Alistair Laidlaw


Consultant vitreo retinal surgeon


Alistair Laidlaw is one of three consultant vitreo retinal (VR) surgeons at St Thomas' Hospital. 

The VR team provides a comprehensive hub and spoke VR service via links with The Maidstone Hospital Kent, Frimley Park Hospital and Queen Mary Hospital Sidcup. 

Alistair has been president and honorary secretary of the British and Eire Association of Vitreo Retinal Surgeons. He is active in both research and training with a specialist interest in surgery for complications of diabetic retinopathy. 

He has lead the introduction of Electronic Medical Records at St Thomas' Hospital and is involved in the development of The OpenEyes EMR. He also develops vision measurement software. 

Education and training

  • Newcastle University Medical School, 1980 - 1985
  • Newcastle 1985 - 1989: House Officer and Senior House Officer (SHO); anatomy demonstrator, 1987
  • Bristol Eye Hospital, 1989 - 1995: SHO and registrar training, research lecturer leading to MD Higher Degree
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital, 1995 - 1998: Senior registrar and vitreo retinal fellow
  • St Thomas' Hospital and Maidstone Hospital: Consultant vitreo retinal surgeon, 1998 - present day    

Research interests

  • Surgery for diabetic macular oedema
  • clinical vision measurement.

Last updated: April 2022

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