Omar Mahroo

Consultant ophthalmologist


Omar Mahroo has been a consultant ophthalmologist (eye) at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 2016. He cares for people with retinal disease.

Omar became an academic clinical lecturer in ophthalmology at Guy's and St Thomas' in 2011 and set up a retinal electrophysiology research laboratory. 

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

Education and training

  • Retinal fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Fellowship of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, 2012
  • Ophthalmology training, London Deanery
  • Post-doctoral research, University of Cambridge and the Australian National University
  • PhD in retinal electrophysiology, 2004
  • Medical degree, University of Cambridge, 2002

Research interests

  • Retinal electrophysiology to investigate normal and abnormal retinal function, including in inherited retinal disease, neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions


  • Award for excellence in teaching, University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, 2020
  • Award for patient and public engagement, 2020, National Institute for Health and Care Research Moorfields biomedical research centre
  • 'Rising Star of the Year' award, Macular Society, 2019

Research grants

  • Moorfields Eye Charity, 2019
  • Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship Stage 2, Wellcome Trust, 2017
  • Small grant, Fight for Sight and Thomas Pocklington Trust, 2016
  • Small grant, Fight for Sight and Birdshot Uveitis Society, 2014
  • New lecturers grant, Fight for Sight, 2012

International meeting prize

  • Prize for best paper, European Vision and Eye Research, 2011

Trainee prizes 

  • Best paper prize, King's College London, 2015
  • Best refractive paper, United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, 2014
  • Poster prize, King's College London, 2014
  • Poster prizes, Royal Society of Medicine, 2008 and 2013

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

  • Clinical scholarship, 1999
  • Walter Myers exhibition for medicine, 1999
  • Senior scholarship, 1998
  • Scholarship, 1997


Omar has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and 4 book chapters.

Omar Mahroo's journal publications on PubMed.

Last updated: March 2023

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