Professor Robert Maclaren

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

Cataract surgery
Diabetic retinopathy
Macular degeneration
Macular hole surgery
Retinal surgery

Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

University of Edinburgh (Wallace Prize recipient), with further undergraduate ophthalmology elective training at Yale University and PhD on retinal regeneration at the University of Oxford

Further key experience: 

Chief resident, Moorfields Eye Hospital 2001-03
Fellow in vitreoretinal surgery, Moorfields 2003-04
Research fellow in medical retina, Moorfields 2004-05

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

Fellow and former King James IV Professor of Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Member of the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons
Research committee member of the European Retina Society
Former member of council and director of the British Medical Association

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

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford (2009)
Honorary Professor of Ophthalmology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (2009)
Consultant ophthalmologist, Oxford Eye Hospital (2009)
Honorary consultant vitreoretinal surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital (2006)
Honorary consultant ophthalmologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (2007)
Faculty member and founding theme leader of the Moorfields-UCL Ophthalmology Biomedical Research Centre
Sir Thomas Bodley fellow of Merton College, Oxford

Research interests: 

Intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery
Retinitis pigmentosa
Retinal diseases
Age-related macular degeneration
Stem cells
Gene therapy
Genetic screening
Electronic retinal implant surgery

Languages spoken: 


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

Former army medical officer with 1st Mechanised Brigade (active service in Yugoslavia), former surgeon major to the Honourable Artillery Company and (locum) surgeon major to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Hyde Park, London (familiar with PULHHEEMS gradings). Lecturer on the visual perception of art (Barbican Lecture Series) - “Why neurons prefer Vincent van Gogh to Yves Klein”.

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