Professor Philip Bloom is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Western Eye Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust), with special clinical interests in complex Glaucoma & Cataract.
Professor Bloom graduated from Bristol University Medical School (1984) before going on to take up a position at a variety of hospitals during his postgraduate training; these included Bristol Eye Hospital, The Western Eye Hospital, and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was later awarded clinical fellowships at both The Western Eye Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
He has a high profile within his profession. He is the immediate past Chairman of the charity Glaucoma UK (2017-22, formerly IGA, the International Glaucoma Association) and past President of the UK & Ireland Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS, 2018-20). He was a Trustee and Board Member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM, 2017-21), and past President of the RSM Ophthalmology Section (2012-14). He is currently a Keeler Scholarship Board Trustee (Royal College of Ophthalmologists), council member of the UKISCRS, course leader for Plymouth University’s Post-Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmology and a surgical tutor & microsurgical skills faculty member at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
He is an active researcher with a significant focus on glaucoma and cataract surgery; his specific research interests include minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (including cyclophotocoagulation), neuroprotection, surgical simulation/training, and spectacle independence after cataract surgery. His research has resulted in well over 100 peer-reviewed publications and teaching papers.
He is a passionate educator and holds numerous teaching positions - Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL) and Associate Professor at Plymouth University School of Medicine & Dentistry.
In addition to his many qualifications, Professor Bloom's career has been recognised by numerous other significant achievements and markers of peer esteem. He received the Keeler Scholarship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (1994 -1995) and was awarded the Muthusamy Gold Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 1990. In April 2020 he was made a Fellow in Glaucoma Surgery (FGS) in the Founding FGS class of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery (ISGS), only the second individual globally to do so at the 'Distinguished' level. In 2021 he was appointed Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.