Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson is a man with short grey hair

Consultant ophthalmologist


Professor Tom Williamson is a vitreoretinal surgeon at St Thomas Hospital, London. He has a wide experience of surgical interventions for retinal disease with 500 operations performed under his care annually.

His research interests have included artificial intelligence detection of retinal disease, investigation and design of new surgical methods, application of technology in clinical care and psychophysical tests in clinical retinal assessment. He has published four books and his text Vitreoretinal Surgery (Springer) is the premier manual for training in vitreoretinal surgery internationally.

He has over 190 publications on clinical topics in vitreoretinal surgery and ophthalmology with research interests in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Tom has established Eyehope charity and volunteers for Fight for Sight and the World Sight Foundation. He has had many leadership roles including Ophthalmology Training Program Director in London, and Director of Consultants Eye Surgeons Partnership South London and the London Claremont Clinic. He is a past President of the British and Eire Vitreoretinal Society and holds a Visiting Professorship in Engineering and Biological Sciences at The University of Surrey.

Education and training

Tom Williamson graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1984 and trained in ophthalmology in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Cambridge and London.

He has had many training leadership positions and was ophthalmology training program director in south London for 5 years. He examines for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Research interests

Tom performs investigations to determine ways of maximizing success rates and reducing complication rates of complex surgery and he is in demand as a international lecturer on this subject. He has also applied computational modeling systems in the investigation of diagnosis and surgical management of the retina. 

Tom set up and directed the Eyehope charity for five years and performs duties for Fight for Sight and the World Sight Foundation.


  • North of England ophthalmological society medal, 2012

  • Visiting professor University of Hong Kong

  • Faculty member of numerous international meetings
  • Committee member of Vail Vitrectomy

Last updated: April 2022

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