Dr. Rohit Varma, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Keck School of Medicine
of USC and Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute, alongside Drs. Jesse Berry
and Vivek Patel, oversee an exceptional and unique group of residents and
fellows. Meet these wonderful physicians and surgeons who are poised to become the academic and clinical thought leaders
To learn more about the team at the USC Roski Eye Institute, view our ophthalmology
faculty. For more information on how our team is making advancements in the field of ophthalmology, check out
our USC Roski Eye Institute Annual Report.
To see our residents and fellows in action, visit the USC Roski Eye
Institute Residents and Fellows Facebook page.
Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute
Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine
Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Community Network Development
Director of Glaucoma Fellowship Program
President, USC Care Medical Group
President, Council of Clinical Chairs, Keck Medicine of USC
ROHIT VARMA, MD, MPH, is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive
Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He also serves as director of the USC Roski Eye Institute and holds the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology. Dr. Varma earned his medical degree at the University of Delhi, India. He also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and two glaucoma fellowships, one at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and the other at the University of Southern California. His primary research focuses on population-based studies of eye disease in children and aging populations. Dr. Varma is the principal investigator of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), the Chinese American Eye Study (CHES), the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases Study (MEPEDS), and the African American Eye Disease Study (AFEDS). He is an expert on changes in the optic nerve in glaucoma, and is also studying new imaging techniques in the early diagnosis of glaucomatous optic nerve damage. More recently, Dr. Varma has been involved in the development of novel implantable IOP sensors and drainage devices. He has over 225 publications in various peer reviewed ophthalmic journals, and has co-edited two ophthalmic books. He also Chairs the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Public Health Committee.
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology Services
Ophthalmology Residency Program Director at USC Roski Eye Institute + LAC Medical Center
Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Fellowship Program
VIVEK R. PATEL, MD, is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Adult
Strabismus at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is currently a board
examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
His chief area of scientific interest includes using innovative imaging techniques to characterize the
visual pathways from the retina to the cortical substrates subserving vision. He is collaborating with basic
and clinical researchers to improve the understanding of structure-function relationships of the visual
pathways using advanced neuroimaging techniques and traditional psycho-physical clinical testing. He is
exploring neuroimaging features of intracranial hypertension, in particular, venous abnormalities and their
potential therapeutic relevance.
Prior to the USC Roski Eye Institute, Dr. Patel was an Assistant Professor of Neuro-Ophthalmology at the
Wilmer Eye Institute, which is part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He also
served as Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus service and fellowship at the Ottawa Eye
Institute. Over three consecutive years, he received faculty teaching awards at the University of Southern
California, University of Wisconsin, and University of Ottawa.
Dr. Patel received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He
completed his internship and residency training in ophthalmology at McGill University in Montreal, where he
served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus at
the USC Roski Eye Institute.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Assistant Director of Ocular Oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
Associate Residency Program Director for Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical
JESSE L. BERRY, MD, is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and the Associate Director of Ocular Oncology at the USC Roski Eye Institute
and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine of USC. In addition, Dr. Berry is Associate
Residency Program Director for the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC)
ophthalmology residency program.
Dr. Berry’s clinical expertise includes anterior segment, intraocular, and external tumors. Her research
focuses on clinical outcomes of retinoblastoma and choroidal melanoma. She is the founder of Women in Ocular
Oncology (WOO). She is a member of the Society of Heed Fellows and received the University of Southern
California Excellence in Resident Teaching Award in 2013 and 2014.
Dr. Berry received her undergraduate and medical degree from Harvard University in Massachusetts. Following
her ophthalmology residency at the University of Southern California, she was the assistant chief of service
at LAC+USC Medical Center. She then completed a fellowship in ocular oncology at Children’s Hospital Los
Malvin D. Anders, MD
Chief of Ophthalmology at LAC + USC
MALVIN D. ANDERS, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of University of
Southern California and Chief of Ophthalmology at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. He earned his
medical degree at Keck School of Medicine of USC. After completing an ophthalmology internship at Los
Angeles County + USC Medical Center, he received his ophthalmology residency training at Los Angeles County
+ Martin Luther King Hospital. He then did a fellowship in Glaucoma at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York under
the direction of Dr. Steven Podos.
Dr. Anders has been involved in resident education since returning as faculty to Los Angeles County + Martin
Luther King Hospital following his fellowship. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching
particularly in the areas of cataract and glaucoma surgery. He served as residency Program Director for
several years at Martin Luther King Hospital prior to returning to LAC+USC to join the full-time faculty in
2008. Dr. Anders is an integral member of the clinical faculty and oversees many of the administrative and
operational duties for the ophthalmology service at the County Hospital.
Dr. Anders is married to Bernadette DeMesme-Anders and has two adult daughters, Rani and Courtney. His
interests outside of medicine include gardening, golf, and Formula One racing.
Residency Program Coordinator
TY CHRISTOPHER is the ophthalmology program coordinator the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
After a six-year career managing a home care facility, Ty Christopher moved to Chicago to begin a career in
ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2014 Ty returned to Los Angeles to become Program
Coordinator for the Ophthalmology Residency at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.