Mr Richard Newsom is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, at the University Hospital of Southampton (UHS), and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. He specializes in the treatment of retinal diseases and cataract.

Richard Newsom trained at St Thomas’ Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Following this he worked at the New England Eye Center, Boston, USA, helping to develop new treatments for macular degeneration. His research thesis was on the causes of diabetic retinopathy, and he now leads the Vitreoretinal Surgery Service in Southampton and trains two vitreoretinal fellows. He has a key role in improving vitreoretinal services at both the UHS and Spire Hospital in Southampton.

Richard Newsom has been at the forefront of new treatments for wet macular degeneration and retinal surgery. He has written over 60 articles, on the causes and treatments of retinal disease. He is an invited speaker at international and national meetings, as well as to GPs, and patients groups.

At Southampton Richard Newsom has been actively involved in research into retinal diseases, helping to run and set up national and international studies. He has led the way in developing audit to improve the outcome of surgery, and has been actively involved in training junior doctors. He leads the audit and the IT work in the Southampton Eye department within the UHS.

In 2013 he wrote the Ophthalmology section for the Oxford handbook for GPs and has also worked as a examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and Southampton University.

He has an active interest in international aid work, and travels to several African states to teach and train ophthalmic surgeons, and perform sight saving operations.