David Shahnazaryan


Ophthalmology – Cataract Surgery, Anterior segment surgery, Laser eye surgery, Lid surgery, Refractive surgery, Corneal transplantation, Minor procedures

Quick Facts…

Mr Shahnazaryan is dual fellowship trained in Cornea and Anterior segment and Oculoplastic Surgery. In 2018 he joined the Armenian Eye Care Project, a voluntary mission aimed at eliminating preventable blindness in Armenia.


Mr Shahnazaryan has presented internationally on Cataract surgery, Corneal Transplantation and Oculoplastic Surgery. His clinical and lab-based research focused on corneal transplantation and herpes simplex keratitis. He published in high impact ophthalmology journals, more recently in American Journal of Ophthalmology.

In 2018 he joined the Armenian Eye Care Project, a voluntary mission to make quality eye care accessible to everyone in the country and to eliminate preventable blindness. In September 2018, along with his Armenian colleagues from Malayan Ophthalmological Centre, he organised a clinic for patients with complex oculoplastic and anterior segment conditions.

Education & Training

After obtaining his primary medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University in his home country of Armenia in June 2001, he underwent a 3-year residency program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Professor Armen Hovhannisyan a distinguished Plastic Surgeon.

He later relocated to the Republic of Ireland in 2008 to further his qualification, residing in Dublin. Mr Shahnazaryan completed his ophthalmology residency at Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin with the Irish College of Ophthalmologists, renowned for its excellence. In 2014 he completed a refractive fellowship with Professor Michael O’Keefe, one of the pioneers of Refractive Surgery in Ireland. In 2018 he finished his latest achievement of obtaining an MD postgraduate research degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He followed this with Fellowships in Oculoplastic Surgery at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds in 2018 and in Cornea & Anterior Segment at King’s College Hospital, London in 2019.

In early 2020 he joined the Corneal team at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK as a Locum Consultant in Cornea & Anterior Segment.

Interests & Specialty

Research Interests:

  • Cornea and external eye diseases
  • Endothelial transplantation
  • The role of innate immunity in Herpes Simplex Keratitis
  • Management of astigmatism after corneal transplantation
  • Management of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome

Clinical Interests:

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery including: Laser eye surgery and Implantable Contact Lenses
  • Corneal transplantation: DMEK, DSAEK, DALK, PK
  • Corneal Cross-Linking
  • Iris Reconstruction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Lacrimal surgery
  • Ophthalmology teaching


  • Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Research Foundation Grant awarded for the best research project in November 2010
  • Eithne Walls Memorial Medal awarded for best research presentation in June 2013


  • Shahnazaryan D, Sese AH, Hollick EJ. Endothelial cell loss after Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy: DMEK compared to triple-DMEK [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 10]. Am J Ophthalmol. 2020;S0002-9394(20)30232-4. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2020.05.003
  • Ní Gabhann-Dromgoole J, de Chaumont C, Shahnazaryan D, et al. Systemic IL-1β production as a consequence of corneal HSV-1 infection-contribution to the development of herpes simplex keratitis. Int J Ophthalmol. 2019;12(9):1493-1497. Published 2019 Sep 18. doi:10.18240/ijo.2019.09.19
  • Cleary C A, Shahnazaryan D, Hickey-Dwyer Intravitreal anti-VEGF therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration and the risk of stroke, Ir Med J; 2011 May; 104(5): 146-9.
  • Shahnazaryan D, Murphy C. Managing Herpes Simplex Keratitis. Irish Medical Times; Apr 2011