Positions of Esteem, Awards and Accolades (Recognitions) for Prof. Harminder Dua

Consultant Ophthalmologist in Nottingham, United Kingdom





Deputy Lieutenant, Nottinghamshire

Board Member, International Council of Ophthalmology (2018-)

Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology, Head of the Academic Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Nottingham, And Consultant Ophthalmologist, University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre NHS Trust, Nottingham, NG7 2UH. (1994-).

Honorary Professor of Universita della Svizzera, Lugano and Faculty member, European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology (ESASO). (2010-).


High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, in Nomination (for 2021-22)

Head of Service (Joint), Department of Ophthalmology, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. (2018-2021).

President of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVERf) (2016-2021)

Editor in chief of the Journal of EuCornea (European society of Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Specialists) (2015-2020)

Master, Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, UK (2018-19)

Chairman, Advisory Committee, International Council of Ophthalmology (2016-18)

Chairman Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning (2013-2015)

President, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK. (2011-2014)

President, European Association for Vision and Eye Research Foundation (EVERf ) (2010-2014)

Editor in Chief, British Journal of Ophthalmology (2007-2014)

President, European Society of Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Specialists (EuCornea) (2011-2013)

Trustee Sightsavers International (2004-2012)

President, European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER) (2008)





  • Lifetime Achievement Award. NHS Parliamentary Awards, Midlands Region. 2021.
  • Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire (CBE). 2019, For services to Eye Healthcare, health education and Ophthalmology. conferred by Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, Queen of England, Birthday Honours List, 2019.
  • Rotary International, Global Alumni, Service to Humanity Award. 2013. Awarded annually to one individual from across the world.
  • Melvin Jones Fellow (Award) Lions Clubs International Foundation. 2019, for dedicated humanitarian services.
  • Times Higher Education Award. Research Project of the Year. 2014, (for research on Dua's Layer). [One of the most prestigious scientific awards awarded across all Universities in the UK, covering all disciplines).
  • Professional Excellence Award. Academy of Medical Sciences, India (Nagpur Branch).
  • Dr Nilima Pawade Lifetime Achievement Award. 2013, Maharashtra Ophthalmic Society.
  • “Britain's Top Doctor” - On the 13th of November 2010 The Times Newspaper, UK, published in its Saturday Magazine a roll of Britain's Top Doctors. Prof HS Dua was one of five ophthalmologists named in that list.
  • “100 most influential individuals in Ophthalmology”.  2014-2020, The-Ophthalmologist magazine has published a ‘Power List' of the 100 most influential individuals in Ophthalmology on 3 occasions. Prof Dua has been named in each of these lists.
  • Platinum Award. 2011-2020, Department of Health, UK, Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA).
  • “The Dua Room”. 2016,  A Seminar room in the Post Graduate Medical Centre (City hospital campus), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has been name in honour of Prof. HS Dua.
  • “The Dua Lecture”. A Lecture at the National Ocular Surface Masterclass, Birmingham, has been named in honour of Prof. HS Dua.
  • Vice Chancellor's Medal. 2016, for sustained excellence in Teaching and Research and enhancing the global profile and reputation of the University of Nottingham.
  • Distinguished Services, Achievement Award. 2010, American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) Achievement Award. 2013.
  • Amber Cornea Award. 2014. 6th International Symposium “Advances in diagnosis and treatment of corneal diseases” Wisla, Poland.
  • Ruskell Medal. 2010, for best published paper by junior doctor (awarded to Al-Aqaba), Al-Aqaba M, Fares U, Lowe J, Dua HS. Architecture and distribution of corneal nerves. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 2010.





Prestigious Memberships of International Organisations by invitation

Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis since 2010. (distinguished Chair V) Total membership less than 100.

American Ophthalmological Society since 2014-15. By invitation and submission of Thesis. Total membership less than 500

Honorary Life Membership of:

1. Medical Contact lens and Ocular Surface Association (MCLOSA) also called British Ocular surface Society (BOS).
2. Indian society of cataract and keratorefractive surgeons
3. Pune Ophthalmological society
4. Vidarbha Ophthalmic society, Nagpur, India

‘Honorary' postnominals, which are the highest accolades conferred by the respective institutions.

1. Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP). 2014

2. Honorary Fellow of the College of Optometrists, United Kingdom (FCOptom). 2015

3. Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom (FRCOphth.). 2018

4. Honorary Fellow of the All India Collegium of Ophthalmology (FAICO) 2020, All India Ophthalmological Society.

Prestigious Eponymous Lectures

  • The Bowman Lecture. 2022. Royal College of Ophthalmologits, UK. Annual congress, Birmingham,  May 2022. The only person to have been awarded this accolade twice.
  • The Doyne Memorial Lecture. 2021, Oxford ophthalmological Congress, 2021, July 2021.
  • Schirmer Lecture. 2020-21, International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye, London, 18-19 June, 2020. (To be given, Postponed to 2021 due to Covid19 Pandemic).
  • Guest Lecture. 2020-21, The Irish College of Ophthalmologists. 13th May 2020. (To be given, Postponed to 2021 due to Covid19 Pandemic).
  • Filatov Memorial Lecture. 2021, National Academy of Medical Science of Ukraine Ministry of Health of Ukraine Ukrainian Society of Ophthalmologists SI “Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy of NAMS of Ukraine, Odessa, Ukraine. May 2021. 
  • The Bowman Lecture. 2021, Royal College of Ophthalmologits, UK. Annual congress, Birmingham,  May 2021.
  • Kok van Alphen Lecture. 2019, Dutch Cornea Foundation (Hoornvlies Stichting Nederland, HSN), Maastricht, Holland.
  • Garth Taylor Memorial Lecture. 2019, Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies, 30th annual conference, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
  • Masterclass Oration. 2019, Annual Conference of ISCKRS, New Delhi. 
  • Centre for Sight, International Oration. 2018, New Delhi, India.
  • Cornea Keynote Lecture. 2018,  25th anniversary of the Belgian Academy of Ophthalmology Brussels, Belgium.
  • Cornea Keynote Lecture. 2018, 175th anniversary of the Jules Gonin eye hospital, Luassane, Switzerland.
  • Prof B. Patnaik Lecture. 2018, XVIII State of the Art Cataract and Refractive Surgery meeting Hull, England.
  • ISCKRS Cornea Oration. 2018, Indian Society of Cataract and Keratorefractive Surgeons (ISCKRS), New Delhi, India.
  • Riad Fikry Memorial Lecture. 2018, Al Watany Ophthalmology Summit (AWOS 2018), Cairo, Egypt.
  • Meibom-Mooren-Ehrenvorlesung (Meibom Mooren lecture). 2018, Düsseldorfer Hornhauttag 2018, Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • Narendra Swarup Oration. 2018, Hyderabad Ophthalmology and Optometry Association. HOA Vista.
  • President's Award Lecture. 2017, All India Ophthalmological Congress, Jaipur, India..
  • Conferencia Magistral. 2017, Spanish Cornea Society (GESOC), Madrid, Spain.
  • CorneaSA Lecture. 2017, SASCRS 2017 (South Africa Society of Catarct and Refractive Surgeons) and South Africa Cornea Society. XVIIth Biennial Congress.  Durban, South Africa.
  • The Chibret Lecture. 2017, 20th Anniversary of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research. Nice, France.
  • Kanski Gold Medal Lecture. 2017, World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
  • Bijayanand Patnaik Lecture. 2016. LV Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar, India.
  • President's lecture. Bangalore Ophthalmic Society, 2016.
  • W Bruce Jackson Lecturer. 2015, Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Victoria BC, Canada.
  • Gold Medal Lecture, Lectio Magistralis. 2015,  SITRAC (Italian Eye banking and corneal transplantation society), Medaglia d'Oro S.I.TRA.C. (Gold Medal SITRAC).
  • State of the Art Lecture (SOTAL). 2014, European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology, London, England.
  • Hari Mohan Oration. 2014, Ocutron2014, Amritsar, India.
  • Rayner Medal Lecture. 2014, United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Catarct and Refractive.
  • Dr H Mahashabde Oration and award.  2014, Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India, Kolkata, India.
  • Pioneer's Lecture. 2014, British Contact Lens Association, London, England.
  • MG Bhide Award.  2014, Pune Ophthalmological Society, India.
  • The Sushruta Oration. 2013, International Symposium on Intraocular Surgery, Trivandrum, India.
  • Henry Van Dyk Memorial Lectureship. 2013, Utah Ophthalmological Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • The Rio (Research Institute of Ophthalmology, Cairo) Lecture. 2012, Cairo, Egypt.
  • EuCornea Medal lecture. 2012. 3rd EuCornea Congress, Milan Italy.
  • The Craig Lecture. 2012, University of Belfast Alumni meeting.
  • Fourth Birmingham Eye Foundation Lecture. 2012,  Birmingham and Midlands Eye Hospital.
  • HRH Prince Abdulaziz Ahmad Al Saud Adel Al-Rushood Prevention of Blindness Shield Lecture. 2011, Saudi Ophthalmology, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Sam and Dorah Cohan Gold Medal Lecture. 2011, Ophthalmology Society of South Africa (OSSA). Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • Kersley Lecture. 2011, Medical Contact lens and Ocular surface Association, London, England.
  • EVER (European Association for Vision and Eye Research) Lecture.  2009, Portoroz, Slovenia.
  • Dermot Pierse memorial lecture. 2009, Dublin Ireland.
  • Daljit Singh Oration. 2009, Punjab Ophthalmological society, Amritsar, India.
  • College Lecture. 2008, Sri Lanka College of Ophthalmologists, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Ishwarchandra Oration. 2008, The Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society annual meeting, Nagpur, India.
  • MDA Annual Scientific contribution award. 2007, For outstanding contribution to the betterment of community through science.
  • Duke Elder Lecture. 2005, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK.
  • Ida Mann Lecture. 2003, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. 35th Congress, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Eye Bank Association of India, Lifetime Achievement award and Oration. 2002, Ahmedabad, India.
  • AV Madangopal oration. 2000, 25th Annual conference of the Vidarbha Ophthalmic society, Nagpur, India,





  • Excellence in education award. British Indian Awards. 2019.
  • Sikhs in Profession Award. The Sikh Awards. 2013.
  • British International Doctors Association, Nottingham Division, Achievement award. 2013.
  • Excellence Award. Global Punjabi Society. 2011.
  • Asian Doctor of Eminence, Award. British Asian Trust, Nottingham. 2004.
  • Julia Duane Scholar. Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. 1992.
  • “Group Study Exchange" Rotary Foundation award. Rotary International.  Member of the Group Study Exchange team that visited Rotary district 728, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. from Rotary District 315, India. 1981.
  • "Honorary citizen of Erie". Pennsylvania, U.S.A. by the Mayor of Erie county, 1981

Was chosen as the "Outstanding young person of the year" (1981) in Nagpur city (India) by the Nagpur Jaycees and later as one of the "Ten outstanding young persons" of the state of Maharashtra, India, by the Maharashtra Jaycees of Jaycees International under their "T.O.Y.P" program. 1981-82.

Represented the Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur and the Nagpur University, in several inter-collegiate and inter-university debates and elocution contests. Have been awarded over a hundred prizes, certificates and awards in such contests. including "Orator of the town" award. 1969-1974.