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Internationally Renowned Expert in Ophthalmic Surgery Comes to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the UPMC Eye Center

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 2, 2011 – Kanwal ‘Ken’ Nischal, FRCOphth, a pioneer in ophthalmic surgery, is the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the UPMC Eye Center.

Under Dr. Nischals’ leadership and guidance, physicians in the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, as part of the UPMC Eye Center, will provide examination, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of ocular, eye movement, and vision system disorders in neonates, infants, and children.

Dr. Nischal comes to Pittsburgh from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, where he was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon. He has over 20 years of experience in the field and his expertise is internationally renowned. He is viewed as one of the world’s foremost children’s eye specialists.  

“As the new division chief, I look forward to expanding world class ophthalmology care and cutting edge pediatric research to Children’s Hospital,” said Nischal. “We will continue to strategically develop new and innovative ways to provide the finest vision and eye care for our pediatric patients.”

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Nischal to the UPMC Eye Center as the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology,” said Joel S. Schuman, M.D., director of the UPMC Eye Center. “He comes to us from the United Kingdom with over 20 years of experience in the field of ophthalmology and is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost ophthalmic surgeons. His expertise and pioneering ophthalmic surgery are internationally renowned.”

Dr. Nischal’s clinical expertise includes ophthalmic surgery, including cataract and strabismus surgery. He also looks at ocular surface disease, including blepharitis and dry eye syndromes.  

Dr. Nischal is a graduate of King's College Hospital Medical School at the University of London in the United Kingdom. He completed his senior registration rotation in ophthalmology at Oxford Eye Hospital and his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. 

For more information about Dr. Nischal and the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, please visit

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