Mr Scott Robbie


Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Specialties at a glance

Mr Scott Robbie is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon specialising in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Specialities Include:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cornea, cataract & refractive surgery
  • Corneal graft – including the latest lamellar (layer-specific) surgery for keratoconus, Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy and other indications
  • Corneal infections, abrasions, and erosions
  • Astigmatism
  • Pterygium
  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal cross-linking
  • Blepharitis
  • Dry eye
  • Ocular allergy and surface inflammatory disease
  • Laser eye surgery

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      About Mr. Robbie

      Mr. Robbie trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital, where he completed higher Fellowship surgical training and worked as a Consultant, before gaining further experience at University of Iowa Hospitals in the United States of America. He joined the team at St. Thomas’ Hospital in 2017 and has performed over 3000 cataract surgeries, refractive lens exchanges and corneal transplantations.

      Scott values the unique opportunities St. Thomas’ affords to collaborate more closely with physician colleagues, particularly those based at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, and colleagues with a shared interest in delivering the highest standards of research and eye care. He is responsible for clinical and surgical training at Fellowship level, Chairs the departmental Quality Improvement Forum at St. Thomas’ and has contributed to a number of national training programmes in corneal surgery.

      Scott has a Postgraduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery, holds the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery and also has a PhD in Genetics from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, where he worked on the first gene therapy trial in the world for an eye condition. As a prestigious National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lecturer at Moorfields, Scott developed gene therapy approaches to corneal neovascularisation and he has since published widely in the field of novel intraocular lens technology, with 42 peer-reviewed publications to date and a number of awards for his work.

      Medicine offers a unique combination of challenges – to care and communicate effectively, to apply learning effectively and to push the boundaries of science to deliver better treatments. These challenges are particularly demanding, and rewarding, in ophthalmology.

      Mr. Robbie feels strongly that responsibility for patients’ sight is a huge privilege; at the same time, the eye is a wonderful thing – structurally and medically complex it continues to pose puzzles for surgeons and researchers alike.

      Ophthalmology also benefits hugely from the work of gifted engineers to fine-tune outcomes down to the nearest micron and afford new insights into the eye’s structure and function. As doctors they do not work in isolation and he is enormously proud of the teams he works with who deliver care for patients – working with talented colleagues and patients is the best part of the job, he believes.

      Mr. Robbie is fortunate to have worked on ground-breaking projects alongside some wonderful surgeons, nurses and scientists. He is very proud of the work undertaken as part of his PhD, to help deliver the first gene therapy for an eye condition and set new benchmarks in our understanding ageing of the eye and how this drives disease.

      Mr. Robbie is also proud of work in the arena of novel intraocular lenses to deliver better cataract surgery outcomes for patients and is particularly proud of the work achieved alongside colleagues at St. Thomas’ to deliver improvements in the care of complex cataract and corneal conditions.

      NHS and Academic Posts

      • Consultant in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Private Healthcare (present)
      • ​Consultant in Cornea & External Disease and Cataract Surgery, Westminster Bridge Consulting Rooms (Outpatients) (present)
      • Consultant in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London (present)
      • Clinical Audit Lead, Department of Ophthalmology, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
      • Visiting Consultant at Department of Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery, University of Iowa (2015)

      Additional Information

      Mr. Robbie has been an invited speaker and moderator at national and international meetings, including major symposia in Europe and the USA. He is also a reviewer for a number of international publications, including the British Journal of Ophthalmology and Eye, and edited the Current Medical Literature series for Ophthalmology.

      A career highlight was being selected as an ophthalmic surgeon to help care for over 2000 athletes from 154 countries in the Athlete’s Village at the London 2012 Olympics.

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