Omar Mahroo


Consultant ophthalmologist


Omar Mahroo completed his medical degree and PhD in retinal electrophysiology at the University of Cambridge (1996 to 2004).

He completed post-doctoral research at Cambridge and the Australian National University, before starting clinical house jobs in the Cambridge area. He then completed ophthalmology training in the London Deanery, becoming Fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) in 2012, and completed his training in 2015.

Omar became an academic clinical lecturer in ophthalmology at St Thomas' Hospital in 2011, and set up a retinal electrophysiology research laboratory. He completed a retinal fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and now works as a consultant ophthalmologist at St Thomas' Hospital and at Moorfields (since 2016), managing patients with retinal disease.

He is professor of retinal neuroscience at University College London (UCL), and conducts research at UCL and at King's College London.

Research interests

  • Retinal electrophysiology to investigate normal and abnormal retinal function (including in inherited retinal disease, and neurological/neuropsychiatric conditions)
  • Funding awards from the Wellcome Trust, Fight for Sight, Birdshot Uveitis Society and Thomas Pocklington Trust


  • UCL Institute of Ophthalmology award for excellence in teaching (2020)
  • NIHR Moorfields BRC award for patient and public engagement (2020)
  • Macular Society 'Rising Star of the Year' award (2019)

Research grants: 

  • Moorfields Eye Charity (2019)
  • Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Stage 2 (2017-2022)
  • Fight for Sight/Thomas Pocklington Trust Small Grant (2016)
  • Fight for Sight/Birdshot Uveitis Society Small Grant (2014)
  • Fight for Sight New Lecturers Grant (2012).

International meeting prize:

  • European Vision and Eye Research prize for best paper, 2011.

Trainee prizes: 

  • UKISCRS best refractive paper (2014)
  • Royal Society of Medicine poster prizes (2013; 2008)
  • King's College London ACL best paper prize (2015)
  • King's College London ACL poster prize (2014).

University Prizes (University of Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College): 

  • Scholarship (1997)
  • Senior scholarship (1998)
  • Clinical scholarship (1999)
  • Walter Myers Exhibition for Medicine (1999). 


Omar has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and 4 book chapters. View Omar Mahroo's journal publications on PubMed.

Last updated: June 2022

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