Rohit Varma

Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology Director, USC Eye Institute

Areas of treatment:

Eye Diseases


  • Ophthalmology


  • Department of Ophthalmology


  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH

Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Director, USC Eye Institute

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine - Beverly Hills
  • Keck Medicine - Pasadena

About this doctor:

Dr. Varma is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine. He also serves as director of the USC Eye Institute and holds the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology. Dr. Varma earned his medical degree at the University of Delhi, India. He also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and two glaucoma fellowships, one at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, and the other at the University of Southern California.  His primary research focuses on epidemiologic studies of eye disease in children and aging populations. Dr. Varma is the principal investigator of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES) and the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases (MEPEDS) Study. 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. More recently, Dr. Varma has been involved in the development of novel implantable IOP sensors and drainage devices.  He has over 102 publications in various peer reviewed ophthalmic journals, and co-authored 2 ophthalmic books.


Doctor of Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, 1985


Union Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1989 - 1990


Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 1990 - 1993


Wills Eye Hospital, Post-Doctoral, 1986 - 1989
Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Clinical Glaucoma, 1993 - 1994

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Glaucoma Research Society


National Science Talent Award, 1980 - 1985
Indian Council for Medical Research, 1982
Goldberg Award, 1986 - 1989
Fight for Sight Post-Doctoral Award, 1987 - 1988
Fight for Sight Post-Doctoral Award, 1988 - 1989
Dana Foundation Award, 1988 - 1989
Topcon Corporation Award, 1988 -1989
Delta Omega Society Award, 1989
Topcon Corporation Award, 1991-1993
National Eye Institute Travel Award, 1993
National Eye Institute National Research Service Award, 1994 - 1997
Fight for Sight Grant-in Aid Award, 1994 - 1995
Knights Templar Grant Award, 1995 - 1996
Beckman Young Investigators Award, 1996 - 1998
Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, 1997 - 2001
American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award, 1998
Research to Prevent Blindness Sybil B. Harrington Scholar Award, 2003
American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2006