Consultant Profile

Mr Rupert Bourne

Mr Rupert Bourne BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCOphth MD
Practicing at:
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Cataract surgery
    • Corneal and external eye disease
    • Glaucoma treatment
Special clinical interests:
All forms of glaucoma treatment that includes medical treatment but also surgical treatment of glaucoma (trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implants). Cataract surgery and corneal and external disease. Interest in preventive ophthalmology and screening for disease in the community.
Research interests:
Detection and epidemiology of glaucoma
Glaucoma progression
Launching community glaucoma scheme with involvement of optometrists and GPs
Co-ordinator of several national population-based surveys of eye disease
Current NHS and /or university posts:
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Head of Glaucoma Service, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Honorary), Addenbrooke’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge
Senior Lecturer (Honorary), International Centre for Eye Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:
Fellow of Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Moorfields Eye Hospital Alumni Association
Member of European Glaucoma Society
Member of United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Member of American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01223 266990
Background Information 
Professional profile:
I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon where I head up the glaucoma specialist service in one of the best equipped and subspecialised units in the country. I am also an honorary consultant at Addenbrooke’s Cambridge where I also teach. I trained in London and Oxford. My subspecialty ophthalmology training was at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

In addition to general ophthalmology that includes cataract surgery, my subspecialty interest is glaucoma, which was developed through two Glaucoma Fellowships, one in a leading glaucoma institution of the USA (with Prof Weinreb, University of California San Diego) and another most recently at Moorfields. I have published extensively on the epidemiology of glaucoma, detection of glaucoma, glaucoma progression, and the epidemiology of eye disease.

I also have interests in research and community ophthalmology, in particular a community glaucoma scheme which involves optometrists and GPs.
Personal profile:
I enjoy travelling and experiencing other cultures. While at medical school I travelled alone in Russia and China. I also work at the International Centre for Eye Health coordinating several surveys, most notably the Bangladesh and Pakistan National Eye Surveys. Fellow of the RGS for many years (ex-chair: Young Fellows’ Committee). I lecture and write on Expedition Medicine and was Expedition Doctor (and summiteer!) for 2nd British Ascent of three highest Arctic Peaks. I am a keen sportsman.

Other interests include history, French, Russian and photography. My wife is a General Practitioner and we have two boys- another full-time occupation!

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Mr Rupert Bourne

Mr Rupert Bourne Ophthalmology Consultant, Cambridge, private hospital specialist.

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In the Daily Mail a patient of Professor Rupert Bourne, consultant ophthalmic surgeon, features discussing her treatment at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. Click here to read the story

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