David O'Brart is a consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital, London .
Following his qualification as an Ophthalmic Surgeon in 1990, he trained in corneal and small-incision cataract surgery. He spent two years at the United Medical and Dental Schools, University of London, receiving a Doctorate in Medicine for investigating the role of excimer laser refractive and corneal surgery. Upon completion of his ophthalmic surgical training at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, he undertook a fellowship with Professor Weinreb at the Shiley Eye centre in San Diego, California, where he studied advanced techniques in glaucoma.
Mr. O’Brart is the President Elect of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is a past secretary of the British Society of Refractive Surgeons and past-president and secretary of the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He has organised and chaired over thirty symposia on refractive and corneal surgery and glaucoma at national and international meetings. He has co-authored three books on corneal topography, refractive and corneal surgery and contributed numerous chapters to text books. He is a founding member of the microsurgical skills committee, an examiner and specialist advisor to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Medical Health Research Authority for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals. He continues to take an active interest in research in both the field of refractive and corneal surgery, intraocular lens technology and glaucoma with over ninety scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.