Vivek R. Patel

Associate Professor Residency Program Director
Vivek R. Patel, MD

Areas of treatment:

Adult strabismus
Optic neuropathy
Pseudotumor cerebri
Brain tumor
Optic neuritis
Double vision
Strabismus surgery
Temporal arteritis
Graves disease
Hemifacial spasm


  • Ophthalmology


  • Department of Ophthalmology


  • English
  • French
  • Gujarati

Vivek R. Patel, MD

Associate Professor
Residency Program Director

Practicing location:

  • USC Roski Eye Institute (Los Angeles)

About this doctor:

Board certified in the U.S and Canada, Vivek R. Patel, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Neuro-ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine. He also serves as the Residency Program Director and Neuro-ophthalmology fellowship director at USC. Dr. Patel received his undergraduate and medical degrees, with distinction, from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his internship and residency training in Ophthalmology at McGill University, where he served as Chief Resident, prior to completing fellowship training in Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Southern California, Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Patel comes to us from the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was an Assistant Professor of Neuro-ophthalmology. He also served as director of a very busy neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus service and fellowship at the Ottawa Eye Institute, for over 4 years. He is currently a board examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received faculty teaching awards at the University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, and University of Ottawa, over 3 consecutive years, exemplifying his passion for education.

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BS, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 1996
MD, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2001


McGill University Health Centre, Internal Medicine, 2001


McGill University, Ophthalmology, 2006


University of Southern California, Neuro-ophthalmology, 2007


Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ophthalmology, 2006
Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, 2008

Professional society memberships:

American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS)
North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)


Top Graduating Student in Neurology: University of Saskatchewan, 2001
Aerospace Medicine Award: Canadian Space Agency (in conjunction with NASA), 2002
Leadership Award, McGill University, Dept. of Ophthalmology, 2006
Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Southern California, USC Department of Ophthalmology, 2007
Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Wisconsin, Dept. of Ophthalmology, 2008
Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Ottawa Eye Institute, 2009