Wing Commander Professor Robert AH Scott MBBS, FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth, DM

Robert Scott

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Contact details

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • Postgraduate Doctor of Medicine, Nottingham 2005
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, 1993
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1993
  • MBBS, St Thomas’s Hospital London 1987 


Micro-incision cataract surgery

Professor Robert Scott qualified from St Thomas’ Hospital in London and specialised in ophthalmology at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He attained dual Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1993. He is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham and has helped treat the soldiers with eye injuries brought back to the UK from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His work with artificial vision for the war-blinded was featured on the acclaimed BBC documentary ‘Frontline Medicine’.

He was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Nottingham and was elected as President of the Midland Ophthalmological Society in 1998. He is widely published in the scientific press. He was appointed as the Defence Medical Services and Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professor of Ophthalmology in 2012 and now works for the National Institute of Health Research Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology.

Other activities

  • 2012; Defence Medical Services and Royal College of Ophthalmologists Professor of Ophthalmology This personal chair of ophthalmology was granted in recognition for my research in military ophthalmology
  • 2001-11; RAF Consultant Adviser in Ophthalmology. This post was roughly equivalent to a clinical lead post. I advised the RAF on aviation related ophthalmology and aircrew with eye problems. I organise the ophthalmic teaching on the Diploma of Aviation Medicine course at Kings College, London. I was a member of the National military medical Standards committee that is responsible for medical governance in Military aviation.
  • 2005-11; Defence Consultant Adviser in Ophthalmology. This was roughly equivalent to a Divisional Director post. I lead the specialty over the time of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and organised an innovative and effective ophthalmology service for our soldiers. I was the Training Program Director for military ophthalmologists and sat on the RCOphth ophthalmic training committee. I grew the specialty from 3 to 9 consultants in 5 years. I created primary care military ophthalmic and optometry clinics in Lincolnshire, and overseas in Cyprus, and Gibraltar. I wrote the military policy on refractive surgery, colour vision standards and eye protection.
  • 2008-9; President of the Midlands Ophthalmological Society. The society provides regular educational events for local ophthalmologists. I worked as the secretary for four years before that.
  • 2011-12; Divisional Clinical governance lead for Ophthalmology. I have helped introduce an electronic paper record to BMEC that will make patient interactions safer and more efficient.
  • 2005-date; MoD Research Ethics Committee. This scrutinises all clinical research projects related to Personal Protection and Equipment, involving Armed Services personnel.


F Musa, R Tailor, A Gao, E Hutley, S Rauz, R A H Scott. Contact lens-related microbial keratitis in deployed British military personnel. Br J Ophthalmol 2010;94(8):988-993.

Blanch RJ, Scott RA. Refractive errors in the UK Armed Forces. JRAMC 2010, 156(3):212

Scott RA. The injured eye. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 2011;366:251-260

Blanch RJ Bindra MS, Jacks AS. Scott RAH. Ophthalmic Injuries in British Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan Eye 2011;25:218-223

Mitra A, Edmunds MR, Walji N, Fernando IN, Scott RA, Good P. Reversible branch retinal artery occlusion following intravenous cisplatin chemotherapy for cervical carcinoma. Int Ophthalmol. 2011 Oct;31(5):429-432

Blanch RJ, Ahmed Z, Berry M, Scott RA, Logan A. Animal models of retinal injury. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012;53:2913-2920

Williams H, Bateman DN, Thomas SHL, Thompson JP, Scott RAH, Vale JA. Exposure to liquid detergent capsules: A study undertaken by the UK National Poisons Information Service. Clinical Toxicology 2012;50(8):776-780

Blanch RJ, Ahmed Z, Sik A, Snead DR, Good PA, O'Neill J, Berry M, Scott RA, Logan A. Neuroretinal cell death in a murine model of closed globe injury; pathological and functional characterisation. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Oct 17;53(11):7220-7226