Mr William Dean


FRCOphth, PhD, MEd, MBChB, BSc

GMC number: 4615695

Practising since: 1999



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Mr Will Dean is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon based in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds.

He has 23 years’ experience in eye care, has performed over 10,000 eye surgeries and is a global expert in cataract surgery. He completed his basic medical training at the University of Leicester graduating in 1999, and eye specialist training in the Severn Deanery, UK.

Mr Dean specialises in cataract surgery (including advanced and complex cataract cases, and premium intra-ocular lenses), glaucoma (including laser and surgical management), and emergency eye care. He is the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Assistant Clinical Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town where he is at the forefront of simulation surgical training.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and a Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Mr Dean was awarded a PhD from the University of London for his ground-breaking work on ophthalmic surgical training. He has published 40 papers in international scientific journals and a well-known textbook on eye surgery.

Special interests

Mr William Dean's special interests are in cataract and glaucoma. 

Other interests

Emergency Eye care. 

Personal interests

Mr Dean enjoys cycling, running, music composition and song writing in his spare time. 

Languages spoken

English, Afrikaans, French

Treatments and tests offered by Mr William Dean at Nuffield Health

  • Glaucoma surgery (Trabeculectomy)
  • Cataract Surgery

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Related experience


Mr Dean has published 40 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. These include the world’s first two multi-centre randomised controlled trials assessing intense simulation-based surgical education for cataract and glaucoma surgery.

Dean WH, Gichuhi S, Buchan, JC et al Intense Simulation-Based Surgical Education for Manual Small-Incision Cataract Surgery. The Ophthalmic Learning and Improvement Initiative in Cataract Surgery Randomised Clinical Trial in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2021 Jan1;139(1):9-15. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.4718

Dean, WH, Buchan, J, Gichuhi S, et al. Simulation-based surgical education for glaucoma versus conventional training alone: the GLAucoma Simulated Surgery (GLASS) trial. A multicentre, multicountry, randomised controlled, investigator-masked educational intervention efficacy trial in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. BJO. 2021;0:1-7. doi:10.11136/bjophthalmol-2020-318049.


  • Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
  • General Medical Council

Other posts held

  • Tetbury Hospital
  • Spa Private Medical Centre
  • Cheltenham General Hospital
  • RJ Holmes Opticians Cirencester

Insurers Mr William Dean works with

Mr William Dean works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aetna
  • Alliance Healthcare
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


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

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

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