David Spalton is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and is Honorary Consultant to the Royal Hospital Chelsea (the Chelsea Pensioners) and King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers, London. He is also the Civilian Advisor in Ophthalmology to the Metropolitan Police.
He qualified at Westminster Medical School, London, where he won the Undergraduate Prize for Ophthalmology. He progressed to do his ophthalmic training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Following this, he did a Fellowship in uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology at St Thomas’ Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London. He was appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital in 1980, and then moved back to St Thomas’ Hospital in 1983, being Clinical Director of Ophthalmology from 1990-2000. He has Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
He is known internationally for his interest in cataract surgery, uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology. At St Thomas’ Hospital, he runs the largest research group on cataract surgery in the United Kingdom. The research is focused on posterior capsular opacification, intraocular lens design and biocompatibility. He has published over 130 papers in academic journals, and his book, An Atlas of Clinical Ophthalmology, won the prize for the best medical textbook of the year when it was published in 1985. It is now in its third edition and is published in seven languages, being one of the five most widely read ophthalmic textbooks worldwide.