Rohit Varma

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Rohit Varma
M.D., M.P.H.
Occupation Ophthalmologist

Rohit Varma is an Indian-American ophthalmologist and professor of ophthalmology and preventive medicine. In 2014, he was named director of the USC Eye Institute and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology for Keck School of Medicine of USC. In March 2016, Varma was named the Interim Dean of the Keck School of Medicine and in November was named Dean. In October 2017, USC announced that he was no longer the Dean.

Varma has studied eye diseases in minority populations and examined biological, genetic and lifestyle factors related to the risk of developing eye diseases, as well as their prevalence.

Education[edit]

Varma earned his medical degree at the University of Delhi, India,[1] and a Master's from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.[2] He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Union Memorial Hospital. He completed his residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and glaucoma fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and at the University of Southern California.[2]

Career[edit]

In September 2012, Varma was appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and associate dean for Strategic Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.[3] He spent two years at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago, then returned to Keck School of Medicine of USC as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the USC Eye Institute.[4]

He returned to Keck School of Medicine of USC as chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the USC Eye Institute in 2014. [5] Later that year, he helped develop the Xen implant. The collagen-derived gelatin stent was a development on traditional glaucoma surgery, as it is said to be less invasive.[6]

In February 2016, he was elected president of the clinical chairs of the Keck School of Medicine, succeeding John Niparko, M.D., professor and chair of the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.[7] In March 2016, Varma was named interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC when Carmen Puliafito resigned.[8] Puliafito had been dean since 2007.[9] In November 2016 Varma was named Dean.[10] While Dean, Varma launched an international expansion project. The Keck School obtained more than $140 million in National Institutes of Health grants during his tenure.[11]

USC announced that Varma was no longer dean in October 2017, when the Los Angeles Times told the school it was going to publish a story about a 2003 sexual harassment finding by USC against Varma which had not been publicly disclosed previously.[12] In July 2018, it was announced that Varma had joined the Board of Directors at Illusio, a medical software company bringing augmented reality technology into plastic surgery. With his experience working within academia and medicine, Varma will help Illusio expand to academic medical centers and community hospitals.[11]

Research[edit]

Varma has studied eye diseases in minority populations and examined biological, genetic and lifestyle factors related to the risk of developing eye diseases.[13] In 2000, Varma was part of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES) at the Doheny Eye Institute, with the National Eye Institute. In 2006, Varma published a paper in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, discussing diabetic retinopathy.[14]

Varma's primary research has focused on epidemiologic studies of eye disease in children and aging populations. He was the principal investigator in the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES),[15][16] the African-American Eye Disease Study (AFEDS), the Chinese-American Eye Study (CHES),[17] and the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases (MEPEDS) Study.[18] MEPEDS is the largest study of childhood eye diseases ever undertaken in the U.S. In January 2016, the study confirmed that the incidence of childhood myopia among American children has more than doubled over the last 50 years. The findings echo a trend among adults and children in Asia, where 90 percent or more of the population have been diagnosed with myopia, up from 10 to 20 percent 60 years ago.[19][20]

He has studied also changes in the optic nerve in glaucoma, and has helped develop imaging techniques that aid in the early diagnosis of glaucomatous optic nerve damage.[21]

Publications[edit]

Varma co-wrote two ophthalmic books:[2] "Essentials of Eye Care: The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Handbook";[22] and "The Optic Nerve in Glaucoma".[23] Varma co-edited the book "Advanced Glaucoma Surgery," published by Springer International Publishing in its Essentials in Ophthalmology series.[24]

Varma has additionally published many articles in journals such as Glaucoma Today[25] and Ophthalmology Times.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MEET Varma". EyeDrVarma.com. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Doctor Profile". Keck Medicine of USC. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, new Ophthalmology Chair". University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ Schneider Krivich, Rose (12 February 2014). "USC Eye Institute names new director". Ophthalmology Times. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  5. ^ Schneider Krivich, Rose (12 February 2014). "USC Eye Institute names new director". Ophthalmology Times. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  6. ^ "New Gel Stent Device Could Be A Better Surgical Option for Glaucoma Patients". Glaucoma Research Foundation. March 9, 2017.
  7. ^ http://hscnews.usc.edu/new-usc-care-medical-group-president-announced/
  8. ^ MaaMoon, Noorhan (24 March 2016). "Dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC resigns". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  9. ^ http://dailytrojan.com/2016/03/24/dean-keck-school-medicine-usc-resigns/
  10. ^ "Press Release: Noted physician, scientist Rohit Varma named dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC". University of Southern California. November 9, 2016.
  11. ^ a b http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3849253
  12. ^ Parvini, Sarah (October 5, 2017). "USC medical school dean out amid revelations of sexual harassment claim, $135,000 settlement with researcher". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ "Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, new Ophthalmology Chair". College of Medicine at Chicago. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  14. ^ Varma, Rohit (March 2006). "Diabetic Retinopathy: Challenges and Future Directions". American Journal of Ophthalmology.
  15. ^ https://nei.nih.gov/latinoeyestudy/citations
  16. ^ Varma, Rohit (2014-02-28). "Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in adult Latinos". Ophthalmology. 111 (7): 1298–1306. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2004.03.002. PMID 15234129. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  17. ^ "The Chinese American Eye Study: Design and Methods". ResearchGate. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  18. ^ http://ophthalmologytimes.modernmedicine.com/ophthalmologytimes/content/mepeds-older-children-more-likely-develop-strabismus-amblyopia
  19. ^ "Results—Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Disease Study (MEPEDS) the Baltimore Pediatric Eye Disease Study (BPEDS)". National Eye Institute. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  20. ^ "National Institutes of Health releases data from largest pediatric eye study". National Eye Institute. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  21. ^ "International expert in eye diseases returns to Keck School". USC News. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  22. ^ Varma, Rohit (1997-10-01). Essentials of Eye Care: The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Handbook. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. ISBN 978-0397513178.
  23. ^ Varma, Rohit (1993-01-01). The Optic Nerve in Glaucoma. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. ISBN 978-0397510146.
  24. ^ Advanced Glaucoma Surgery. Springer International Publishing. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  25. ^ "5 Questions with Rohit Varma, MD, MPH". Glaucoma Today.
  26. ^ "How AI benefits patients and physicians". Ophthalmology Times. Retrieved Aug 29, 2018.

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