Mr Shantanu Gudsoorkar



GMC number: 5207328

Practising since: 2002


Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Surgery, Medical Ophthalmology

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Mr. Gudsoorkar is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in small incision cataract surgery  with premium lens implants , retinal disorders and uveitis. This is reflected in his practice based at Musgrove Park Hospital and Nuffield Hospital, Taunton.

Whilst training in Wales, Mr Gudsoorkar worked in large tertiary referral eye centres at Cardiff and Swansea. Following further two years of subspecialty fellowship training in Medical Retina and Uveitis at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Bristol Eye Hospital, he was appointed as a consultant in Taunton.

Mr. Gudsoorkar provides patient focused cataract surgery for their specific visual needs and has completed more than 3000 surgeries. He performs sutureless cataract surgery with options of premium intraocular lens implants. These include Toric lenses to correct astigmatism and Multifocal lenses allowing patients to become spectacle independent after cataract surgery.

Mr Gudsoorkar also performs refractive lens exchange for patients over the age of 50.  Use of multifocal lenses in  this procedure can correct both near and intermediate sight, in addition to the distance vision.

He specialises in the management of medical retinal disorders including age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disorders. He has extensive experience of using pattern and micropulse /subliminal lasers, intravitreal therapies (anti VEGF and steroids).   

Mr. Gudsoorkar set up and leads the Uveitis service in Taunton. He is the only consultant in Somerset offering intravitreal steroids , oral immunosuppression and biologic treatment for patients with complex ocular inflammations. This unique combination of medical and surgical expertise makes him well placed to perform cataract surgery in these patients needing consultant led care.

Special interests

  • Cataract Surgery with Premium Intraocular Lens implants
  • Toric lenses, Multifocal lens implant
  • Refractive Lens exchange 
  • Cataract Surgery in Diabetics and Ocular inflammation
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cataract Surgery in Diabetics and Ocular inflammation
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy & Retinal Vascular diseases
  • Intravitreal therapies (Anti VEGF- Eylea ,Lucentis ,Avastin)
  • Intravitreal Steroids (Ozurdex ,IIuvien)
  • Retinal Laser ( Pattern and Micropulse/Subliminal laser)
  • Uveitis and Oral Immunosuppression

Other interests

He also manages general ophthalmic problems including eyelid cysts, glaucoma, watery eyes and performs laser procedures including YAG capsulotomy and iridotomy.

Personal interests

Having moved from Wales , Mr. Gudsoorkar and his family enjoy the sunny Somerset and are keen cricket fans. He also enjoys trekking and badminton.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Shantanu Gudsoorkar at Nuffield Health

  • Phacoemulsification
  • Eyelid cyst removal
  • Uveitis
  • Anterior segment
  • YAG Capsulotomy
  • Visual Fields
  • Cataract Surgery

Locations Mr Shantanu Gudsoorkar works with

Related experience


Mr.Gudsoorkar has been involved in large multicentre clinical trials during his tenure in Bristol . These trials investigated use of Anti Vascular Endothelial Growth factor use in macular degeneration, diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion.

He was also actively involved in research projects studying efficacy of intravitreal therapies (Steroid implants , biologic agents ) in severe eye inflammation –posterior uveitis.


  • Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow
  • European Society of Retinal Specialists (EuRETINA)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • Medical Defence Union (MDU)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Bridgwater Community Hospital

Insurers Mr Shantanu Gudsoorkar works with

Mr Shantanu Gudsoorkar works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Bupa
  • AXA Health
  • Cigna
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • CS Healthcare
  • WPA
  • Simplyhealth
  • Allianz
  • Aviva Health
  • Healix
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


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

Mr Shantanu Gudsoorkar has the following interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital:

Owns a 7.14% share of YAG Laser Capsulotomy & Iridotomy and SLT Laser.

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