Mr Colm McAlinden


NHS Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in Cataract and Cornea.


MD, PhD, MB BCh, BSc (Hons), MSc (CRS), PG Cert (Med Ed), FEBO, FRCOphth, Cert LRS, FWCRS


Mr McAlinden is an NHS Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with a special interest in Cataract and Cornea. He offers Cataract Surgery at Sancta Maria Hospital.


Mr McAlinden attended Medical School (MB BCh) and completed his Ophthalmology training in Wales, achieving Fellowship status with both the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) and the European Board of Ophthalmology (FEBO). Mr McAlinden completed his specialist training in Cornea at the Corneo Plastic Unit & Eye Bank at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. He was also awarded the specialist certificate in laser and refractive surgery (CertLRS) from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is a Fellow of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences (FWCRS). Additionally, he earned a PGCert in Medical Education from the University of Cambridge.


Mr McAlinden also has a strong research background with three research degrees – MSc, MD, and PhD, as well as a post-doctoral research fellowship from Flinders University in Australia. He has an H-index of 63 with over 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has authored a number of book chapters and is frequently invited to lecture and teach at national and international conferences. He holds the position of Visiting Professor at the Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai and Wenzhou Medical University in Wenzhou, China. He is a council member of the British Society for Refractive Surgery (BSRS) and is a PROM advisor to the National Ophthalmology Database (NOD) Audit for Cataract surgery for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He supervises PhD students, and his current PhD student at Cardiff University is working on the optimization of corneal cross-linking therapy for the management of keratoconus. Mr McAlinden also serves on the editorial board for seven peer-reviewed journals.