Gullapalli N Rao, MD
Founder-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute
Both the Indo-American Eye Care Society and the L V Prasad Eye Institute exist because of the dedication of Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao
Dr. Rao is a graduate of Guntur Medical College, India and received his postgraduate training in ophthalmology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Tuffs University School of Medicine. He was a faculty member at the University of Rochester Medical Center for about ten years before returning to India in 1986 to establish the L V Prasad Eye Institute.
Dr. Rao has held many international leadership positions and is on the Boards of many organisations in the field of eye care as well as in the prevention of blindness activities around the world. His standing in this area is epitomised by two prestigious appointments. He was Chairman, Board of Trustees, President and CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) from 2004 – 2008 (the first ever to be given all these responsibilities). In this capacity, he has played a key role in initiating, coordinating and mobilising Vision 2020: The Right to Sight activities, which will improve eye care worldwide and provided exemplary leadership to this program. More recently, he was appointed President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) in April 2015. AOI represents the most eminent academicians in ophthalmology and university professors from the top universities of the world, and as its President, he has a leading role in raising the academic standards of ophthalmology worldwide.