Mr Gerard McGowan


MBChB , FRCOphth

GMC number: 6115387

Practicing since: 2005



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  • Thursdays: 10am - 12pm
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Mr McGowan is one of the UK's busiest vitreoretinal surgeons, performing up to 10 vitreoretinal and 10+ cataract operations per week. He is head of the prestigious vitreoretinal fellowship at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Gartnavel General Hospitalwhich is the largest eye department and centre of excellence in Scotland. 

He completed 7 years of ophthalmic training at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow. He subsequently entered into a 1 year advanced medical training vitreoretinal fellowship in Glasgow. This was followed by a second international vitreoretinal and medical retina fellowship at the world renowned Royal Victorian Eye and Ear hospital, Melbourne, Australia. 

Mr McGowan serves on the UK Royal College of Ophthalmologists surgical training faculty, which trains junior surgeons throughout the UK. He also sits on the national ophthalmic selection panel. He has given 20 international presentations and published in highly regarded peer review journals. He has recently been appointed to the ESASO European School of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology VR faculty to train European vitreoretinal surgeons in Switzerland.

Special interests

Cataract surgery (complex, small incision, premium intraocular lenses) Vitreoretinal surgery (floaterectomy, macula hole, epiretinal membrane, retinal detachment, vitreous haemorrhage) Diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, chalazion and minor lid procedures

Personal interests

Western LTC and Squash Club team player

Whitecraigs LTC Racketball team player

Whitecraigs Golf club member

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Gerard McGowan at Nuffield Health

  • Eyelid cyst removal
  • Refractive eye surgery
  • Cataract Surgery

Locations Mr Gerard McGowan works with

Related experience


His main research interests include the quantification of metamorphopsia (distorted vision) and the incidence, current management and future treatments of acute large submacular haemorrhage (age related macular degeneration). He has won numerous prizes throughout his career including the Lachlan MacNeil travel scholarship 2011, Dorey/Lister RCOphth travel award 2012, the Pauline and Oswald Lapp ARVO (USA) travel award 2013, the 2014 St Lazarus charity award and the ARVO (USA) M.I.T prize 2014. He is the principal investigator for the Scottish Ophthamological Surveillance Unit Study which aims to be the first study in the world to identify the incidence of acute large submacular haemorrhage


  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • American Society of Retinal Specialists

Other post held

  • British and Irish Vitreoretinal Specialists
  • Scottish Vitreoretinal Society


Mr Gerard McGowan does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Gerard McGowan does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Gerard McGowan does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.