Prof. Richard P. Gale

Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director in Ophthalmology; Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York

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Professor Richard Gale is a Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist and the Clinical Director at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated in 1997 and pursued training in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He took up a post in 2008 with leadership in inflammatory eye disease and development of medical retina services.


Professor Gale is Honorary Chair at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and has developed and led the Ophthalmology Research Unit. He is a Joint Ophthalmology Specialty Lead for Yorkshire and Humberside Local Research Network and is Deputy Chair for the National Ophthalmology Specialty Group (Northern). He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Hull and York Medical School with teaching responsibilities.


Professor Gale’s research interests are in inflammatory eye disease and medical disorders of the retina. He has been chief or principal investigator in around 30 research studies, has been awarded substantial research grant funding, has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters, and was awarded ‘Best Clinical Service’ by the Macular Society and ‘Researcher of the Year’ in 2017 by the National Institute for Health Research/Royal College of Ophthalmologists.


Professor Gale is also President of the Medical Ophthalmology Society UK and has had numerous senior educational roles. He previously chaired the Specialist Advisory Committee for Medical Ophthalmology at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board and the National Annual Review of Competency Progression panel, positions for which he now deputizes.