Consultant Profile

Mr Ian Simmons

Mr Ian Simmons BVSc, MB ChB, FRCO
Practicing at:
Spire Leeds Hospital
  • Ophthalmology
    • Neuro-ophthalmology
    • Paediatric ophthalmology
    • Squint surgery
  • Paediatric surgery
    • Paediatric ophthalmology
Special clinical interests:

General ophthalmology
Paediatric ophthalmology
Adult and children's squint surgery

Research interests:

Retinoblastoma, paediatric neuro-ophthalmology.
Paediatric ophthalmic oncology.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, St James's University Hospital, Leeds
Clinical Director, Head and Neck Directorate LTHT
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member of British Isles Strabismus Association

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0113 218 5908/9
Private secretary telephone number:
0113 218 5940
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

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.

Personal profile:

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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Mr Ian Simmons

Mr Ian Simmons Ophthalmology & Paediatric surgery Consultant, Leeds, West Yorkshire, private hospital specialist.

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