Obaid Kousha

Obaid Kousha


  • KY16 9TF

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

Dr Obaid Kousha is a Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS) clinical lecturer in the Infection and Global Health Division of the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews. Dr Kousha is also an ophthalmology speciality trainee working in NHS Tayside and NHS Fife.

Dr Kousha studied Medicine at St John’s College, University of Oxford, intercalating with a BA in Neuroscience. After completing medical school, he worked as a foundation doctor in Devon and Cornwall before working as a junior research fellow in ophthalmology at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. As a junior research fellow, his responsibilities included assessing and recruiting patients for clinical trials in the medical retina while ensuring the smooth running of the day-to-day business of clinical trials. This was a gateway for a career in ophthalmology and he started his ophthalmology speciality training in NHS Tayside and NHS Fife. During this period, Dr Kousha started working with Dr Andrew Blaikie in Global Health Division.

In his current capacity, Dr Kousha is involved in the supervision and teaching of undergraduate medical students. Dr Kousha’s main research interest is in the development and validation of low-cost ophthalmic devices designed for use in low resource settings. In particular, his work includes finding ways of diagnosing and managing diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity using frugal devices.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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