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Rohit Varma

Rohit Varma

Rohit Varma was appointed dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC in November 2016. He is the holder of May S. and John Hooval Dean’s Chair in Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and is the chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine. Varma also serves as the director of the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute and previously served as the President of USC Care Medical Group.

An accomplished physician and scientist, Varma is recognized worldwide as a visionary leader in the epidemiology of eye diseases. 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. His primary research focuses on epidemiologic studies of eye disease in children and aging populations. He is the principal investigator of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), The Chinese American Eye Study (CHES), the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases (MEPEDS) Study, and the African American Eye Disease Study (AFEDS). More recently, Varma has been involved in the development of novel implantable IOP sensors and drainage devices.  He has over 247 publications in various peer reviewed ophthalmic journals, and co-authored 2 ophthalmic books.

Varma obtained his M.D. at the University of Delhi, India. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as earning a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. He completed two glaucoma fellowships, one at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and the other at the University of Southern California.

Last Updated: 04/21/17