Alexander Ionides trained at University College Hospital London medical school. He qualified in 1989 having also undertaken a BSC degree in Cell Pathology at the Middlesex hospital in Mortimer St, Central London.
Following early ophthalmological training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Kingston Hospital, he joined Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1992. He spent two years at the Institute of Ophthalmology (1994-96) gaining an MD in the genetics of cataract and then stayed at Moorfields and was offered a consultant post in 2001.
He is also an honorary senior lecturer and honorary consultant at St George’s Hospital, London and the St George’s Hospital Medical School. From 2001 until 2010 he was Lead Clinician for the eye services at the Moorfields St George’s,Tooting. Alexander Ionides has published and given numerous papers on both cataract and refractive surgery and has given presentations at national and international meetings.