Professor Simon Taylor

Name: Professor Simon Taylor
Job title: Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Joint Clinical Lead

Department: Ophthalmology

GMC number: 4476946

Qualifications: MA MB BChir (Cantab) PhD DIC (Imperial) PGDipMEd FRSB CBiol FHEA  FAcMedEd FRCOphth

Special interests:

Retinal disease




Clinical nurse specialist: Research Sister: Katherine Atkins
Tel: 01483 571122 ext. 2157;

Practice locations: Royal Surrey County Hospital

Private Practice: Guildford Nuffield

Medical secretary:

(NHS)Mrs Caryn Blackman
Tel: 01483 571122 ext. 4585, Mon to Fri 08.00 – 16.00;

(Private)Mrs Anne Strudwick
Tel: 01483 533118;

I am the Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Surrey and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, as well as at St. Mary’s Hospital, London.  I treat patients with many ophthalmic problems, but have a particular interest in diseases of the retina and in surgery for cataract and glaucoma.  I have an international reputation in the treatment of retinal and inflammatory ocular diseases and have published over 100 papers and lectured widely on these subjects.


Special interests

Routine and complex cataract surgery, including toric lenses and the management of astigmatism

Cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease or glaucoma, including in patients with low vision

Retinal disease and its treatment, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion

Glaucoma surgery, including trabeculectomy, tube surgery and microincisional glaucoma surgery

Uveitis (both anterior and posterior segment disease in adults and children)


Training and current roles

I took a first in medicine at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge before training as an ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.  My research training was at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and I received a PhD from Imperial College London in 2009.  I completed my ophthalmology training as a Clinical Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, having completed Fellowship training at both Moorfields and Harvard Medical School.


I was accredited onto the Specialist Register as an ophthalmologist in September 2011 and was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in the December of that year.  I was appointed joint Clinical Lead for Ophthalmology and Director of R&D for the Trust in 2014, and Professor of Ophthalmology in 2015.   I run an extensive research programme of clinical trials and laboratory research supported by the National Institute of Health Research and other grant-awarding bodies.


Professional memberships

Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Fellow, Royal Society of Biology

Faculty Member, UK National Institute of Health Research

Faculty Member, Retina Subspecialty, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Member, International Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons

Member, European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons

Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Member, European Retina Society

Member, British Society of Immunology

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