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Mr Stuart McGimpsey

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

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Stuart McGimpsey studied Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast and graduated with honours in 1998. He trained in General Ophthalmology at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

He has subspecialist training in vitreo-retinal surgery and macular diseases completing a one year vitreo-retinal fellowship in 2007 at Sydney Eye Hospital. He also works as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

Current NHS Posts

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust



Queen’s University Belfast

BSc Medical Genetics

Queens University Belfast


Additional Training

Vitreo-retinal fellowship

Sydney Eye Hospital 2007

Professional bodies (Positions held in last 3 years)

Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Member of the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons (BEAVRS)


Mikhail MA, Mangioris G, Best RM, McGimpsey S, Chan WC. Management of giant retinal tears with vitrectomy and perfluorocarbon liquid postoperatively as a short-term tamponade. Eye (Lond). 2017 Aug 11. doi: 10.1038/eye.2017.157.

Gnana Jothi V, McGimpsey S, Sharkey JA, Chan WC. Retinal detachment repair and cataract surgery in patients with atopic dermatitis. Eye (Lond). 2017 Aug 11. doi: 10.1038/eye.2017.151.

Mikhail MA, Mangioris G, Casalino G, McGimpsey S, Sharkey J, Best R, Chan WC. Outcome of primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment surgery in a tertiary referral centre in Northern Ireland - A regional study. Ulster Med J. 2017 Jan;86(1):15-19

Chamney S, McGimpsey S, McConnell V, Willoughby CE. Iris Flocculi as an ocular marker of ACTA2 mutation in familial thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.Ophthalmic Genet. 2015 Mar;36(1):86-8.

Chakravarthy U, McGimpsey SJ, McAvoy C. How Baseline Assessment of AMD Lesion Type Influences Clinical Decisions and Outcomes. Retinal Physician July 2010

McGimpsey SJ, Chakravarthy U. VEGF-targeted therapy and beyond: pharmacotherapy and emerging treatments in age related macular degeneration. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, March 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2, Pages 243-252

McGimpsey SJ, Woodside JV, Cardwell C, Cahill M, Chakravarthy U. Homocysteine, MTHFR C677T polymorphism and risk of retinal vein occlusion: a meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2009 Sep;116(9):1778-1787.e1.

Williams MA, McGimpsey S, Abugreen S, Chan W, Sharkey JA, Best RM, Johnston PB. The incidence and rate of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment seven years after cataract surgery in patients with high myopia. Ulster Med J. 2009 May;78(2):99-104.

McGimpsey SJ, Gillies MC. Treatment of macular degeneration- controversy and hope. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Mar;92(3):436-7.

Subbiah S, McGimpsey S, Best RM. Retrobulbar hemorrhage after sub-Tenon's anesthesia. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Sep;33(9):1651-2.

McGimpsey SJ, Rankin SJA. A Case of Sjögren’s Reticular Dystrophy. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007 Jun;125(6):850.

McGimpsey SJ, Cooke CA, Best RM. Laser Pneumatic Retinopexy to Treat Recurrent Retinal Detachment Without Detectable Breaks. Ophthalmology. 2007 Feb;114(2):401-2.

McGimpsey SJ, Williams M, Mulholland DA. Ten year follow up of pigmentary retinopathy associated with 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency. Eye. 2006 Sep;20(9):1074-5

Cooke CA, McGimpsey S, Mahon G, Best RM. An in vitro study of human lens epithelial cell adhesion to intraocular lenses with and without a fibronectin coating. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006 Jul;47(7):2985-9.

Williams MA, McGimpsey SJ, Mulholland DA. Cystoid macular oedema and renal failure. Med Hypotheses. 2006;66(4):861-2

McGimpsey SJ, Woodside JV, Bamford L, Gilchrist SE, Graydon R, McKeeman GC, Young IS, Hughes AE, Patterson CC, O'Reilly D, McGibbon D, Chakravarthy U. Retinal vein occlusion, homocysteine, and methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase genotype. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Dec;46(12):4712-6.

McGimpsey SJ, Rankin SJA. An unusual case of intraocular foreign body. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;33(6):665

Chan WC, McGimpsey SJ, Murphy MF, Best RM. Suprachoroidal haemorrhage following Nd:YAG laser posterior capsulotomy. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2005 Jun;33(3):334-5.

Graham LE, McGimpsey S, Wright S, McClean G, Carser J, Stevenson M, Wootton R, Taggart AJ. Could a low-cost audio-visual link be useful in rheumatology? J Telemed Telecare. 2000;6 Suppl 1:S35-7

Treatments and areas of interest

  • Cataract Surgery - Routine and Complex Cataract Surgery, Multifocal Lens Implantation & Toric Lens Implantation
  • Vitreo-Retinal Surgery - Retinal Detachment, Macular Hole & Epiretinal Membrane
  • Medical Retina - Age related Macular Degenration, Retinal Vein Occlusion & Diabetic Retinopathy
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

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