Professor David Spalton

About David Spalton

Professor David Spalton is known internationally for his interest, knowledge and skills in the fields of cataract surgery, uvetis and neuro-ophthalmology. He trained in Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital and holds Fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Professor Spalton completed Fellowships in uveitis, medical and neuro-ophthalmology at St Thomas' Hospital and the Hospital for Neuroology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London. In 1981 he was appointed Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Charing Cross Hospital and in 1983 moved to St Thomas' Hospital where he established a special interest in cataract surgery, complex cataract surgery and intracular lens (IOL) design. In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Ophthalmology at King's College, London in recognition of his research work.

Professor Spalton was a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at St Thomas' Hospital until 2012 when he moved into private practise and now has Emeritus Consultant status. He was Honorary Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 1985 -2012 and is on the staff of King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers, London. He is Civilian Advisor to the Metropolitan Police in Ophthalmology and the Ophthalmic Advisor to the Motor Sports Association. He has published over 170 scientific papers and his book, An Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology, won the prize for the Best Medical Textbook of the year 1984 for the 1st edition and 2005 for the 3rd edition, a unique feat in medical publishing. It is now translated in 10 languages and was voted on of the 100 most important ophthalmic textbooks of the 20th century by Archives of Ophthalmology. 

 

In 2011 he gave the Ridley Medal Lecure at Trends in Ophthalmology and has also received an NHS Gold ACCEA award for his NHS work. He is well known internationally as a teacher and lecturer on cataract surgery. He has published over 170 scientific papers and his book, An Atals of Clinical Ophthalmology, won the prize for the Best Medical Textbook of the year 1984 for the 1st edition and 2005 for the 3rd edition, a unique feat in medical publishing. It is now translated in 10 languages and was voted on of the 100 most important ophthalmic textbooks of the 20th century by Archives of Ophthalmology. In 2011 he gave the Ridley Medal Lecure at Trends in Ophthalmology and has also received an NHS Gold ACCEA award for his NHS work. He is well known internationally as a teacher and lecturer on cataract surgery.

Professor Spalton is a former Past President of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has given both their Choyce Medal and Rayner Medal Lectures and holds both their Gold Achievement Award and Life TIme Achievement awards. He is Past President of the European Society for Catarct and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) and gave the Ridley Lecture, the highest award of the Society, in recognition of his research on intraocular lens design in 2010. He remains an ESCRS Board Member.

He is a Trustee for Fight for Sight, the vision research charity, a Trustee of the Elizabeth Frankland Moore and Star Foundation and a special adviser to the Ridely Foundation. He is a consultant to a number of ophthalmic device and ophthalmic biotech companies.

Professional memberships

  • Fellowships of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, The Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons
  • United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS)
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ECRS)
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • International Intraocular Club (IIIC)