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Dr Rushmia Karim is a UK-trained ophthalmologist with over 10 years of experience. She specialises in children’s eye health and is a skilled surgeon, performing cataract, lens and strabismus (squint) surgery in both adults and children. She also has a special interest in neuro-ophthalmology (nerve-related vision problems).
Dr Karim trained in the highly regarded London ophthalmology vocational program including the world-famous Moorfields Eye Hospital. She also completed the prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital fellowship program in paediatrics and squint surgery. Prior to her return to Sydney, Dr Karim was the Head of the Paediatric Eye Service at the distinguished Prince Charles Eye Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust, Reading, UK.
Dr Karim has been extensively involved in research. She has published numerous papers in prestigious journals and has presented her research at conferences around the world.
She is fluent in Bengali.
Former Educational and clinical supervisor, Vocational ophthalmology program, Oxford Deanery
Former Examiner, Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK
Former Panel member, Ophthalmology Vocational Training Program, UK
Former online e-learning course contributor in ophthalmology, Plymouth University
Former Duke Elder examination revision course tutor, Paediatric ophthalmology, Imperial College School of Medicine Ophthalmology Society
Former Ophthalmic International Tutor, University of Sydney Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)
Former Ophthalmic Anatomy Tutor, University of Sydney Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)
Former Evidence-based Medicine Tutor, 1st and 2nd year postgraduate Medicine, University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health
Former Problem-based learning tutor, 1st year postgraduate Medicine, Concord General Repatriation Hospital Clinical School, New South Wales
Former Clinical Associate Lecturer – Medicine, Concord Repatriation General Hospital Clinical School
Expert panel member, Paediatric Ophthalmology, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Former member, Child protection and safeguarding committee, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust
Other professional achievements
Permanent peer reviewer, Dove Medical Press, Publications peer reviewed for Clinical Ophthalmology, Clinical Audit and Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Former peer reviewer: Reviews for Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Archives of Ophthalmology and BMJ Case Reports
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom
Member of the British & Irish Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Association (BIPOSA)
Member of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS)
Member of the Australian Medical Association
Community involvement & charitable work
Dr Karim is a strong advocate for children’s health and safety. She was a panel member for the Children’s Safeguarding Team at Moorfields Eye Hospital for three years and at Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust. She holds the highest certification in safeguarding in the UK and has considerable skills in child welfare and protection.
In addition, it was Dr Karim's dedication to high-quality research that helped secure her a prestigious appointment as an expert panel member with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE is the foremost organisation promoting health and social care through evidence-based medicine in the UK.
Best presentation: ESCRS Management of patients with Herpetic eye disease undergoing cataract surgery in the United Kingdom: A survey. European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons: ESCRS Winter Meeting, Warsaw, 2013
Education & training
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Sydney
Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) with Honours, University of Sydney
Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), University of Sydney
Ophthalmology training with London Network, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom
Paediatric and Strabismus Fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Dr Karim has been singing since she was a child, first performing with the Sydney Children’s choir, then the Sydney Graduate choir. Her highlight at the end of each year was singing the Messiah at the Sydney Town Hall at Christmas. She participated in this wonderful tradition for over a decade before she left for the United Kingdom. In London, she combined her love of singing and children’s health by singing with the London Doctors’ Choir every Christmas at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Apart from a love of singing and performing, Dr Karim enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle, with good food and great friends. She has been known to make an amazing lamb roast.
Research & publications
Dr Karim has an extensive research portfolio. She has performed and published systematic reviews including Cochrane reviews, randomised controlled studies and observational studies. This includes the Cochrane review, ‘Corneal collagen cross-linking for treating keratoconus’, which paved the way for the intervention to be funded by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. This paper is widely used and referred to worldwide.
Dr Karim has travelled the world presenting her research findings and has chaired conference sessions as an expert researcher. She is currently interested in genomics medicine and eye disease, having recently completed a certificate in genomics at Imperial College, London.
Video presented at the ESCRS Meeting, London, 2014
Povidone iodine washing for Giant Fornix Syndrome
British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS), 2014
Efficacy of an educational intervention to improve adherence to NICE recommended follow up intervals for Glaucoma. Queens Hospital
Poster at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Birmingham, 2014
Uveitic Macular Oedema, a systematic review and meta-analysis
Poster at The Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, 2013
Management of patients with Herpetic eye disease undergoing cataract surgery in the United Kingdom: A survey
ESCRS Winter Meeting, Warsaw, 2013
Poster at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Liverpool, 2013
External versus Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy for Acquired Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction
Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association Eighth Biennial Conference, 2010
Poster at The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) 41st Annual Scientific Congress, Adelaide, 2010
Conservative Resection and Adjuvant Plaque Brachytherapy for Early Stage Conjunctival Melanoma
Sydney Eye Hospital Alumni Association Eighth Biennial Conference, 2010
RANZCO 41st Annual Scientific Congress, Adelaide, 2010
Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Conference, Sydney 2011
Poster at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Birmingham, 2011
Anti-vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Diabetic Macular Oedema
A systematic review and meta-analysis
RANZCO 41st Annual Scientific Congress, Brisbane, 2009
Midlands Ophthalmic Society Annual Conference Birmingham, United Kingdom, Medical Retina, 2010
Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Nasolacrimal Sac
Poster at RANZCO 41st Annual Scientific Congress, Brisbane, 2009
London Ophthalmic Society Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, 2011
Local presentations and regional teaching days
Duke Elder Lecture Imperial course: Paediatric ophthalmology
Phakomatosis, Queens Hospital regional teaching day
FEVR: Presentation of the current medical literature: Moorfields Paediatric/Strabismus course
Stargardt’s Disease, Moorfields Eye Hospital regional teaching day
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