Professor John Dart

John Dart

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2320

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

Cataract and corneal transplant surgery
External eye diseases 

Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

Pre-clinical at Trinity College, Cambridge University. Clinical at the Oxford University Medical School

Further key experience: 

Fellowships in ocular infection, corneal and external diseases at the Cullen Eye Institute, Houston (Dr Dan B Jones) and at Flinders University, Adelaide (Prof Doug Coster) 1983/84
Lecturer in ophthalmology at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital from 1984-1989

Date joined Moorfields: 

1987 as an Honorary Consultant and 1989 with a substantive Consultant post

Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
British Medical Association (BMA)
European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER)
International Ocular Surface Society (IOSS)
KPro (keratoprosthesis) society
Oxford ophthalmological congress (master 2009-2011)
Medical contact lens and ocular surface association (MCLOSA)
New Zealand Contact Lens Society
Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS)

Current NHS/university posts, whether full/part time, and starting year: 

Consultant ophthalmologist (corneal and external disease service) at Moorfields (maximum part-time) since 1989
Honorary reader in ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, since 2008

Other professional achievements: 

Additional appointments:
Deputy director of research at Moorfields Eye Hospital since December 2000
Chairman of the infection control committee since 1997
Member, drugs and therapeutics committee since 2004

Previous appointments:
Medical assessor (General Medical Council, Professional Performance Procedures) 1998 - 2005
Corneal and external disease service research lead 1991-2008
Editorial board, British Journal of Ophthalmology 1998-2004
Member, study leave committee 1989-2004.
Member, joint strategy and policy development group (Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields) 2000 - 2003

Named lectures:
Distinguished visiting lecture at the Contact Lens Association annual meeting, Las Vegas 1995
Gerald Dunn memorial lecture, 1996
British Contact Lens Association gold medal presentation lecture, 1998
Ridley memorial lecture, 2000
Middlemore lecture, Birmingham and Midland Ophthalmological Society, 2002
Alta lecture, Proctor Foundation University of California San Francisco, 2003
Ida Mann lecture, University of Oxford 2005
Norman Galloway Lecture, University of Nottingham 2006
International Ocular Surface Society guest lecture, Fort Lauderdale 2006
Brian Harcourt lecture, Leeds, 2008.

Visiting professorships:
University of Melbourne, September 1996
Australia and New Zealand College, March 2001
Chang Gung Hospitals Taiwan 2001
Harvard University 2002
Proctor Foundation UCSF 2003

Research interests: 

John has active programmes of research into ocular infections (principally keratitis) and inflammatory diseases of the anterior segment (particularly mucous membrane pemphigoid and allergic eye disease). These studies utilize epidemiological, clinical and laboratory techniques and I currently have a research optometrist and a PhD student in my research group working in these fields.
In addition, he supervises clinical research into corneal transplant surgery and ocular surface disease with several of the junior staff and colleagues at Moorfields and with other collaborators.
More than 200 publications (150 peer reviewed) including 18 chapters and one book have resulted from this work

Languages spoken: 


Any other personal interests/background information that may be relevant: 

Married with three children. First degree was in Zoology (Christ Church, Oxford University 1971). Doctorate (Doctor of Medicine) was from Oxford University in 1992.