Professor Richard Gale


BSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCOphth, MEd, PhD

GMC number: 4427409

Practising since: 1997


Medical Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology

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  • Tuesday AM
  • Fortnightly Thursday PM
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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 for a short period in Boston, MA, USA. He took up post in 2008 with leadership in inflammatory eye disease and development of Medical Retina Services. He has been awarded ‘Best Clinical Service’ by the Macular Society.

Professor Gale’s research interests are in the fields of inflammatory eye disease and medical disorders of the retina. He has an Honorary Chair at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. He developed and has led the Ophthalmology Research Unit. In 2017, Professor Gale was awarded ‘Researcher of the Year’ by the National Institute for Health Research/RCOphth. He has been the Chief or Principal Investigator in around 30 research studies, recruiting hundreds of participants to date. He has been awarded substantial research grant funding. He has published many scientific papers and book chapters. He is a Joint Ophthalmology Specialty Lead for Yorkshire and Humberside Local Research Network and holds the Deputy Chair for both the National Ophthalmology Specialty Group (Northern).

Professor Gale is the President of the Medical Ophthalmology Society UK. He 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 Competence Progression Panel, positions for which he now deputises. He also is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Hull and York Medical School with teaching responsibilities.

Special interests

Medical Ophthalmology

Other interests

Age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, disorders of the retina, uveitis, scleritis, ocular inflammation

Locations Professor Richard Gale works with


    Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

    01904 233225
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Related experience


  • Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Member of the Yorkshire Eye Specialists LLP

Other posts held

  • York Teaching Hospital Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director in Ophthalmology
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of York

Insurers Professor Richard Gale works with

Professor Richard Gale works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Health-on-Line
  • Medical Care Direct
  • Simplyhealth
  • Westfield Health WPA
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Professor Richard Gale does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Professor Richard Gale has the following interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital:

Mr Richard Gale holds a 1/11 (9%) financial interest in equipment which is owned by the Yorkshire Eye Specialists and used at the hospital.

Professor Richard Gale does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.