Navin JAYAKUMAR (India)

Dr Navin Jayakumar MBBS DO FRCSEd, Director, Darshan Eye Clinic, Chennai; Consultant, Vasan Eye Care Hospital, Chennai; Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology; Asia Co-ordinator for Neuro-ophthalmology, Scientific Program Committee, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr Navin Jayakumar studied at Madras Medical College (1978-1984) and Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Chennai (DO 1986-1988), and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FRCSEd 2001). He trained in the superspeciality of neuro-ophthalmology at renowned centres in USA including Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA (1993-1994) with luminaries like Dr Neil Miller, Dr Joel Glazer, and Prof William Hoyt. He joined Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai in 1991 and was Head of Department of Neuro-ophthalmology at Sankara Nethralaya (2002-2005). In 2005 he was invited by The Chinese University of Hong Kong to help establish a Department of Neuro-Ophthalmology. He was also designated Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology at the Shantou Medical University, People's Republic of China. During this period he also taught state-of-the-art cataract surgery aboard the Lifeline Express, a charitable eye hospital on wheels, in remote areas in China and was recognized by Hong Kong's Action for Vision Foundation in 2006 for his work in alleviating cataract blindness there. Since 2008 he is also a visiting consultant at Vasan Eye Care Hospitals Chennai.

Dr Navin Jayakumar was the Asia co-coordinator for Neuro-ophthalmology Symposium for the 2008 World Ophthalmology Congress, and is the Asia coordinator for Neuro-ophthalmology for the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Meetings from 2009 till date. In 2010 January he became the first Indian to be invited to the Editorial Board of the premier scientific neuro-ophthamology journal in the world - the Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology.