Every corneal patient should have access to a competent surgeon and follow-up care.

SightLife’s Global Surgeon Training Program increases the quality and quantity of corneal transplants in India and Nepal by building surgeon capacity. SightLife, in partnership with leading ophthalmic institutions, hosts skills transfer courses to provide practicing corneal surgeons with hands-on training in DSEK and PKP surgical techniques, as well as ongoing coaching from the faculty following the training programs. The courses are designed to improve each surgeon’s ability to diagnose indications, assign the treatment with the greatest chance of success, develop surgical skill, and explain and demonstrate postoperative care.

Recent Accomplishments

Recent Accomplishments

Demonstrated Need: India

Need for surgeons

Training Institution Partners

  • Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai, India
  • Bangalore West Lions Eye Super Specialty Hospital, Bengaluru, India
  • Disha Eye Hospital, Barrackpore, India
  • Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • King George Medical University, Lucknow, India
  • L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India
  • Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Kathmandu, Nepal

Get Involved:

  • Apply to be a visiting faculty member for one of the upcoming skills transfer programs
  • Apply to participate in a course (must practice in the developing world)
  • Stay informed about SightLife’s Surgeon Training Program
  • Contact Us

"When I see patients who have had successful surgeries performed by local surgeons we have helped train, I know the surgical skills have been effectively transferred. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a patient whose quality of life has been improved by your efforts."

— Dr. Anthony Aldave, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California and SightLife Faculty

Faculty
  • Dr. Anthony Aldave, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Dr. Balamurali Ambati, Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dr. Samar Basak, Disha Eye Hospitals, Barrackpore, India
  • Dr. Michael Belin, University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology, Tucson, Arizona
  • Dr. Sunita Chaurasia, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. Umang Mathur, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Parag Majmudar, Chicago Cornea Consultants Ltd, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Ayan Mohanta, Disha Eye Hospitals, Barrackpore, India
  • Dr. Matt Oliva, Medical Eye Center, Medford, Oregon
  • Dr. Roberto Pineda II, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Jay Rudd, Clarus Eye Centre, Lacey, Washington
  • Dr. Muralidhar Ramappa, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. C. Jagadesh Reddy, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. Namrata Sharma, Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences – AIIMS, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Sathish Srinivasan, University Hospital Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Dr. Gerard Sutton, Vision Eye Institute, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Geoff Tabin, Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dr. Audrey Talley Rostov, Northwest Eye Surgeons, Seattle, Washington
  • Dr. Radhika Tandon, Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences – AIIMS, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Jeewan Titiyal, Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences – AIIMS, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Elmer Tu, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dr. Pravin Vaddavalli, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. Abha Gour, Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Bennie Jeng, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dr. David DeRose, Lehigh Eye Specialist, Allentown, Pennslyvania
  • Dr. Ken Beckman, Comprehensive Eye Care, Westerville, Ohio
  • Dr. Matthew Giegengack, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Dr. Marjan Farid, UC Irvine Health, Irvine, California
  • Dr. Michael Banitt, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Dr. Prabjot Channa, Monte Fiore, Bronx, New York
  • Dr. Rahul Pandit, Houston Methodist, Houston, Texas
  • Dr. Rekha Gayachand, Bangalore West Lions Eye Super Specialty Hospital, Bengaluru, India
  • Dr. Sayan Basu, L.V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. Sophie Deng, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Dr. Somasheila Murthy, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. Tuhin Chowdhury, Disha Eye Hospital, Kolkata, India
  • Dr. Umang Mathur, Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Dr. Virender Sangwan, L.V. Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad
  • Dr. Yuri Mckee, East Valley Ophthalmology, Mesa Arizona

"With time you realize the impact you have in improving vision or reducing blindness boils down to the number of patients you see or the amount of surgery you do...but the only way this can be multiplied many times over is by sharing what you know and by teaching as many people as possible...the right way to do things...and the impact will be much larger than what I could have ever done by myself."

— Dr. Pravin Vaddavalli, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India and SightLife Faculty

2018 Courses

SLET Ocular Surface Workshop

In partnership with L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
January 2018

DMEK and Eye Banking Course

Beijing Tongren Hospital, China
April 2018

DSEK Course

Disha Eye Hospital
May 2018

PKP Course

Bangalore West Lions Eye Superspecialty Hospital, Bangalore
July 2018

DSEK Course

Dr. R.P Centre for Ophthalmic Science, AIIMS, New Delhi
August 2018

2017 Courses

DSEK Course

Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
January 2017

DSEK Course

Disha Eye Hospital, Kolkata
May 2017

PKP Course

Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
June 2017

DSEK/DMEK Course

Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi
August 2017

PKP Course

Dr. R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi
October 2017

DSEK/DMEK Course

Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, New Delhi
November 2017

DSEK Course

L.V. Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad
December 2017

Courses that ran earlier than 2017 have not been listed.