Mr Ian Simmons
BVSc MB ChB FRCO
I am a consultant ophthalmologist at Spire Leeds Hospital and specialise in paediatric ophthalmology. I initially trained as a veterinary surgeon but decided to retrain as a doctor to become a human ophthalmologist. My senior house officer years were split between Manchester (where I studied medicine) and Birmingham.
I did my higher surgical training in Yorkshire. During my fellowship year, I 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 I studied paediatric ophthalmology and paediatric ophthalmic oncology.
I received my CCST in July 1999 and began work as a consultant at Clayton Hospital in Wakefield in December 1999.
I moved to Leeds in June 2001. I have 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.
My NHS timetable incorporates operating lists where I perform paediatric surgery and adult strabismus operations. I also run paediatric, adult ocular motility and general ophthalmology clinics. I am the director of the regional post-graduate education programme for ophthalmology. I am also the clinical director for eye services in Leeds.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ian Simmons at Spire include:
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
British Isles Strabismus Association
Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, St James's University Hospital, Leeds
Clinical director, head and neck directorate LTHT
Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds
I enjoy photography and film. I am hoping to start my third screenplay soon when the pressure of having four teenage children eases off. I am on the board of Yorkshire Eye Research and I'm involved in a project in Uganda treating children with eye cancer.