Mr Kam Balaggan

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRCOphth, PhD

GMC number: 4415651

Practicing since: 1997

Specialties

Ophthalmology

Consultation times

  • Wednesday AM
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About

Mr. Balaggan is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Wolverhampton and Stafford Hospitals. He is unique in being one of exceptionally few surgeons that have completed not just two years of prestigious high-volume Fellowships in Vitreoretinal Surgery, but also two years of sub-specialist Fellowship training in Medical Retina, all at the internationally-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. This was in addition to his general training, which was also predominantly based at this Centre of Excellence and one of the world’s top Eye Hospitals.

He also obtained a PhD from University College London (ranked in the top 5 universities globally), and has been awarded numerous prizes recognising his contribution to advancing frontiers in ophthalmology and for his teaching excellence (see research). He is considered an expert in retinal medicine and surgery, and has often been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally, teaching other retinal specialists.

Mr. Balaggan specialises in cataract surgery, as well as a range of other eye care treatments.

Special interests

Mr Balaggan specialises in state of-the-art modern micro-incision sutureless vitrectomy surgery and micro-incision cataract surgery.  He provides completely comprehensive surgical and laser treatment of:

  • Complex and routine retinal detachments and tears
  • Floaters 
  • Macular holes
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Vitreomacular traction
  • Diabetic retinal detachments

Other interests

He is also fully trained to treat most medical retina conditions including:
  • Macular degeneration- including intravitreal injection/ laser therapy
  • Retinal vein occlusions - including intravitreal injection/ laser therapy
  • Diabetic retinopathy - including intravitreal injection/ laser therapy
  • Diabetic maculopathy- including intravitreal injection/ laser therapy
  • Inherited/genetic retinal disorders
  • Uveitis

Personal interests

Keeping fit,swimming, cooking, travelling, science fiction, astronomy, photography, charity work

Languages spoken

English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Kam Balaggan at Nuffield Health

  • Cataract surgery
  • Eyelid cyst removal
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Blood test
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Anterior segment
  • Laser eye surgery (or myopia treatment)
  • Refractive eye surgery
  • Uveitis
  • Vitrectomy

Locations Mr Kam Balaggan works with

Related experience

Research

Mr Balaggan has an outstanding track record in research and teaching. He spent 4 years full-time researching at University College London developing cutting-edge novel retinal gene therapies for macular degeneration and inherited retinal disorders.  He was awarded a PhD for this work, and has authored 30 peer-reviewed publications, including in the prestigious journals Nature Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine. He has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally relating to his research, and also peer-reviews for 6 scientific journals.

Mr Balaggan has been awarded 6 local/ national and international prizes including the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital Research Medal (2007), Royal College of Ophthalmologists Foulds Trophy (2011), Best Paper Presentation American Academy of Ophthalmology (2012), Best Surgical Video Prize Euretina (2007).  1st Runner up Allergan Research Prize (2009), and 1st Runner up Best Young Scientist British Society of Gene Therapy (2006).

Mr Balaggan was a key co-investigator in the world’s first gene therapy trial for an inherited retinopathy, and in the first randomised clinical trial of bevacizumab for corneal neovascularisation.

He co-designed, and is the Principal Investigator for a trial evaluating a novel radiotherapy device for the treatment of macular degeneration. 

Mr Balaggan was also awarded the Best NHS Tutor Award(2012) by Bart’s and the London Medical School, and the Moorfields Educational Achievement Award(2013) in recognition of his enthusiasm for and skills in teaching trainee doctors and ophthalmologists. 

Peer-reviewed papers:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=BALAGGAN 

Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • American Academy of Ophthalmologists
  • Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
  • European Society of Retina Specialists
  • British and EIRE Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons
  • British Medical Association

Other post held

  • Consultant in Vitreoretinal & Ophthalmic Surgery, Medical Retina, Cataracts at Wolverhampton & Midland Counties Eye Infirmary, New Cross Hospital

Insurers Mr Kam Balaggan works with

Mr Kam Balaggan works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • Bupa
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)

Declaration

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

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

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