Rohit Varma – Founding Director at Southern California Eyecare and Vision Research Institute
An accomplished glaucoma researcher, Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, is a professor of ophthalmology and preventive medicine and holds the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. Previously, he served as the associate dean of strategic planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he was also professor and the Charles I. Young Endowed Chair of Ocular Research with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Widely recognized for his research and patient care, Dr. Rohit Varma has twice been named a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly and earned similar recognition from Pasadena magazine for four consecutive years.
Over the course of his career as a clinical scientist, Rohit Varma has served as principal investigator for numerous studies sponsored by the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health. His organization and leadership of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study, the Chinese American Eye Study, the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases Study and the African American Eye Disease Study helped him gain renown as an international expert in population-based eye diseases. His studies had a significant impact on public health policy in the United States, particularly as it relates to community health among various racial and ethnic populations.
Dr. Rohit Varma focuses his ophthalmological research on treatments for glaucoma and cataracts. Recently, he contributed to a project aimed at developing novel implantable intraocular pressure (IOP) sensors and drainage devices, which may allow for the precise treatment of glaucoma symptoms before they become a serious concern. His research also explored new imaging techniques for the detection of early glaucoma-related damage to the optic nerve.
Dr. Rohit Varma received an MD from the University of Delhi in India and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He completed an internship at Union Memorial Hospital at the University of Maryland and a residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before attending USC to complete a glaucoma fellowship.
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