Dr Meena Arunakirinathan MB BCh BSc

Course Director

Specialty Trainee in Ophthalmology
Imperial College London

Meena graduated in Medicine in 2012 with honours, with a first class intercalated honours degree in Pathology, funded by the Royal College of Physicians. Her undergraduate research investigated Fronto-temporal Lobar Degeneration with Alzheimers Research UK, funded by the prestigious Wolfson Award. She has a strong interest in Medical Education, and pioneered the implementation of NHS Evidence into the medical curriculum. NICE recognised her efforts by making her a NICE Student Ambassador for 2010-2012.  

Meena was ranked top ten in Pan-London Academic Foundation Programme selection, taking up her first choice job with Professor Lord Ara Darzi in the Academic Surgical Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London. Prior to commencing Academic Foundation Training she completed a sub-internship in Ophthalmology and General Surgery at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Her research focus now lies in Surgical Simulation and Robotics and its role in Core Surgical Training and Ophthalmology. Her research in Medical Education and Neuro-Ophthalmology has resulted in International presentations and peer-reviewed publications. 

She has previously been a PBL tutor, and is currently Clinical Tutor and Mentor for Imperial College London, and lectures at Academic Careers and Ophthalmology Events for University College London and Barts and The London. Recently she founded the North West Thames Mock PACES Course for Medical and Surgical Finals open to students from across the London Medical Schools. She has been involved with Academic Frontiers since 2011 and was more recently made Associate Director and Course Organiser.