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Professor Tom H Williamson

Professor Tom H Williamson

MD MBChB, FRCS(Glas), FRCOphth

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreoretinal Specialist

Professor Tom H Williamson is a vitreoretinal surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’. He has a wide experience of surgical interventions for retinal disease, with 500 operations performed under his care annually.

Tom has the largest single surgeon dataset of vitreoretinal procedures internationally (with over 15,000 operations over 24 years) and over 200 publications on clinical topics in vitreoretinal surgery and ophthalmology, making him one of the world leading consultants.

Tom has published 6 books and his text ‘Vitreoretinal Surgery’ is the premier manual for training world wide. He is in demand as an international lecturer on this subject, and has had many leadership roles including ophthalmology training program director in London, and director of Consultants Eye Surgeons Partnership, South London and the London Claremont Clinic. Tom was President of the British and Eire Vitreoretinal Society. He holds a visiting professorship in engineering and biological sciences at The University of Surrey.

Tom’s charitable duties include setting up and directing the Eyehope charity for 5 years and performing duties for Fight for Sight and the World Sight Foundation.

Special interests

Tom performs investigations to determine ways of maximizing success rates and reducing complication rates of complex surgery and he is in demand as an international lecturer on this subject. He has also applied computational modeling systems in the investigation of diagnosis and surgical management of the retina.

His research interests have included use of artificial intelligence for diagnosis of retinal disease, investigation and design of new surgical methods, application of technology in clinical care and psychophysical tests in clinical retinal assessment.


  • Vitreoretinal disorders
  • Retinal detachment
  • Macular hole
  • Epiretinal membrane
  • Complications of diabetic retinopathy
  • Severe ocular trauma
  • Complications of anterior segment surgery
  • Surgical management of uveitis
  • Cataract surgery


Tom Williamson graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1984 and trained in ophthalmology in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Cambridge and London.

He has had many training leadership positions and is currently President of the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Specialist Registration General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Member of the American Retinal Society