General ophthalmologyPaediatric ophthalmologyNeuro-ophthalmologyAdult and children's squint surgeryStrabismus
Retinoblastoma, paediatric neuro-ophthalmology.Paediatric ophthalmic oncology.Strabismus
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, St James's University Hospital, LeedsClinical Director, Head and Neck Directorate LTHTHonorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
Royal College of OphthalmologistsAmerican Academy of OphthalmologyMember of British Isles Strabismus Association
Mr Ian Simmons initially trained as a veterinary surgeon but decided to retrain as a doctor to become a human ophthalmologist. His senior house officer years were split between Manchester (where he studied medicine) and Birmingham. Mr Simmons did his higher surgical training in Yorkshire. During his fellowship year, he spent six months working with the paediatric oncologists in St James University Hospital in Leeds and six months at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. There he studied paediatric ophthalmology and paediatric ophthalmic oncology.Mr Simmons received his CCST in July 1999 and began work as a consultant at Clayton Hospital in Wakefield in December 1999. He moved to Leeds in June 2001.Mr Simmons has co-written two major textbooks which were published in 2001. One is on cataract surgery and the other concerns anterior segment reconstruction including a substantial medico-legal section.Mr Simmons' NHS timetable, incorporates operating lists where he performs paediatric surgery and adult strabismus operations. He also runs paediatric, adult ocular motility and general ophthalmology clinics. Mr Simmons is the director of the regional post-graduate education programme for ophthalmology. He is also the clinical director for eye services in Leeds.
Mr Ian Simmons enjoys photography and film. He is hoping to start his third screenplay soon when the pressure of having four teenaged children eases off!
Mr Simmons is on the board of Yorkshire Eye Research and is involved in a project in Uganda treating children with eye cancer.
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