Okonkwo Ogugua MD, is a vitreo retinal surgeon who has worked at the Eye Foundation Hospital – Eye Foundation Retina Institute for over 20 years. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and West African College of Surgeons. Being a product of the Eye Foundation himself, he has maintained the current standards and culture of excellence the institution has built over the years, and is well know for at home and abroad. He is an active member of the academic faculty, the director of postgraduate training and the residency program director. He also serves on the board of the Eye Foundation.
As an accomplished ophthalmic and vitreoretinal surgeon he pioneered macular translocation surgery, subretinal surgery, multifocal intraocular lens implantation and several other vitreoretinal surgical techniques in Nigeria. His subspecialty interest is surgery for complex retinal detachments; including proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).
He has participated in several international and national academic endeavors and is an invited speaker in several local and international meetings. In this light, AI (Acquisition International) a leading UK based institution awarded him as the most outstanding ophthalmic surgeon in Nigeria in 2018. He has several other awards inspired by his leadership role in ophthalmic service most notable of which is the Development in Nigeria Merit Award (DINMA) in 2017. He is passionate about the training of the next generation of ophthalmic surgeons in our country and is a member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons.
He is a member of several local and international retinal societies most notable of which are the American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS) and Arab – African Society of Retina Specialists (AASRS) in which he serves as the country representative for both societies. He is also a member of the steering committee of the African Retina Society (ARS), and the founding editor of the Nigerian Journal of Vitreoretinal Diseases (NJVRD).
His current academic and research interests include macular surgery, diabetic retinopathy and adjuvant non-surgical treatment of proliferative vitreoretinopathy.