Rohit Varma, M.D., MPH
Interim Dean, Keck School of Medicine
President, USC Care
Director, USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute, University of Southern California
Thursday, November 3, 2016 • 8:45 AM–10:00 AM
Rohit Varma, M.D., MPH is interim dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC; director of the USC Roski Eye Institute; Grace and Emery Beardsley chair of the Department of Ophthalmology; president, USC Care Medical Group and president, Council of Clinical Chairs, Keck Medicine of USC.
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. As one of the world’s leading experts in population based eye diseases, Dr. Varma is the principal investigator of many major National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies, including the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases Study (MEPEDS), African-American Eye Disease Study (AFEDS) and the Chinese-American Eye Study (CHES). He also served as principal investigator for studies on blindness and vision impairment for the World Health Organization and on the committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine “Making Eye Health a Population Health Imperative: Vision for Tomorrow.”
Dr. Varma received his M.D. from the University of Delhi, India and a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and glaucoma fellowships at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.