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Ayyala 2014Ramesh S. Ayyala, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth

Ramesh S. Ayyala was born in Hyderabad, India and completed his training on three continents (medical school in Hyderabad, India; Residency in Ophthalmology in Mersey Region, United Kingdom and University of Florida, Tampa, FL, USA and Sub-specialty training in Glaucoma from Massachusetts Eye and Ear infirmary, Harvard University, Boston and Cornea and External Diseases from Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA). He has extensive experience in training ophthalmology residents, having rebuilt the Ophthalmology residency program at Tulane University following Hurricane Katrina for which he was awarded the "Courage to Teach Parker J. Palmer Award" by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is also a recipient of the "Teaching Scholar Award" from Tulane School of Medicine. His passion for low-cost, quality education resulted in the establishment of, (, an online website, dedicated to resident education for which he was awarded the "New Orleans City Business Innovators' Award".

Dr. Ayyala is an internationally known Glaucoma and Anterior Segment surgeon and researcher, having authored numerous peer reviewed original articles in all major ophthalmic journals. His research led to the creation of the world's first slow release drug delivery system to decrease scar tissue formation following glaucoma drainage device surgery. He has been listed in the "Best Doctors in America", "America's Top Ophthalmologists", by the Consumer's Research Council of America and recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology with its "Achievement Award."

Dr. Ayyala's passion for community ophthalmology and resident training led to the establishment of "Anand Eye Institute" (AEI), ( a tertiary care eye hospital in Hyderabad, India in 2012. Anand's mission is "to train future leaders of ophthalmology while delivering quality eye care". Our goal is to decrease the burden of blindness in India by training medical students to become excellent ophthalmologists enabling them to give quality care to the local population. This teaching and research hospital has been developed in collaboration with the Tulane Ophthalmology Department in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States of America. Dr. Ayyala is the founding Chairman and on the Board of Directors of AEI.

He currently serves as Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Residency and Fellowship (Glaucoma) Programs and Director of Glaucoma Services at Tulane University Hospital and Clinics. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.


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