Profile of Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham

vv photoDr. Vasumathy Vedantham
Qualification: M.B.B.S, MS, DNB, FRCS
Occupation: Ophthalmologist (eye specialist), Vitreoretinal surgeon, Consultant at Radhatri Nethralaya

Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham is the consultant vitreoretinal surgeon and one of the medical directors of Radhatri Nethralaya, T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. She has the distinction of being the alumnus of premier institutions such as Madras Medical College & RIO-GOH, Chennai where she completed her M.B.B.S & M.S Ophthalmology, L.V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, where she did her vitreoretinal fellowship and Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai where she worked as a retina consultant for five years and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London where she did her fellowship in pediatric retina and Electrophysiology.

She is a member of All India Ophthalmologic Society (AIOS), Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association (TNOA), Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society (APSOS), The Indian ROP Research group and was a Governing council member of the vitreoretinal society of India.

She has a distinguished academic record with fifteen gold medals including the best outgoing medical student for M.B.B.S and M.S Ophthalmology and the prestigious Rakesh Sharma memorial award conferred by All India Ophthalmologic Society (AIOS) for best work in ocular trauma in India in 2005 and 46 publications in peer reviewed national and international journals and several presentations in conferences and symposia. Her area of expertise is endophthalmitis, electrophysiology, paediatric retinal disorders, especially Retinopathy of prematurity and ocular trauma. She has recently been conferred with the Hanumantha Reddy Award for the best work done in pediatric ophthalmology in India. The award recognizes her exemplary work on eye infections in children. She has recently been awarded the Chetpet Balakrishnan Baskaran oration by IMA Tamilnadu state branch for her work in the field of Retina-vitreous for over ten years. She is a member of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, having topped the FRCS examination in 1999.

Through Radhatri Nethralaya (12, Hindi Prachara Sabha street, T. Nagar, Chennai, Ph: 24332229, 24311550), she is actively involved in community work by conducting eye camps especially in schools, eye awareness programmes especially on first aid measures following cracker injuries, etc.,. By means of private-public partnership between Radhatri Nethralaya and the Govt. of Tamilnadu through Institute of Child Health, Chennai, she has been carrying out free screening of preterm infants for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP, a blinding disorder) over the past four years. The activity has recently been started in RSRM and Stanley hospitals too in 2012.

Along with EKAM foundation, she conducts weekly eye camps for the children at the Balwadis in and around Chennai. She is also actively involved in eye donation campaigns and promotional activities to improve awareness on eye donation. In this regard she was given the best social service award by Women entrepreneurs Welfare Association (WEWA), Tamilnadu state in 2012. She has been recognized as one of the top 20 women ophthalmologists in India by the Ophthalmology World Report.

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