Ismail Jalili is a retired consultant ophthalmic surgeon whose main
focus of work now is in ophthalmic genetics with a particular emphasis on
retinal dystrophies. This includes cone-rod and rod-cone macular dystrophies
together with an acquired interest in enamel dysplasias and genetics of the
CNNM4 gene. He continues to publish on this subject
(link to publications) in
addition to being a reviewer for several international journals.
His interest in multiple genetic associations commenced following work in
the Middle East and in particular with the Order of St John in Jerusalem at
the St. Johnís Eye Hospital and as a visiting professor at the King Khaled
Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where the volume of genetic
disorders encountered there greatly exceeded those encountered in the UK.
In addition to his genetic interest and work, he had over thirty years
experience, predominantly in the UK National Health Service, but also in
posts abroad. Prior to entering the field of ophthalmology, Dr Jalili had
wide experience in major surgical specialities including general,
cardio-thoracic, plastic, orthopaedic and plastic surgery at major UK
teaching hospitals. His ophthalmic work included general medical
ophthalmology and diabetic eye disease together with all types of ophthalmic
surgery. He was also involved in screening programmes and in the prevention
of visual disorders in childhood. (full cv link
here) Since the 1980s his work also involved ophthalmic genetic research and
this remains his main interest.
I am a fully accredited consultant
ophthalmic surgeon on the GMC Specialists Register. I have thirty years
experience in the provision of medico-legal reports spanning my career. As
an expert witness, I cover both personal injuries and medical negligence.
My training in ophthalmology was preceded by four year training in
non-ophthalmic surgical rotations which included accident and emergency,
orthopaedics, general, cardio-thoracic, neuro and plastic surgery; all at
teaching hospitals. This has enabled me to offer a multi-disciplinary
approach and expertise to my clinical judgement and medico-legal work
including medical negligence.
My ophthalmic training was in leading teaching hospitals in Cardiff, Sheffield and London teaching hospitals. It
also included part-time fellowships in diabetic retinopathy (at the Retinal
Diagnostic Unit) and glaucoma at the Glaucoma Unit at Moorfields Eye
Hospital in addition to a three-month full-time course in neurology and neuro-ophthalmology
at the National Hospital for Neurology, Queen Square.
My experience in ocular trauma and knowledge of a wide range of rare pathologies
were greatly enhanced by working
abroad at the Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the St Johnís
Ophthalmic Hospital, Jerusalem. In the latter I also set up a prevention
programme for childhood blindness.
Following a period of research preparing for an MD, I completed 6 months
training at the Professorial Unit of Moorfields Eye Hospital which
focused on cataract and anterior segment and included training at the Cornea
and Oncology Clinics
My practice as an ophthalmic surgeon in anterior segment surgery focused on
cataract and with special clinics in paediatric ophthalmology, diabetic eye
disease and glaucoma. I also pioneered a community based screening
programmes for diabetic retinopathy in North Cheshire.
In terms of academic and managerial responsibilities, I held the position of
departmental tutor for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and an Audit Lead.
I was also responsible for preparing a regional audit on the Cataract
Treatment Centre in North Wales funded by the Welsh Office.
In addition to my clinical work, I continue my involvement in ophthalmic
research. I have discovered and published a wide range of previously
unrecognised new conditions among them the internationally recognised
ĎJalili Syndromeí. The causative gene was found this year. On the latter, I
am working in affiliation with the Ophthalmology Molecular Genetics Unit of
Leeds University at St Jamesís Teaching Hospital which is undertaking a
specially funded research programme on bio-mineralisation based on the
Jalili syndrome. My work has also helped to establish new inroads in
medico-legal, forensic medicine and paternity cases in the findings that
members of inbred communities share identical patterns making DNA
fingerprinting less reliable as a test. More detailed information on my
experience is available on the website
www.jalili.co including the above
In addition to above I was involved in advising, as an elected local
government councillor, on hospital development, health standards and