Gullapalli Nageswara Rao

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Gullapalli Nageswara Rao
గుళ్ళపల్లి నాగేశ్వరరావు
Chodavaram, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Medical career
InstitutionsL V Prasad Eye Institute
AwardsPadma Shri
American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award
International Blindness Prevention Award
AEBA Award
2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

Gullapalli Nageswara Rao is an Indian ophthalmologist, the chairman of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI)[1] and the founder of the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.[2] A former associate professor at the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Rochester, Rao is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India.[2] He was honored by the Government of India, in 2002, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.[3] He was elected in 2017 to the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame instituted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.[4]

Personal life[edit]

At the age of three he was sent to his maternal uncle living in Edupagallu village near to Vijayawada.[5] He studied there until his class 8 at a Telugu school.[5] Following his father, who lived in Chennai near famous ophthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy (the founder of Aravind Eye Hospital) Rao decided to become an Ophthalmologist.[5]

Education and career[edit]

After completing his basic medical education in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Rao completed his postgraduate residency training in ophthalmology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.[6] He has received the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Melbourne, the Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Blindness Prevention Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology[2][7] and the AEBA Award from the Association of Eye Bank of Asia. Rao has served the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as a board member, the secretary general (1998) and the president (2004) on various occasions.[2] Apart from training abroad, he is also serving as visiting professor at several universities in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia.[6] As of 2020, Rao has published more than 300 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals and has served on the editorial boards of several journals.[6] He has five honorary doctorates from Australia, United Kingdom and India.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "AOI". AOI. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "University of Melbourne" (PDF). University of Melbourne. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Padma Awards. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Gullapalli Nageswara Rao - Eyeing the Fame". Sulabh Swachh Bharat. January 2017. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Dr Gullapalli Rao - The Power Of Vision". Forbes India.
  6. ^ a b c d "Hyderabad Doc Who Returned From US to Help the Blind Wins $3 Million Global Prize". The Better India. 9 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Kammavelugu". Kammavelugu. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Vision Excellence Awards: Gullapalli Nageswara Rao". The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

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