Dr. Narsing Rao, alongside Drs. Benjamin Xu 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.
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Chairman and Professor, USC Department of Ophthalmology
Director of the Uveitis Service and Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
NARSING A. RAO, MD, is involved in the treatment of inflammatory ocular diseases affecting the uveal tract, vitreous, retina, and sclera. Dr. Rao has published over 440 peer-reviewed papers in clinical and basic science findings. He has received numerous honors and awards for his research endeavors on ocular inflammatory diseases from Research to Prevent Blindness and the National Institute of Health. He delivered several named lectures, both nationally and internationally, including visiting professorships at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, University of Paris, France, Moorefields Eye Institute, London, University of Rome, Italy, Tokyo Medical University, Kyushu University in Fukoka, Japan, and University of Sydney, Australia.
For his outstanding contributions to ophthalmology, he was awarded the Lorenz E. Zimmerman medal from American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Ramon L. Font medal from Pan American Society of Ophthalmology, the International Ocular Inflammation Society Award, and received an award from European Vision and Eye Research Association in 2006. Dr. Rao was also the recipient of the prestigious Bietti Medal from International Council of Ophthalmology.
In the past 25 years, Dr. Rao has focused on clinical and basic research on oxidative stress mediated retinal damage in intraocular inflammation/uveitis. Dr. Rao has had several successful NEI-funded R01 grants since 1985 and has worked on many projects with high relevance to the public health.
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 Residency Program Director for Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC)
BENJAMIN Y. XU, MD, PHD, attended Yale University where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Columbia University where he was part of the NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed a well-received thesis studying how the brain uses eye position signals to coordinate accurate eye movements. Dr. Xu completed his residency in ophthalmology at the LAC+USC Medical Center and USC Roski Eye Institute, where he served as Chief Resident and was recognized for his academic and teaching achievements. He completed his glaucoma fellowship with Dr. Robert Weinreb at the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute and Hamilton Glaucoma Center.
Dr. Xu’s primary research interest is preventing vision loss and blindness in patients at risk for angle closure glaucoma (ACG), a common type of glaucoma. His research focuses on studying the pathophysiology of ACG and improving the care of angle closure patients. Dr. Xu collaborates with Dr. Rohit Varma on his population-based eye studies such as the Chinese American Eye Study to identify risk factors for ACG and other ocular diseases. Dr. Xu also uses advanced anterior segment imaging modalities including anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) and ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) to study the physiological and biomechanical properties of intraocular structures and aqueous outflow pathways. Finally, Dr. Xu works on designing biomedical devices to assess the function of anterior segment structures, such as the iris and trabecular meshwork.
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.