David Keegan is a Consultant Vitreo-retinal Surgeon at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin since October 2006. He also leads the Retinal Transplant Group, UCD/Catherine McAuley Centre, Dublin. Recently he commenced as Chair of the Ophthalmology Division, Dublin Centre for Clinical Research, Molecular Medicine Ireland, Dublin. He is a member of the Irish College of Ophthalmologists Council and Chaired the Manpower Training and Education Committee.
He graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1994 and attained a Masters in Anatomy from UCD in 1996. He trained at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital London (1997 – 2005) on their higher surgical training scheme in Ophthalmology. He attained his PhD (retinal transplantation) from University College London (1999 – 2002) and completed his vitreo-retinal training with Prof Stanley Chang at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York (2005 – 06).
His clinical interests include management of surgical retinal disease including complex retinal detachment (proliferative vitreo-retinopathy and diabetes), macular hole and pucker. Additionally, he is interested in age related macular degeneration and inherited retinal disease. He is leading an initiative to develop a national register of inherited retinal disease through the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research (DCCR) and Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI).
His research interests are in retinal transplantation and particularly the early immunological response to subretinal transplants (in collaboration with Prof Cliona Farrelly, TCD). His clinical research interests are in discovery of Biomarkers in Age Related macular degeneration (in collaboration with Dr Lorraine O’Driscoll, TCD), trials in anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapies and development of the National Inherited Retinal Disease Register.