Mr Simon Woodruff


FRCOphth Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists , MB BS

GMC number: 3591064

Practising since: 1991



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Mr Woodruff qualified from St Mary’s Hospital, London in 1991 and underwent specialist ophthalmology training in London. This included 4 years of oculoplastic fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital and The Western Eye Hospital during which he received advanced training in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the periocular region and surrounding areas.

He has held a substantive NHS Consultant position at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge since 2006.  At Addenbrookes he was training director for ophthalmic surgical training for five years before moving on to become Clinical Lead in Ophthalmology in 2012 for the following 4 years.

He loves teaching and training new surgeons and runs a variety of surgical training courses for national and international delegate in Cambridge. He is a frequent guest speaker and faculty member at national and international courses and conferences. He is a visiting Professor to Nanning People’s Hospital in China where he teaches Oculoplastic and Endoscopic Lacrimal Surgery.


  • Ophthalmology
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Special interests

His areas of clinical practice are Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery including both functional problems, such as periocular tumours, eyelid cysts, ptosis (droopy upper eyelid), eyelid entropion and ectropion and cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lifts, botulinum injection treatment and facial fillers. 

He has particular expertise in transconjunctival minimally invasive lower lid blepharoplasty for lower lid bags and endoscopic scarless dacryocystorhinotomy (DCR) surgery for blocked tear ducts and watery eyes.

He is especially interested in the management of skin cancer on the eyelids and in the periocular area. He is a strong advocate of the use of MOHS micrographic surgery where appropriate to obtain the best surgical results and clinical outcomes.

He also performs small incision bespoke phacoemulsification cataract surgery and sees all general ophthalmic complaints.

Other interests

  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Lacrimal surgery (watery eyes) - including minimally invasive endoscopic surgery
  • Orbital surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Blepharospasm
  • Botulinum toxin injections

Personal interests

Mr Woodruff has for many years carried out regular pro bono charitable work overseas including in rural Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam and the Middle East. He has previously worked for BBC World Service Radio Pashto and Persian Section in Afghanistan. He is a keen ski mountaineer, traveller and adventurer.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr Simon Woodruff at Nuffield Health

  • Mole removal
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Eye lift
  • Eyelid cyst removal
  • Excisional biopsy
  • Dermatological surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Excision of skin lesion
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Reshaping)
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Skin cancer surgery
  • Drooping eyelids (Ptosis correction)
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Brow lift

Locations Mr Simon Woodruff works with

Related experience


Mr Woodruff has a strong interest in surgical innovation and keeps himself at the forefront of developments in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery techniques. He is an Internationally acclaimed lecturer and teacher in Oculoplastics and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery.


  • FRCOphth Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • The British Oculoplastic Surgeons Society (BOPSS)
  • European Society of Oculoplastic Reconstructive Surgeons (ESOPRS)
  • Founder member of the Anglo-Spanish Oculoplastic Society (ASOS)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Oculoplastic & Ophthalmic Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Insurers Mr Simon Woodruff works with

Mr Simon Woodruff works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Alliance Healthcare
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Bupa Global
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Healix
  • Health-on-Line
  • PHC
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Simplyhealth
  • Standard Life
  • Tri-Care
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA


Mr Simon Woodruff does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr Simon Woodruff does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr Simon Woodruff does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.