A/Prof Thomas Campbell

Surgeon|Scientist|Medical Researcher

Thomas Gordon Campbell MBBS, D.Phil (Oxon), FRANZCO

Coastal Eye Centre


Sunshine Coast University Hospital


Centre for Eye Research Australia

I am an associate professor and clinician scientist at the Coastal Eye Centre, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and the University of the Sunshine Coast.  I am also a honorary consultant to the Medical Retina and Ocular Genetics units at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and a researcher at the Centre for Eye Research Australia at the University of Melbourne. I am a director of the NQ Eye Foundation.  I am passionate about trying to improve outcomes in ophthalmology through the integration of research and clinical practice.  

My research has three main themes:

The incredible physiology and anatomy of visual systems (both human and non-human) is beautiful and I am fascinated by the myriad ways in which this delicate system can be disrupted by pathological processes.  In particular, I am intrigued by inherited disorders and their potential treatment using gene therapies.  

I completed an undergraduate degree in ecology at the University of Queensland before moving to the UK, where I completed an M.Sc and D.Phil in neuroscience at Oxford University.  I then worked at St Cross College and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford as a research fellow in medical genetics. I then returned to Australia and completed my medical degree at the University of Queensland.  My junior doctor years were spent in Brisbane and the Gold Coast before I undertook specialty training in ophthalmology through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

My subspecialty training in ocular genetics and electrodiagnostics, medical retina, and ocular inflammation was carried out at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Centre for Eye Research Australia, and the Royal Children's Hospital.

You can find my google scholar profile here.  

You can find my neuroscience "family tree" here.

You can find my LinkedIn profile here.

Selected publications:  

> 30 publications, H index 12, & 764 citations – including Nature, The Lancet, Journal of Neuroscience, MJA, & Molecular Psychiatry


Cotton, C.H., Flint, J., & Campbell, T.G. Is there an association between NPY and neuroticism?  Nature. 2009.

Mariano TY, Bannerman DM, McHugh SB, Preston TJ, Rudebeck PH, Rudebeck SR, Rawlins JNP, Walton ME, Rushworth MFS, Baxter MG, and Campbell TG. Impulsive choice in hippocampal but not orbitofrontal cortex-lesioned rats on a non-spatial decision making maze task. Eur J Neurosci. 2009 

Campbell TG, Lehn A, Blum S, Airey C, Brown H. iPad colour vision apps for dyschromatopsia screening. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2016.

Carden S, Chakrabarti R, Jao K, Campbell TG. Cystoid macular oedema in a pre-term infant associated with loss and recovery of vision. Clinical and Experimental Optometry. 2020.

Chakrabarti R, Campbell TG, Carden S. Chorioretinal colobomas in neonatal intensive care using ocular coherence tomography. Clinical & Experimental Optometry. 2020.

Chung, IY, Sheth S, Wells K, Campbell TG. The usefulness of anti-acetylcholine receptor binding antibody testing in diagnosing ocular myasthenia gravis.  The Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2020. DOI: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000001061

Scott I, Hubbard RE, Crock C, Campbell, TG.  Developing critical thinking skills for delivering optimal care. Internal Medicine Journal. 2021. DOI: 10.1111/imj.15272

McCabe G, Campbell WG, Campbell TG. Acute macular neuroretinopathy related to alcoholic hepatitis. Case Reports in Ophthalmology. 2021. DOI: 10.1159/000513186

McCabe G, Hardy T, Campbell TG. Bilateral periorbital necrotizing fasciitis associated with invasive Group A Streptococcus Infection. BMJ Case Reports. 2021. DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2020-236800

Rothschild, P, Meagher, P, Campbell, TG.  The octopus strap—friend or foe? Trends in elasticated strap–related injuries from Melbourne, Australia, 2007–2018. The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). 2021.  DOI: 10.5694/mja2.50903

Campbell, TG, Elder, J, & Ruddle, JB. Spontaneous resolution of schitic cavities in XLRS. Ophthalmic Genetics. 2021. DOI: 10.1080/13816810.2021.1946705 

McCabe et al. Ophthalmic manifestations of Cryptococcus gattii species complex: a case series and review of the literature. Int J Ophthalmol 15, 119–127 (2022).

Campbell, TG & Al‐Qureshi, S. Ophthalmologists and climate change. Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2022)

Campbell, TG & Lin, M.L. Suprachoroidal steroids for uveitic macular oedema – teaching an old drug new tricks? Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2022)

Cui, P., Chong, E.T., & Campbell, TG. Endogenous bacterial endophthalmitis: a case of infective endocarditis following a dental procedure. MJA (2022)

Cui, P., Chong, E.T., & Campbell, TG. Frosted Branch Angiitis associated with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Retinal Case Reports & Brief Reports. (2022).

Guymer, R & Campbell, TG.  Age-related Macular Degeneration. The Lancet. (2023)