Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Louisa Wickham to the post of medical director.
Louisa, who is currently a consultant ophthalmologist and clinical director at Moorfields, will take up the pivotal role this year following a rigorous recruitment process.
Louisa joined Moorfields as a consultant in vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina in 2009 and was appointed joint clinical director of Moorfields South in 2012. She has published widely on the subject of retinal disease and is currently involved in a number of clinical research projects at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Louisa has played a critical role in Moorfields’ response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – including leading Moorfields first cataract drive which quadrupled the number of operations in a week in September 2020.
Speaking about her appointment, Louisa Wickham said: “It is a huge privilege to take on such an exciting role here at Moorfields, an organisation which has been a huge part of my professional life. As we continue to deliver world-leading eye care against the backdrop of the pandemic, I am committed to making sure our patients get the expert care and treatment they need.”
The search for a new medical director began in response to outgoing medical director Nick Strouthidis, stepping down after two years to focus on his clinical practice. Nick will remain with Moorfields as a consultant ophthalmologist in the glaucoma service.
David Probert, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Hospital, added: “I am delighted that Louisa will be stepping up as our new medical director. As well as being a widely respected clinician, she has demonstrated a tremendous range of leadership skills in response to the pandemic, including innovating at pace to increase the care available to our patients in the face of the current complexities and challenges. Nick is keen to refocus his energies back to his clinical practice and academic work at Moorfields and I am very pleased we have been able to retain his talents within Moorfields.”
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