Richard Lee

Richard Lee

NHS secretary: 

Marilyn Gilbert-Campbell

Consultant telephone: 

020 7566 2016

Area(s) of specialism / subspecialism: 

In 2018, Richard was appointed as the Director of Moorfields’ Uveitis & Scleritis service, the largest specialist clinical service of its kind in western medical practice. This followed 7yrs in clinical academic roles linked between Bristol and London, initially as Consultant Senior Lecturer, then as Associate Professor affiliated with NHS appointments at both Moorfields and Bristol Eye Hospitals. In London, he has forged partnerships with St Thomas’ Medical Eye Unit and Great Ormond Street Hospital for the care of both adults and children. He has also driven the creation of multi-professional clinical teams for the management of complex inflammatory eye diseases and is committed to enhancing subspecialist post-graduate training.

In 2020, Richard was additionally appointed as Moorfields’ Clinical Director of Research & Development giving him leadership responsibilities for the strategic development and operational delivery of Moorfields joint research programme with University College London. Together, Moorfields and UCL are the world’s most successful hospital-university partnership for ophthalmology, covering the spectrum of experimental medicine to late-stage clinical and surgical trials, ocular imaging, visual assessment, data science and artificial intelligence. As such, Richard aims to harness the strengths of Moorfields’ global leaders in vision research across academia and in collaboration with industry to achieve major international impact and improve the lives of patients living with the threat and reality of sight loss.

Year of first medical qualification: 


Location of initial medical training: 

University of Nottingham

Further key experience: 

Richard initiated his research programme at the University of Bristol in 2006 and went on to lead a Bristol University-based laboratory employing scientists and training students to make new discoveries and improve treatments for a range of diseases involving the immune system. From 2012 to 2018 this was formally partnered with the US National Eye Institute’s intramural Laboratory of Immunology to create a joint UK-US consortium for Human Ocular Immunology. He has published >100 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, received personal research grant awards valued at >£5m, given >50 invited lectures and holds patents for novel therapies and diagnostics.

As a passionate advocate for team science he has also contributed to institutional grant awards worth >£80m and since moving full-time to London he continues to contribute to new ventures in inflammation research across Moorfields and UCL. Richard also actively participates in the leadership of international vision research organisations, as well as regularly contributing his time and expertise in support of a range of medical and eye charities. 

Date joined Moorfields: 


Membership of professional /national/regional bodies: 

  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies
  • International Ocular Inflammation Society
  • British Society for Immunology
  • Royal College of Surgeons

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

  • Clinical Director, Research & Development, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2020 onwards
  • Consultant Ophthalmologist & Director, Uveitis & Scleritis Service, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2018 onwards (Co-Director with Carlos Pavesio since 2021)
  • Professor of Translational Immunology, University College London, 2022 onwards

Key contacts

Uveitis & Scleritis service:

Marilyn Gilbert-Campbell (Medical Secretary) 020 7566 2016

Hazel Lawrence (Medical Secretary) 020 7566 2016

Research & Development:

Jaki Parkin (Research Administrator) 020 7566 2818

Richard Lee | UCL Institute of Ophthalmology - UCL – University College London