Professor Jonathan M. Gibson MB BS, MD, FRCSEd, FRCOphth

Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University

B4 7ET


E mail: [email protected]

Consultant Ophthalmologist,
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham Medical School

Co-ordinator of clinical teaching in ophthalmology, Undergraduate Optometry Programme

Research Group

Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG)

Research Centre
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

Jonathan Gibson
  • 1971-1976: Medical College of St.Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London.
  • 1977-1978: Pre-registration house jobs in London and Edinburgh.
  • 1978-1981: Senior House Office and Registrar in Ophthalmology, Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.
  • 1981-1986: Lecturer/Hon.Senior Registrar in Ophthalmology, University of Leicester and Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • 1986-2011: Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust.
  • 1986-current: Consultant Ophthalmologist Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals, Heart of England Foundation Trust 
  • 1990-current: Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham Medical School
  • 2007-2017: Personal Chair in Ophthalmology, Aston University
  • 2017-Current Emeritus Professor, Aston University
  • 1976 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery,  St Bartholomew's Hospital, University of London
  • 1981 Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
  • 1987 MD University of Leicester
  • 1989 Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

  • 2005-current: Silver (Level 10) Clinical Excellence Award

  • 2009-2010: Macular Disease Society – Joint Inaugural Winner best clinical service (BMEC)

Third Year Undergraduate

  • Hospital Ophthalmology Clinical Teaching

  • Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Module

  • Aston Ophthalmology Referral Clinic (with Dr. Doina Gherghel)

Ophthalmic Doctorate

  • Retina and Macula Module (With Dr. Hannah Bartlett)

  • Imaging of the human fundus – collaboration: Dr. Antonio Calcagni, Professor Ela Claridge, Dr.Iain Styles, University of Birmingham.

  • Age related macular degeneration

  • Diabetic retinopathy – collaboration Professor Paul Dodson, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust;

  • Retinal vascular disorders

  • European Vision Institute Clinical Trials Network -; Collaborator Prof. Jose Cunha Vaz, Coimbra, Portugal.

  • Enhanced Vision Programme -: Collaboration Professor Yit Yang Wolverhampton, Professor Victor Chong Oxford, Dr.Jennifer Acton ,Columbia University, New York.

  • 1997-2003: Member of Council, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London

  • 2001-2002: Director of Research and Development, Heartlands Solihull NHS Trust

  • 2001-2002: Past President Midland Ophthalmological Society

  • 1995-2001: Regional Adviser in Ophthalmology, Royal College Surgeons, Edinburgh.

  • 1993-2009: Examiner in Ophthalmology, Royal College Surgeons, Edinburgh

  • 1991- current: Examiner for Royal College of Ophthalmologists

  • 2003-2006: Chairman Solihull Division, British Medical Association.

  • 2005-2008: College Tutor, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

  • 1997-2004: Overseas examiner, FRCSEd Ophthalmology Saudi Arabia and India and Bahrein.

  • 2010-current: Co- Chair Birmingham and Black Country CLRN Research Network Ophthalmology and Vision Science

  • 2003-2005: Co grant holder with Professor Ela Claridge, Birmingham University, of EPSRC Grant for £120k to investigate and develop and new means of fundus imaging interpretation.

  • 2003- 2008: Principal Investigator at BMEC, Cohort Study of Verteporfin -PDT laser in AMD. Sponsor ; NHS

  • 2004-2006: Principal Investigator Anecortave Acetate Trial in AMD

  • 2005-2007: Principal Investigator,EXCITE and SECURE studies in AMD , sponsor Novartis

  • 2008 – 2011: Principal Investigator , VIEW 2 Study of VEGF Trap in AMD, Aston University, Sponsor Bayer-Schwering..

  • 2009-2011: Principal Investigator  unrestricted educational grant £29,000 “Teleophthalmology Project”; sponsor Novartis.

  • 2008- current: Principal Investigator IVAN Trial at BMEC, sponsor MRC/NHS

  • 2009- 2012: Co- investigator Aston/Birmingham Retinal Imaging Group -  Dunhill Charity “multispectral imaging of the fundus”  awarded £98,000

  • 2011- current: Principal Investigator RET-2010 trial, at MIDRU HEFT NHS Trust, sponsor EVICR.Net

  • 2011-current: Principal Investigator RELIGHT Study of Lucentis in DMO, at MIDRU, HEFT NHS Trust.  Sponsor Novartis

  • 2011-current: Principal Investigator LUMINOUS Study, Sponsor Novartis.

  • 2011-current: Principal Investigator, EuroCondor Study by EVICR.Net, EU FP7 Grant for €330,000.

  • 2011-current: Collaborative study with Belfast – “assessment of preferential hyperacuity perimetry in monitoring of wet AMD Patients.” Unrestricted grant of £6,000 from Novartis.

  • Fellow Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member British Medical Association
  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Midland Ophthalmological Society
  • Medical Retina Group (Co-founder)
  • Fellow Royal Society of Medicine
Reviewer for NIHR, Diabetes UK, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Recent Publications