Rohit Varma, MD, MPH
Interim Dean, Keck School of Medicine
Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Director, USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute
President, USC Care Medical Group
Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, Dr. Varma is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine and holds the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology. He also serves as President of USC Care. 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.
Dr. Varma’s 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). 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 247 publications in various peer reviewed ophthalmic journals, and co-authored 2 ophthalmic books.