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After a successful career in the US as an academic Ophthalmologist, in 1987 Dr. Gullapalli N Rao established the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad 31 years ago and is the Founder & Chair of that Institute. Dr. Rao received his basic medical education in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, and completed his postgraduate residency training at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. In the US, he trained at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and later at the School of Medicine, University of Rochester, where he continued on the faculty until 1986.

Academic and Research Achievements:
  • Honorary Doctorates from the University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales, Australia, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, India, University of Bradford, UK and GITAM University, India
  • President of “Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI)”, group of 80 of the most eminent academicians in ophthalmology in the world
  • Visiting professor to many Universities in the U.S, Europe, Australia and Asia
  • Published about 300 papers in peer reviewed international journals
  • Editorial Boards of several international journals of ophthalmology
  • “Fellow qua surgeon” of the “Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons”, Glasgow
  • Fellow of two of the Science Academies of India
  • Fellow of two of the Science Academies of India
Other Contributions:
  • Former Secretary – General and later Chair of the Board and CEO of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in which role played a pivotal role in developing and fostering the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness along with WHO – VISION 2020 : The Right to Sight in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Board of Trustees, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
  • Leadership Position in many National and International eye care organisations
  • Founder & Chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
  • Boards of many national and international organisations.
Awards and Honours:
  • Naumann Award from International Council of Ophthalmology for “outstanding global leadership in eye care”
  • Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal from Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis for the contribution made to the advancement of ophthalmology
  • Kupfer Award from Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology for outstanding accomplishments as a researcher, ophthalmologist and humanitarian
  • Jose Rizal Medal from Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology for outstanding contributions to eye care in Asia Pacific reg
  • World Cornea Congress Medal from International Cornea Society (Among the first ten) for outstanding contribution to the field of cornea
  • International Blindness Prevention Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Pisart Award by Lighthouse International, New York
  • Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • ARVO – Alcon Keynote Lecture
  • Barrie Jones Lecture of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, U.K
  • Many named lecturers around the world in scientific meetings and universities
  • Three awards from the All India Ophthalmological Society
  • Three awards from the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
  • irst Association of Eye Banks of Asia Award at the Asia Cornea Society Scientific Meeting of Asia Cornea Foundation
  • Many other awards from both National and International organisations
  • Inducted into “Ophthalmology Hall of Fame” at the meeting of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in Los Angeles. 57 ophthalmologists from around the world have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in the past three centuries
  • Inducted as a Commander, Order of the Star of Africa for distinguished service to the ‘Republic of Liberia’ and to ‘Africa in public service and sciences’ by President of Republic of Liberia
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by All India Ophthalmological Society.

Married to Pratibha; son Raghav married to Raelene; Daughter Vaidya married to Scott; Four grandchil