Mr Neil Modi

Mr Neil Modi

Mr Neil Modi


As a medical student at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital two decades ago, Mr Modi was not satisfied with being shown how to do things but always wanted to know why. His curiosity led him to the Society of Apothecaries where he completed his Diploma in the History of Medicine. He was fascinated to learn about the origin of what we do in medicine today. During this study, he learned about how during World War II, splinters of acrylic plastic from aircraft cockpit canopies became lodged in the eyes of fighter pilots. These were found not to cause the same inflammatory reaction as glass splinters. Based on this observation, an eye surgeon (Sir Harold Ridley) proposed and created the first artificial lens to be implanted into the eye in 1949. When Mr Modi watched this surgery performed as a medical student at the same hospital where it was first performed half a century previously, he was awestruck by the precision and beauty of the procedure. The following day, in the eye clinic, he saw the patients who had come back for their follow up. When an elderly lady came in to clinic to tell of how wonderful the results had been and that she had seen her grandson for the first time, the decision was made to learn how to perform this miracle!

Mr Modi has previously been elected as the lead consultant at Frimley Park Hospital for Ophthalmology and specialises in cataract, glaucoma and oculoplastics. He is also responsible for training eye surgeons on their way to becoming consultants and is the lead for surgical simulation for the Kent-Surrey-Sussex training region. Mr Modi has published the textbook ‘Basic Science In Ophthalmology’ with Oxford University Press, which is used by trainee eye surgeons taking their Royal College of Ophthalmology exams.

Mr Modi has himself published numerous peer reviewed articles and spoken at national and international meetings about his own research. He is a General Medical Council (GMC) registered Ophthalmic surgeon on the specialist register for Ophthalmology; a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth); a full member of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS); a full member of the UK and Eire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS) and a full member of the UK and Ireland Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (UKISCRS).

Mr Modi is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his ability to communicate complex medical problems in a way that is easy to understand.

Mr Modi grew up in Barnes in South West London and attended St Paul's School, where he developed an early interest in medicine. He studied medicine at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals Medical School which he completed in 2005. During this time he also completed a BSc in Aerospace Physiology and a Diploma in the History of Medicine from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London.

He developed his interest in Ophthalmology after seeing the life-changing results of cataract surgery whilst in his second year of medical school at St Thomas' Hospital. This, in fact, was where the first ever intra-ocular lens was inserted by Harold Ridley in 1949. He further developed this interest by completing his medical school electives in Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins in the US and Sankara Nethralaya in India.

He completed his Ophthalmology training in the Peninsula Deanery, where he worked with some inspirational doctors and surgeons. During this time, he also wrote the book 'Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology,' which he published with Oxford University Press. This is now used by many trainees around the world as a companion to their exams. He also completed an MBA (with merit) at Imperial College, London in order to learn skills to lead and develop local and national eye services.

Mr Modi practices at Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley; Nuffield Health, Guildford and Mount Alvernia Hospital, Guildford. He is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist with a particular interest in cataract, glaucoma and oculoplastic surgery.

He now lives in Guildford with his wife and young family. His hobbies now include gardening (unsuccessfully) and cycling.