Mr Suman Biswas

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth, MD (Doctor of Medicine by research), MS (Master of Surgery), DO (Diploma in Ophthalmology), MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery)

Languages spoken:

English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil

Professional memberships:

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • All India Ophthalmological Society

Main NHS base:

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Queen’s Hospital, Burton
Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Tamworth
Samuel Johnson Hospital, Lichfield

Clinical interests:

  • Glaucoma including glaucoma surgery and laser treatments
  • Cataract surgery including multifocal lens implants
  • General Ophthalmology including dry eyes and minor eye conditions like eyelid cysts

Training & background:

Mr Biswas began his ophthalmic surgical training in 1987 in India. He was awarded the Diploma in Ophthalmology in 1989, and in 1990 was awarded the Master of Surgery (M.S.) in Ophthalmology from the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Pondicherry, India.

He started his training in United Kingdom in 1991 as a Senior House Officer in ophthalmology, initially at Grimsby District General Hospital and subsequently at the Hull Royal Infirmary as Registrar. From 1997 to 2004 he was a Staff Surgeon at the Royal Preston Hospital, during which time he was a research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) for his research into cataractogenesis (how cataracts form). In 2004 he was appointed at the Bristol Eye Hospital Specialist Registrar rotation, during which time he also completed an advanced subspecialty training (ASTO) in glaucoma. In 2009, after completing his Specialist Registrar training, he gained further experience in glaucoma as a post-CCT fellow at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre.

He was appointed to the post of Consultant Ophthalmologist at Queen’s Hospital, Burton on Trent in 2010. He is the lead consultant for glaucoma care and has introduced new glaucoma treatments including all kinds of laser treatment for glaucoma and complex glaucoma surgery including Mitomycin trabeculectomy and i-stent implant surgery. He is responsible for training doctors, being the Educational Supervisor and Royal College of Ophthalmologists trainer at the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has trained doctors, nurses and optometrists in glaucoma and general ophthalmic management and care. Mr Biswas brings a wealth of experience to Midlands Eye Care with expertise in cataract surgery including multifocal IOL implants (not available on the NHS). Besides specialised consultations for glaucoma, Mr. Biswas is also available for consultations in general ophthalmology and carrying out various minor ophthalmic procedures. He values good communication and is passionate about the quality of care for his patients.

Clinical Science papers

Compression sutures with autologous blood injection for leaking trabeculectomy blebs 1st Author (Study – Br J Ophthalmol, 2009;93:549-550).

Emulsification of Densiron-68 used in inferior retinal detachment surgery. Eye 2008; 22:   152-157 ( Case series )

A novel technique to treat traumatic corneal perforation in a case of presumed brittle cornea syndrome. Br J Ophthalmol. 2007 Mar;91(3):399. (Case report-Letter to the editor).

Delayed choroidal haemorrhage with concomitant sub-conjunctival haemorrhage following retinal detachment surgery. ( Case report – ‘Retinal Cases & Brief Reports. 2008; 2(2):121-123.

Subperiosteal Orbital Hemorrhage Following Self-strangulation. Annals of Ophthalmology 2007; 39(4): 345-347 (Case report)

Ligneous cervicitis. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Volume 29, Issue 2 February 2009 , pages 163 – 165 (Case report)

Research papers

Calpains and their multiple roles in diabetes mellitus.
Annals of the New York Academy of Science. Nov 2006;1084:452-80.(Review.)

Calpains: enzymes of vision?  Biswas, S., Harris, F., Dennison, S., Singh, J., Phoenix, D. A. Medical Science Monitor, Sep.2005; 11(9):301-310.(Full paper-Review) Times cited: 1

The in vitro retardation of porcine cataractogenesis by the calpain inhibitor, SJA6017. Biswas, S., Harris, F., Singh, J. and Phoenix D.A. June2004. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 261(1-2): 169-173.    ( Full Paper)    Times cited: 6

Calpains: targets of cataract prevention? Biswas, S., Harris, F., Phoenix, D.A. Feb.2004 Trends in Molecular Medicine, 10(2): 78-84. ( Full Paper – Review) Times cited: 10

Role of calpains in diabetes mellitus-induced cataractogenesis: A mini review. Biswas, S., Harris, F., Singh, J. and Phoenix D.A. June2004. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 261(1-2): 151-159.    ( Full Paper)   Times cited: 2

Treatment of cataracts: vision for the future?
Biswas, S., Harris, F. and Phoenix D. A. (2001) Biologist, 48, 273-277. ( Full paper )

Theoretical investigation into the lipid interaction of m-calpain Daman, O.A., Biswas, S., Harris, F., Wallace, J. and Phoenix D.A. (2001) Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 223, 159-163.     ( Full paper )

Book chapters

Diabetes Mellitus and Its Complications: Molecular Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Clinical Medicine. Edited by: Ernest Adeghate et al. Part XII: Molecular Genetics of Diabetes: Chapter 31: Calpains and Their Multiple Roles in Diabetes Mellitus: Frederick Harris, Suman Biswas, Jaipaul Singh, Sarah Dennison and David Phoenix. Blackwell publishing 2006: ISBN: 9781573316354, ISBN10: 1573316350

Conference proceedings

A theoretical investigation into the role of amphiphilic µ-helical structure in the lipid interactions of m-calpain in cataractogenesis. Biswas, S., Harris, F., Daman, O. A., Wallace, J., Phoenix, D. A. 2001 Abstracts of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science 42(4): 5877, No. 4710. (Abstract)

An  investigation into the lipid interaction of m-calpain. Biswas, S., Daman, A., Harris, F and Phoenix, D A. (2001) Proceedings of the 4th European Symposium of the Protein Society, Protein Science 10, (suppl 1), p 149, No. 367. (Proceedings)

Biophysical studies into the role of Lipid/ Membranes in the activation of an Eye Lens Calpain’ at the ARVO, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, April 30th – May 5th, 2005. (ARVO proceedings).

