Omar Mahroo

Omar Mahroo is a man with short black hair and a black beard

Consultant ophthalmologist


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

He undertook post-doctoral research at Cambridge and the Australian National University, before commencing 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 was appointed 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 conducts research in retinal electrophysiology at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and at King’s College London, where he is honorary clinical senior lecturer.

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.


  • 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). 


Mr Omar Mahroo has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and two book chapters. View Omar Mahroo's journal publications on PubMed.

Last updated: November 2019

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