Sheffield eye pathologist plays key role in World Health Organisation reference book

Dr Mudhar (back row, third from right) at the Consensus and Editorial Meeting of the World Health Organisation’s Classification of Tumours of the Eye.

A Sheffield eye pathologist who specialises in the microscopic examination of eye diseases has played a key role in contributing to an internationally-renowned reference book which helps clinicians and pathologists diagnose eye tumours.

Dr Hardeep Singh Mudhar, a consultant histopathologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of four UK pathologists and one of 64 from across the world to have contributed to the 4th edition of the World Health Organisation Classification of Tumours of the Eye reference book.

The book was prepared by 64 contributors from 22 countries, and is used by histopathologists, ophthalmologists and scientists across the world to classify different types of eye tumours and assist in cancer research.

Dr Mudhar co-authored seven sections and provided 23 illustrative figures. He was also one of 12 leading eye pathologists in the world invited to attend an editorial meeting held at the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, in January 2018 to amend and review content.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals runs a number of highly specialist services that help treat and diagnose eye conditions. This includes the Sheffield Ocular Oncology Service, which is one of four UK designated centres of excellence for the study and treatment of tumours that occur in or around the eye and the National Specialist Ophthalmic Pathology Service which is also one of four UK designated centres that provides a specialist eye pathology service for Sheffield and UK patients.

Dr Hardeep Singh Mudhar, who has worked in the National Specialist Ophthalmic Pathology Service as a specialist eye pathologist, in the Department of Histopathology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital since 2004, said: “To be chosen by the World Health Organisation to write, prepare and review content alongside some of my eye pathology heroes is a huge honour and one of the highest achievements someone in my profession can reach.

“I’m one of eight specialist eye pathologists working full time in the field in the UK. My role enables me to provide timely expert diagnosis on rare cases of eye tumours and other eye diseases for Sheffield and UK patients. I also collaborate with the University of Sheffield and other UK and international universities to do research on eye diseases, leading to regular publications in top peer-reviewed journals.

“I’m very lucky to work in a highly supportive Histopathology Deptartment, with a fantastic team that includes highly skilled biomedical scientists and secretarial staff that make huge contributions to the eye pathology service. I feel so privileged that this expertise and excellence in service has been used to help other practitioners in the field across the globe.”


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