Barts and The London Eye Service
The London Centre is based at St Bartholomew’s
Ocular Melanoma treatment at the London Centre is headed up by Miss Victoria Cohen.
Miss Cohen trained at many top institutions in the USA including the Wills Eye Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Hospital and the Cole Eye Institute.
In 2009 she became the chief of the ocular
oncology service at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital. Miss Cohen has
authored many publications on ocular oncology and lectured at the Ocular Oncology Symposium Oxford Congress.
She has many research interests ranging from uveal tract melanoma to retinoblastoma and ocular lymphoma.
Royal Hallamshire Hospital Ophthalmology Department The Sheffield Centre is based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
The centre director is Professor Ian Rennie.
Professor Rennie is an ophthalmic surgeon who has also been a lecturer
at the University of Liverpool, a Professor at the University of Sheffield and a non-executive director of the Sheffield University
In 1995 he became a member of the council of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, where he took
the role of Vice -President in 1999 and senior vice-president in 2000.
Professor Rennie is currently working
on investigating novel genes regulating the development of metastases from ocular melanoma.