Gullapalli N. Rao, MD

  • Presented: 
    2017
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao founded the LV Prasad Eye Institute in 1986 and serves as its chairman and director. The Institute is considered to be among the top eye institutes in the world and renowned for its innovative models of eye care delivery. The institute has played a pivotal role in global eye care over the past 15 years. The not-for-profit, state-of-the-art hospital treats patients regardless of their ability to pay and has served as a new model for health care. The institute has served 15 million people at its main center in Hyderabad along with three tertiary, 10 secondary, and 86 primary centers in a system that spans multiple states in India. Half of the institute’s patients do not pay, regardless of the complexity of their treatment.

Dr. Rao has authored over 300 papers and book chapters, has served on a number of editorial boards, has given multiple named lectures and has garnered numerous international awards for his service to eye care in public health.

Dr. Rao trained at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences in New Delhi. He then completed fellowship training at Tufts University in Boston, Mass., and the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He After completing his training, he practiced ophthalmology in the United States and taught at the University of Rochester. He specializes in cornea, eye banking and corneal transplantation.