Rupert Bourne

Specialist Interests: Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery

Rupert Bourne
BSc(Hons) FRCOphth MD

Professor Rupert Bourne leads the Glaucoma Service at Cambridge University Hospital (Addenbrooke’s), where he is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon. He also directs the Cambridge Eye Research Centre there.

Following his qualification as an Ophthalmic Surgeon in 2000, he trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital for a further five years as a Specialist Registrar. He then undertook two glaucoma fellowships, one with Professor Weinreb at the internationally renowned Shiley Eye centre/ Hamilton Glaucoma Center in San Diego, California, where he was International Glaucoma Clinical and Research Fellow. The second fellowship was at Moorfields Eye Hospital where he was senior glaucoma resident. He has a strong research interest, particularly in advanced techniques of glaucoma diagnosis and progression and the management of glaucoma in the community, and overseas ophthalmology.

This research led to the completion of a Doctorate in Medicine, more than 160 publications in leading peer-reviewed Ophthalmic journals and book chapters and an international reputation in the field of glaucoma (h index 62; grant/project funding >£4 million). He is Section Editor for Eye, an invited reviewer for many leading ophthalmology journals and serves on the Grants Assessment Panel for Fight for Sight. He has also been involved in research into altitude ophthalmology and expedition medicine. He is also Chair and National Specialty Lead for the National Ophthalmology Specialty Group of the NIHR Clinical Research Network  that is responsible for supporting the delivery of eye research in the NHS.

In addition to running a busy NHS practice, he also consults from the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and Nuffield Hospital in Cambridge. He specialises in Glaucoma, Anterior Segment Medicine and Surgery, and Small-incision Cataract Surgery.

Professor of Ophthalmology, Anglia Ruskin University

Appointed in 2007 to the post of Professor of Ophthalmology, he has a role in developing new avenues of research within the Vision & Eye Research Institute (VERI), which is part of the university’s School of Medicine. He is one of the principal contributors to the university’s Research Excellence Framework submission and plays a key role in leading VERI. He has several research grants for his work there, which includes coordination of the Vision Loss Expert Group that provides the global estimates of vision loss.