Omar Mahroo

NHS secretary: 

Marilyn Gilbert-Campbell

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2016

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

  • Inherited retinal disease
  • Medical retina

Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

University of Cambridge

Further key experience: 

  • BA Hons Medical Sciences (first class awarded every year), University of Cambridge 1996-1999
  • Honorary MA, University of Cambridge, 2003
  • PhD (retinal physiology; supervisors, TD Lamb FRS and the late RHS Carpenter), University of Cambridge, 2001-2004
  • Clerkship (general medicine, oncology, surgery), Yale University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Post-Doctoral research scientist, Australian National University, 2004
  • Academic clinical lecturer, King’s College London (St Thomas’ Hospital), 2011-2014
  • FRCOphth 2012
  • Post-Graduate certificate in academic practice for Higher Education, 2013
  • Medical retina fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital, 2014-2016

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

  • General medical council (specialist register)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of quality review group, Moorfields Eye Hospital
  • Member of UK Eye genetics group
  • Member of International Society for the Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV) and British Society for the Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (BRISCEV)
  • Member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Trustee of Duke Elder Fund

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

  • Associate Professor, University College London (since 2018)
  • Retinal Disorders module coordinator and examiner for MSc clinical ophthalmology, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (since 2018)
  • Wellcome clinician scientist, University College London (since 2017)
  • Honorary consultant ophthalmologist, St Thomas’ Hospital (since 2017)
  • Honorary senior lecturer, King’s College London (since 2017)
  • Clinical ophthalmologist lead for electrophysiology, Moorfields Eye Hospital (since 2016)
  • Research Affiliate, University of Cambridge (since 2005)
  • Research Supervisor (for undergraduates at University of Cambridge since 2003; MSc students at KCL since 2012; PhD students since 2014)

Other professional achievements: 

  • 2019: “Rising Star of the Year” Award from Macular Society (UK).
  • 2019: Invited Clinical expert for NICE scientific advisory panel
  • 2019: Research grants from Moorfields Eye Charity
  • 2018: Elected member of US-based Macula Society.
  • 2017: Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Award from Wellcome trust (£1.1 million)
  • 2016: Research grant from Fight for Sight and Thomas Pocklington trust
  • 2015: King’s College London ACL best paper prize
  • 2014: Research grant from Fight for Sight and Birdshot Uveitis Society
  • 2014: King’s College London ACL poster prize
  • 2014: UKISCRS best refractive paper
  • 2013: Royal Society of medicine ophthalmic trainees’ meeting poster prize
  • 2012: Research grant from Fight for Sight
  • 2011: European Vision and Eye Research (EVER) section prize for best paper
  • 2008: Royal Society of Medicine ophthalmic trainees’ meeting poster prize
  • 1999: University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College – clinical scholarship and Walter Myers Exhibition for medicine
  • 1998: University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College – senior scholarship
  • 1997: University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College –scholarship
  • Since 2013: multiple invited lectures at local, national and international meetings

Research interests: 

  • Application of retinal electrophysiology to understand inherited retinal diseases, mechanisms of myopia development and retinal impairment in neurological diseases.
  • Chief Investigator for multi-centre portfolio study, “recording retinal responses in health and disease”.
  • PI for research study, “ocular phenotype of Alport syndrome”.
  • >60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters.

Languages spoken: 

  • English