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Mr Louis Clearkin

Consultant Ophthalmologist
MB ChB, FRCS, FCOphth, DO, ChM

Practising at

Spire Murrayfield Hospital Wirral

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Louis Clearkin at Spire include:

Ophthalmology

Other treatments

  • Adult Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO)
  • Uveitis

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Professional profile

I was schooled by Jesuits in Liverpool, then trained in medicine, surgery and obstetrics at The University of Sheffield, graduating MB ChB. Residencies followed: in Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery. My ophthalmology training began in Leeds and continued at St Paul's Eye Hospital, Liverpool. I was then Fellow at Moorfields, Harvard Medical School Boston and The Johns Hopkins Medical School Baltimore.

I worked as Consultant Ophthalmologist; for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in St Vincent, West Indies, then at St John's Hospital, Jerusalem as Locum Consultant before taking a consultant post in South Yorkshire. I later moved as consultant to Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. I am a member of the visiting faculty of ORBIS International, and have worked for them in India, Sudan, Mali, China and Haiti.

I am Honorary Lecturer in Ophthalmology and affiliated to The Ocular Biomechanics group in The Department of Engineering at Liverpool University as well as sometime Visiting Lecturer at Gresham College London. My Thesis; An investigation of homeostasis in retinal vein occlusion was accepted by The University of Sheffield in 1992. I am principal or co-author on more than fifty peer-reviewed publications on various topics in ophthalmology.

My research interests are in Bayesian conditional probability modelling, using natural frequencies, applied to clinical decision making and diagnostic logic. My clinical practice is primarily broad-based general ophthalmology with specialisms in glaucoma, uveitis, macula degeneration and vascular retinopathies. I am an executive member of The BMA NW Regional Council and hold the BMA accredited post of Deputy Chairman of the Medical Board of Wirral Teaching Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. I am founder and current chairman of the local APACHE charity. I have a busy Medicolegal practice and am listed on the AVMA and NHSLA panels. I act as expert advisor to the GMC and I am an elected member of the BMA's Medico Legal Committee.


Clinical Interests

Ophthalmology
Diabetic eye disease
Glaucoma treatment


Private contact details

Telephone 0151 929 5181
Website http://www.louisclearkin.com/
Private secretary telephone 0151 604 7047
Private secretary email valwood22@yahoo.co.uk
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

British Medical Association
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
North of England Ophthalmological Society
Oxford Ophthalmological Congress
Royal College of Surgeons London
United Kingdom Intraocular Implant Society
Academy of Experts
British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Association - Council Member
Member of the Panel of Examiners, Royal College of Physician and Surgeons, Glasgow
Member of the Panel of Examiners, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Former Member A.V.M.A. Doctor's Panel
Expert Advisor in Ophthalmology to The General Medical Council

Professional leadership

Lead Clinician for ocular inflammatory disease at Wirral NHS Trust since 1992.
Founder and Chairman of the APACHE charity, which has raised considerable funds for equipment for training, diagnosis and treatment.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Lecturer in Ophthalmology at The University of Liverpool
Research Fellow in Risk and Uncertainty in The Department of Engineering at University of Liverpool University (affiliated with The Ocular Biomechanics group)
Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, St George’s University, Grenada
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at The Ohio State University, USA
Sometime Visiting Lecturer in Physic at Gresham College London

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Personal Profile

I farm - part-time - on the banks of a remote lough in Ireland. The farm’s low-energy house was designed to facilitate "off-grid" living, supported by a large permaculture kitchen garden.

I am also working through basic certifications in bicycle and car [2CV and Landrover] mechanics. I am Honorary Lecturer in Ophthalmology and Research Fellow in Risk and Uncertainty in The Department of Engineering at Liverpool University [and affiliated to The Ocular Biomechanics group] as well as sometime Visiting Lecturer at Gresham College London.

My favourite leisure interest is listening to live music. I do play several musical instruments, mercifully without feeling compelled in any way to perform publically. I read on a wide range of subjects, enjoy art-house cinema and cooking with my children.

For holidays I ski and to sightsee, but my absolute preference is for cycle-touring along ancient highways in Europe. To me this is an absorbing pastime, in execution and especially planning.

I can waste blissful hours in the innocent pleasure of distinguishing between seemingly identical "must-have" bicycle components before executing online purchase.

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Financial Interests

I am a director of Renuntiabo Ltd, which currently holds all IP and trademarks of EyeCalm – online clinical decision support system. This is a commercial application currently undergoing final trials before commercial roll-out. A further application: FactArray is under development. I am director of start-up designing, developing and testing Eyewarm - an ophthalmological medical device.

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