David Steel
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 8816
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 8666
  • Address: Institute of Genetic Medicine
    Newcastle University
    International Centre for Life
    Central Parkway
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3BZ


Consultant Ophthalmologist and Vitreo-retinal surgeon, Sunderland Eye infirmary appointed 1999

Speciality group lead for Ophthalmology, Northumbria and Tyne and Wear CLRN 

Board member and revalidation lead, British and Eire association of Vitreo-retinal surgeons 

Lead for South of Tyne Diabetic eye screening program 



MBBS 1989 (Newcastle)

FRCOphth 1993

Diploma Diabetic medicine 2004 

Research Interests

Restoring vision in patients with blinding outer retinal disease - in particular 

Optimising the derivation and isolation of Photoreceptor precursors  and RPE cells from hESC and iPSC for transplantation 

Modelling outer retinal disease with IPSC to understand disease mechanisms and evalaute novel therapeutic agents


Retinal image analysis with particular reference to

Automated grading for diabetic retinopathy

Retinal vascular geometry and vascular analysis in Diabetic retinopathy and other systemic disease


Clinical vitreo-retinal disease including

Surgical stratergies to treat patients with submacular haemorrhages associated with AMD 

Vtrectomy technology

Vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy

The interface between cataract and vitreoretinal surgery 


Stage 3 Biomedical sciences course  



Departmental monday evening and  retinal meetings

Regional wed PM postgraduate teaching 

Invited lectures to other Ophthalmology Departments 

Surgical Skills Trainer RCOphth

RCOphth Examiner