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Professor Robert Scott


Consultant Ophthalmologist

Specialty: Ophthalmology

Location: London

Professional Profile

Professor Robert Scott is a consultant ophthalmologist with subspecialist clinical interests in retinal disease and ocular trauma. He qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1987 and specialised in ophthalmology at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He attained dual Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1993. He served for 26 years in the Royal Air Force and as the lead military consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham for 15 years where he treated the soldiers with eye injuries brought back to the UK from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During this time, he has served as the Royal Air Force and Defence Medical Services Consultant Adviser in Ophthalmology. His work with artificial vision for the war-blinded was featured on the acclaimed BBC documentary ‘Frontline Medicine’.

His Doctorate in Medicine was from the University of Nottingham and he is widely published in the scientific press co-authoring around 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is a co-inventor of the Cell Penetrating Peptide and has worked to develop its use as a platform to deliver new generation medicines to the eye.

He was honoured to be elected as President of the Midland Ophthalmological Society in 2008, appointed as the Defence Medical Services and Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professor of Ophthalmology in 2012, then honorary Professor of Ophthalmology by the University of Birmingham in 2014. He was named as a Times newspaper top UK surgeon for all specialties in 2011 and awarded the Lady Cade Medal for research by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014.

On retiring from the RAF, he served as medical director for Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai, where he helped build a new eye hospital in Abu Dhabi. Returning to the UK in 2017 he helped the expansion of the NHS cataract provider SpaMedica Ltd, from 6 to 10 hospitals and performed over 3,000 cataract and retinal procedures with them. He recently returned to London and has established his private practice at 25 Harley Street with the Phoenix Hospital Group.

Specialises In

Cataract surgery
Multifocal and toric intraocular lenses
Retinal surgery
Eye trauma surgery
Medical retina
Aviation ophthalmology
General ophthalmology
Medicolegal reports

Professional Memberships

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Independent Doctors Federation

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