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 of tomorrow.
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.
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Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC
May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine
Grace and Emery Beardsley Professor and Chair in Ophthalmology
Chair, USC Care Board of Directors
Director, USC Roski Eye Institute
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 Center (LAC+USC)
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 Angeles.
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 of USC.