Dr. Muhammad Amer Awan


Professor Dr Amer Awan is a UK trained Consultant Ophthalmologist at Northwest Clinic. He is passionate about teaching and has been appointed as Professor in Ophthalmology in Shifa College of Medicine (Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University). He is also teaching post graduate residents.

Following his higher surgical training in Ophthalmology in UK, he has completed a fellowship in Vitreo-retinal surgery at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow, UK. He is the only fellowship trained retinal surgeon with a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) from the General Medical Council of the UK, practicing in Islamabad. The CCT is awarded when a doctor is assessed to have a very high standard of training in the UK and is allowed to practise without supervision. He is one of the three retinal specialists in Pakistan who are members of American Society of Retina Specialists.

He specialises in the medical and surgical management of retinal disorders, such as retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, retinal vein occlusion and macular degeneration. He has got a special interest in suture less vitrectomy, published and presented his work. He routinely performs advanced suture less small gauge (25 & 27 gauge) vitrectomy in simple and complex vitreo-retinal cases under local anaesthesia as a day case. It leads to significantly less postoperative discomfort and achieves significantly faster wound healing and visual rehabilitation.

He has expertise in the field of micro-incision cataract surgery that provides rapid wound healing and almost zero surgically induced astigmatism. He has got vast experience of dealing with advanced & complex cataracts, in addition to dealing with complications of cataract surgery. He has innovated in a technique of intraocular lens (IOL) exchange if IOL is damaged or need to be exchanged due to refractive surprise. He also performs Multifocal, Trifocal, Toric and Trifocal Toric intraocular lens implants.

He has got interest in refractive surgery and routinely carries out LASIK, PRK and ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) to get rid of glasses.

​He has actively participated in research and has more than 50 publications and presentations in peer reviewed journals and various meetings.
He enjoys teaching post graduate residents and conducts various instructional courses for ophthalmologists and retinal surgeons. He has performed live retinal surgeries at different National Ophthalmology meetings to teach.
He is also an examiner for Fellowship in Ophthalmology on behalf of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow.


Special interests & experiences

  • Retinal detachment
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular holes
  • Epiretinal membranes
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Macular degeneration
  • Suture less vitrectomy
  • Micro-incision cataract surgery for advanced & complex cataracts
  • Multifocal, Trifocal, Toric and Trifocal Toric intraocular lens implants
  • Refractive surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Membership and Fellowship from the Royal college of Physicians

Professional Licenses

  • General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Pakistan Medical Council (PMC)
  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Urdu


2021FACS – American College of Surgeons, USA

2019HMS Scholar in Surgical Leadership – Harvard University, Boston, USA

2018 FRCS (Glasgow) – Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, UK

2011 CCT – General Medical Council, London, UK

2011 FRCOphth – The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, UK

2009 FRCS(Ed) – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK

2005 MRCOphth – The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, UK

2005 MRCS(Ed) – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK

1999 MBBS – King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan


2023 – to dateConsultant Ophthalmologist at Northwest Clinic

2021 – to dateProfessor of Ophthalmology at Shifa College of Medicine Islamabad, Pakistan

2019 – to dateAssociate Chief of Surgery at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan

2013 – to dateConsultant Ophthalmic & Retinal Surgeon at Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan