Professor Madhavan Rajan

Professor of ophthalmic and visual sciences, Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU)

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals

Postgraduate Medical Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Professor Rajan is a clinical academic and ophthalmic surgeon based in Cambridge with expertise in management of corneal and cataract disorders and research interest in advanced surgical techniques and treatment cure for corneal blindness

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Professor Rajan spent his early years in London St Thomas’ Hospital and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital and has 18 years’ experience in the field of ophthalmology.

He was appointed consultant ophthalmic surgeon in 2007 and he is clinical lead of cornea and cataract service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and principal supervisor for the corneal fellowship program.

He was appointed as Professor of Ophthalmic and Visual Sciences to Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in 2010. At the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU), he leads the corneal research team and recently developed a novel endothelial keratoplasty technique termed Microthin DSAEK with improved patient outcomes, that won the NHS Health enterprise Innovation award.

Research interests

  • Corneal transplantation - newer techniques and devices
  • Advanced optic intraocular lenses in cataract surgery
  • Corneal wound healing mechanisms
  • Corneal drug delivery
  • Corneal stem cell research
  • Corneal diagnostics, Corneal crosslinking for Keratoconus

Areas of research supervision

  • Corneal transplantation
  • Corneal Ex vivo cultured Cell therapy
  • Keratoconus
  • Cataract disorders


  • FRCOphth, London
  • MD, University of London>
  • MRCOphth, London
  • FRCS Glasg. (Ophthalmology)
  • FRCS Ed (Ophthalmology)
  • MS (Ophthalmology)>
  • MBBS>

Memberships, editorial boards

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  • Professor of ophthalmic and visual sciences, Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, clinical lead - cornea and cataract, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals
  • Regional representative - east of England, ocular transplant tissue advisory group (OTAG), NHS - blood and transplant UK
  • Council member - UKISCRS, UK and Ireland society of cataract and refractive surgeons, UK
  • Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, UK
  • Trustee, Cambridge Eye Trust, Cambridge
  • Chairman of Cambridge Cornea and Cataract Symposium (2010 - to date)
  • Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, European society of cataract and refractive surgeon, British Society of refractive surgeons, Bowman club

Selected recent publications

Voyatzis, G. Roberts, H.W. Keenan, J. Rajan, M.S. (2014) Cambridgeshire cataract shared care model: community optometrist-delivered postoperative discharge scheme. Br J Ophthalmol. 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304636. PubMed PMID: 24515987

Rajan, M.S. (2014) Surgical strategies to improve visual outcomes in corneal transplantation. Eye (Lond)

Thomas, P.B Mukherjee, A.N. O'Donovan, D. Rajan, M.S. (2013) Preconditioned donor corneal thickness for microthin endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea

Mukherjee, A. Voyatzis, G. Rajan, M.S. (2013) Reply to "Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty: effect of intraoperative lenticule thickness on visual outcome and endothelial cell density

Hyatt, A.J. Rajan, M.S. Burling, K. Ellington, M.J. Tassoni, A. Martin, K.R. (2012) Release of vancomycin and gentamicin from a contact lens versus a fibrin coating applied to a contact lens. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci

Voyatzis, G. Pitalia, A. Vize, C. Rajan, M.S. (2012) Topical Bromfenac for Pseudophakic Cystoid Macular Edema. European Ophthalmic Review

Keenan, T.D. Jones, M.N. Rushton, S. Carley, F.M. (2012) National Health Service Blood and Transplant Ocular Tissue Advisory Group and Contributing Ophthalmologists (Ocular Tissue Advisory Group Audit Study 8). Trends in the indications for corneal graft surgery in the United Kingdom: 1999 through 2009. Arch Ophthalmol

Hayes, S. Boote, C. Kamma-Lorger, C.S. Rajan, M.S. Harris, J. Dooley, E. Hawksworth, N. Hiller, J. Terill, N.J. Hafezi, F. Brahma, A.K. Quantock, A.J. Meek, K.M. (2011) Riboflavin/UVA collagen cross-linking-induced changes in normal and keratoconus corneal stroma