Affiliation: University of Southern California
Country: United States
Areas of Interest: 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.
Leadership Position: Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USCGrace and Emery Beardsley Chair in OphthalmologyDirector, USC Roski Eye Institute