Dr Martin Kuper has been appointed as the new chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after David Probert announced he would step down.

Kuper joined Moorfields from London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust where he held the position of deputy chief executive for transformation and chief medical officer.

Tessa Green, chair of Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: ‘Martin has a passion for clinical pathway and digital transformation focused around the interest of the patient and clear ideas around developing workforce and inclusion.

‘He has shown great resilience, creativity and leadership in his hospital’s response to the Covid crisis, both internally and supporting the broader sector response. I look forward to working with Martin to help Moorfields as we continue to strive for excellence.’

Green thanked Probert for his incredible contribution over the last five years and for always putting the best interest of patients first.

Kuper commented that he was delighted to be offered the job at Moorfields during a critical time in its development.

‘Moorfields’ rich history, outstanding ophthalmic outcomes and reputation for innovation rightly makes it a leader, influencing change in the speciality in London, nationally and globally. I very much look forward to leading such a dedicated and talented workforce as we embark on the complex journey towards Oriel,’ he said.

Kuper would join Moorfields later in the year after Probert leaves in the summer.