Dr.Surendranatha Reddy, MBBS, DOMS, Fellowship in Diseases and surgery of the Retina & Vitreous at Melbourne
Medical Director (Vitreo-Retina services)
Fondly addressed as SNR, Dr. Surendra N. Reddy, has been instrumental in the evolution of Sankara Eye Hospital from a Cataract surgical Centre to a multi specialty tertiary care Institution and a post graduate training center. A graduate of Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada, AP. India, SNR served as a GP under the Ministry of Health, Algeria until 1984, first 4 years in the Northern Mediterranean terrain and the final 2 years, by his own choice, opted to the rural population of Fenoughil, a remote commune in the deep SAHARA desert.
On his return to India in mid1984, he completed ophthalmology training at the JJM medical college, Davangere, Karnataka in June 1987. He developed a passion for Retina, and had initiation to the subspecialty while working as a fellow and then as a junior consultant at THE EYE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, Chennai until 1990.
Subsequently moved to Melbourne, to train as a Fellow in the diseases and surgery of the Retina and vitreous under Dr.James D.Cairns at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital,until mid 1994.
Upon his return to India in mid 1994, Dr SNR served as a visiting consultant at the MV diabetes specialty center, Apollo Hospital and Chennai Kaliappa Hospital, until opting out of private Medical practice in mid 2003.
A chance meeting of SNR with a former colleague and the managing Trustee of the Sankara Foundation in 2005,came as an eye opener to the world of under privileged people in dire need of sight Restoration. With a high level of self motivation and personal commitment to the cause of the poor, SNR joined the Sankara Eye Hospital, Pammal in Nov 2005 to set up the Retinal department with funding and support from the SIGHT SAVERS INTERNATIONAL.
Ever since, he has been exclusively practicing surgical retina dealing with Retinal reattachment surgeries for Retinal detachments from various causes : most notably the complicated Retinal detachments arising out of proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy / injuries and Trauma / complications arising out of cataract surgeries / chronic recurrent retinal detachments / paediatric Retinal detachments from various causes / macular diseases etc. and has been extending Retinal surgical training for fellows interested in this faculty.
The availability of such a dedicated and experienced surgeon proved invaluable for the Hospital.
Dr. Sudeep Das, MBBS, DO, DNB (Ophthalmology)
Medical Director, Sankara Eye Hospital, Samarjhola
Dr Sudeep Das joined Sankara in September 2016. Formerly, he was Senior Consultant & Head of Dept of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore. An Alumni of Aravind Eye Care Institutions, Dr Das has held various positions during his chequered career. One of the most notable positions he held was Medical Superintendent, Arogyavaram Eye Hospital, Sompeta, Srikakulam District, AP where he grew the community outreach programme very effectively and enabled the hospital's march towards self sustenance..
Among his achievements, a few are listed below:
- High volume surgeon
- Teacher for Postgraduate students and Sub-specialty Fellowship Program
- Numerous publications in peer reviewed national and international journals
- Numerous presentations in national and international conferences
- Teaching faculty in courses in national and international conferences
- Written chapters in books published in India and abroad
- Organized many well attended Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs
Dr VN Patro, MBBS, MS (Ophthalmology)
Dr.Srinivas K. Rao, MBBS., DO, DNB, FRCS.
Visiting Senior Consultant (Cornea & External Diseases)
Dr Srinivas K Rao DO, DNB, FRCSEd completed his medical training in 1988 and his ophthalmic education in 1991. He has since worked as a Senior Consultant at Sankara Nethralaya for 15 years before accepting the post of Professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong from September 2004 till October 2006. He has more than 15 years of experience in the management of complex cataracts,corneal and refractive diseases.
He was one of the first surgeons in the country to use complex surgical techniques like limbal stem cell transplants, anterior and posterior lamellar corneal surgical procedures, autografts for pterygia, and keratoprostheses to help patients with end-stage corneal eye disease. Apart from his deep interest in Corneal Diseases, he is also a pioneer in the management of complex cataract-related problems - as in scleral fixated IOLs, management of cataracts in children, dislocated lenses.
He has vast experience in LASIK surgery for the correction of refractive errors, and is experienced in the management of patients with complications after corneal refractive surgery." He has published extensively in these areas and is much sought after as a speaker and teacher. Apart from his clinical practice in Chennai, India, he is also currently a Honorary Consultant to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Professor at the Shantou Medical University in China.
Dr Samarth Mishra, MBBS, M.S, FMRF, FVRS
Dr.E.Ravindra Mohan, MBBS (AllMS), MD (ALLMS), FRCS Ed.
Visiting Senior Consultant (Orbit & Oculoplasty, Facial Aesthetic surgery)
Dr Ravindra Mohan obtained his MBBS degree from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He underwent residency training in ophthalmology at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences at AIIMS, New Delhi. During his period of training, he held many leadership positions including those of Vice-President and President of the Student’s Union, Joint Secretary and later, Secretary of the Ophthalmic Research Association. After residency training, he was a Senior Resident in the division of Oculoplasty, Orbital Surgery and Pediatric Ophthalmology for 3 years. He passed the Fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Ophthalmology, clearing the Primary at Edinburgh, U.K. in December 1997 and the final at Edinburgh in May 1998.
He has attended more than 50 professional meetings including as Chairperson & Moderator, both at the national and international level including the International Congress of Ophthalmology, International Congress of Ocular Oncology & Singapore National Eye Centre Meeting. He has over 60 paper presentations and 20 poster and video presentations to his credit. He has delivered over 30 invited talks in various fora in different parts of the country and abroad. He has been involved in public education on various aspects of eye care on television.
He has authored chapters in textbooks and has over two dozen publications to his credit, including those in prestigious journals like Survey of Ophthalmology, Eye, Orbit, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. He has been the recipient of the prestigious International Young Scientists Travel Grant of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 1994. He was awarded, and delivered the Shyam Sunder Prasad Endowment Award Lecture at Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Hyderabad in July 2006. Dr.Mohan is a reviewer for the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology and Asian Journal of Ophthalmology, an abstract reviewer for the All India Ophthalmological Society and an invited paper discussant for the Annual Conference of the All India Ophthalmological Society. Dr.Mohan has been closely associated with the activities of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in India, including in the conduct of the FRCS examinations. He was a coordinator of the Indo-Israel Ophthalmic Meeting held in Chennai in December 2005.
Dr.Mohan has many firsts to his credit. He started India’s first superspeciality Thyroid Eye Clinic at Sankara Nethralaya for the comprehensive treatment of this complex, potentially blinding and disfiguring disease. He also established the country’s first Minimally Invasive Lacrimal Clinic and introduced the procedure of Balloon Dacryoplasty for the management of watery eyes in children and adults.
His areas of continued interest in addition to high performance state of the art cataract surgery include comprehensive management of thyroid eye disease, endoscopic lacrimal and orbital surgery, cosmetic and aesthetic eyelid surgery especially ptosis surgery, orbital tumours, cosmetic rehabilitation of the anophthalmic socket, as also the classification and repair of eyelids and adnexal injuries.