Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Michael Clarke

Reader in Ophthalmology



I am an ophthalmologist with a specialist interest in the visual problems of children. I undertake clinical research in this area with the aim of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of children's ophthalmic services. I have also developed a multidisciplinary service for the assessment of visual symptoms experienced by patients with dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.


1979 Bachelor of Arts (Natural Sciences). Class II.1

1981 Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

1985 Diploma in Ophthalmology

1986 Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 

1988 Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists  

2013 PhD (Newcastle)    


Professional Experience:          

1982      House Physician, Addenbrookes' Hospital   

1982/3   House Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary  

1983      Casualty Officer, University College Hospital, London  

1984      S.H.O. Ophthalmology, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London 

1984/5   S.H.O. Ophthalmology, Western Ophthalmic Hospital, London 

1985/6   S.H.O. Medical and Surgical Neurology, Addenbrookes' Hospital 

1986/8   Registrar Ophthalmology, West Yorkshire Rotation 

1988/90 Senior Registrar Ophthalmology, Nottingham University Hospital  

1990/1 Clinical Fellow, Ophthalmology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto  

1991 -    Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne        


Newcastle University Appointments:   


1991/8   Honorary Lecturer

1995/8   Acting Head of University Department of Ophthalmology

1995 -    Examiner Part 1 and 2 Final M.B

1998/03 Senior Lecturer, A + B appointment

1995/03 Course Director, Undergraduate Ophthalmology

1999/01 Associate Clinical SubDean, Faculty of Medicine

2003 -    Reader in Ophthalmology

2003/9   Co-Director, North East Centre for  Age Related Eye Disease Research

2007/10 Theme leader, Vision Theme, Specialist Academic Medical Centre for Ageing

2009/11 Academic Lead for Ophthalmology, Board of Clinical specialities

2010-     Associate Fellow, Graduate school, Faculty of Medicine 


Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Appointments


2010/13 Head of Department of Ophthalmology

2013-     Clinical Director: Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology and Dermatology 


 External Examiner      


 2004      University of London MD

 2005          University of Manchester PhD

 2007      University of Nottingham PhD

 2009      Queensland University of Technology PhD

 2009      University of London      MD      


Visiting Professorships           


 2004      First Medical Faculty, Zhengzhou University, China


External Research Roles         


 2007/10 Non Executive Chair to the Ulverscroft Vision Research Group, Institute of Child Health




 2007-     Trustee of Henshaw’s Society for Blind People (North East)



 2007      Royal College of Ophthalmologists Nettleship Research Medal