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Professor David O’Brart

Professor David O’Brart

MB, BS, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth, DO RefCert (RCOphth)

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon and professor of corneal science

Since 1996, Professor David O’Brart has been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon in private practice and at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London.

He is the director of refractive, cornea and anterior segment surgery and cataract surgery in the ophthalmology department. He was appointed as an honorary professor of corneal science at King’s College, University of London in 2015.

David is a past president and treasurer of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Also, a past council member and secretary of the British Society of Refractive Surgeons, past-president and secretary of the Southern Ophthalmological Society and a co-opted board member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

He has organised and chaired more than 60 symposia on refractive, corneal and cataract surgery and glaucoma at national and international meetings. He was a founding member of the microsurgical skills committee and is an examiner and specialist advisor to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Medical Health Research Authority for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

David has co-authored three books on corneal topography, refractive and corneal surgery. He has contributed numerous chapters to international ophthalmic text books and has over one hundred scientific publications in peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals.

Special interests

Cornea, cataract, external eye disease, refractive surgery, glaucoma


  • Cornea
  • Cataract refractive surgery
  • Anterior segment of the eye


  • 1990: Qualification as an ophthalmic surgeon
  • Training in corneal and small-incision cataract surgery
  • Two years at the United Medical and Dental Schools, University of London, investigating the role of excimer laser refractive and corneal surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgical training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  • Fellowship with Professor Weinreb at the internationally renowned Shiley Eye centre in San Diego, California, where he studied advanced techniques in glaucoma

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Specialist Registration General Medical Council (GMC)