Presentations at conferences

‘Multi-centre outcomes of Re-do Trabeculectomy’ presented at the World Glaucoma Congress, Prague (June 2016)

Post-Vitrectomy glaucoma: Outcome following trabeculectomy’ presented at the MGS meeting, Leicester 26th Jan 2011 (clinical case presentation).

’Management of bleb dysaesthesia’ presented at the Midland Glaucoma Society meeting at Birmingham. ( 22nd June 2010. clinical case presentation).

‘Management of hypotony in Radius-Maumenee Syndrome’ presented at the Midland Glaucoma Society meeting at Leicester on January 26, ’10. (clinical case presentation).

‘Outcomes of Endolaser Cyclodiode Photocoagulation treatment’ presented at the UK and Ireland Glaucoma Society Meeting, Liverpool, December 4th, ’09. (poster)

‘Sub-scleral flap needle revision of failing trabeculectomy filtering blebs– A simple office-procedure.’ presented at the annual congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Liverpool, May 20th-22nd, ’08. (poster)

‘Lymphoproliferative orbital cases in a U.K. tertiary referral centre’, Asia-Pacific Oculoplasty Conference, Hyderabad, India, December 13th-16th, ’07. (paper)

‘Sclerosing Sweat duct Carcinoma of eyelid margin’ in a Black patient’, European Oculoplasty Meeting, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 13th-15th, ’07. (poster)

‘Outcome of Palmberg sutures in leaking trabeculectomy filtering blebs’, International Glaucoma symposium, Athens, Greece, March 28th-31st,’07.  (poster)

‘Efficacy and safety of Densiron in retinal detachment surgery, WEAVRS annual meet, Swindon, England, May 12th,’06.  ( paper )

‘A novel technique to repair corneal rupture in a case of presumed Brittle cornea Syndrome’ at the Cornea day of ESCRS winter meet, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Feb. 8th , 2006.  ( clinical case )

‘Biophysical studies into the role of Lipid/ Membranes in the activation of an Eye Lens Calpain’ at the ARVO, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A., Apr. 30th.-May 5th., 2005.(poster)

‘The surgical management of bleb dysaesthesia’ at the South-west Glaucoma meeting, Taunton, Jan. 2005.  (clinical case)

‘The administration of sub-Tenon’s local anaesthesia in a high-volume cataract surgery list by nurse-practitioner’ at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists annual meeting, Manchester, May 2004.  (poster)

‘The in-vitro ability of the peptide aldehyde, SJA6017, to inhibit calpain-mediated porcine cataractogenesis’ at the 8thNottingham Eye Symposium and Research Meeting, Nottingham, January 30th,2004. (paper)

‘Investigations into the membrane interactions of m-calpain, an enzyme implicated in diabetic cataractogenesis. 4thInternational Symposium on Diabetes Mellitus and its Complications: From Molecular Biology to Clinical Medicine. Biswas, S., Harris, F., Dennison, S, Haub T., Dante, S., Phoenix, D. A., Preston, July 7th– 8th.2003. (poster)

‘Comparison of sub-Tenon’s with peri-bulbar anaesthesia in cataract surgery – the surgeons’ and patients’ perspective’ at the Annual Conference of the British  Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society, Chester, June 27th, 2003. ( poster )

‘Paralytic pontine exotropia in Multiple Sclerosis’ at the North-west regional Ophthalmology meeting, Preston, June 4th, 2003.  ( clinical case )

‘A theoretical investigation into the role of amphiphilic alpha helical structure in lipid interaction of m-calpain in cataractogenesis’ at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology,(ARVO),Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A., Apr. 30th.-May 4th., 2001.  ( poster )

‘Advantages of suturing the Orbital Septum in Congenital Ptosis surgery’ at the International Congress of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive surgery, Istanbul, Turkey , Sept. 18th-20th,1999.   ( paper )

‘A case of Dorsal-midbrain Syndrome’ at The North of England Ophthalmology meeting, Preston, April, 1997.  ( clinical case presentation )

‘Role of Simultaneous Bilateral Cataract Surgery in selected cases’ at the Intn’l Congress of Cataract and Refractive surgery, Montreal, Canada , July, 1994. (paper)

Invited Talks/Guest lecture/Instruction courses

National Laser simulation course instructor – Birmingham 3.3.18.

Course Instructor (Midlands Trabeculectomy course) – 15.3.17.

Chaired the Midland Glaucoma Society meet – 17.3.15.

Glaucoma Guest lecture: The silent thief of vision – Burton Hospital CME 25.9.11.

OCT in glaucoma (invited speaker) – Midland Glaucoma Society, Stoke-on-Trent 12.11.11.

Trabectome surgery for glaucoma – Midland Ophthalmological Society, Burton 30.3.12.

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