Saras Ramanathan, MD

Title(s)Professor, Ophthalmology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address490 Illinois Street, #56Q
San Francisco CA 94158
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-3836-9941 Additional info
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    UCSF, San Francisco, CA2021Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Champion Training
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
    UCSF, San Francisco, CA2015Teaching Scholars Program
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL1996Ophthalmology Residency
    University of Washington, Seattle, WAMD1992Medicine
    University of Washington, Seattle, WABA, BS1988Biology, Asian Languages
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    UCSF2021Muriel Steele Honor Roll
    UCSF2018Kimura Excellence in Teaching Award
    UCSF2015Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award
    UCSF2014Kimura Excellence in Teaching Award
    California Pacific Medical Center2011Faculty Teaching Award
    Johns Hopkins University2010Ophthalmology Faculty Surgical Teaching Award
    Johns Hopkins University2009L. Harrell Pierce, MD Faculty Teaching Award
    Johns Hopkins University2005L. Harrell Pierce, MD Faculty Teaching Award
    University of Chicago2003Faculty Teaching Award
    University of Chicago2001Faculty Teaching Award

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    Dr. Saras Ramanathan is the Medical Director of Comprehensive Ophthalmology. She specializes in the surgical treatment of cataracts, particularly complex cases. She is also a nationally recognized medical educator. Her publications on surgical simulation and cataract surgery teaching methodology have influenced the way surgical ophthalmology is taught in the U.S. today. Ramanathan's efforts have been rewarded by numerous teaching awards, as well as by the success and achievements of her former residents.

    Ramanathan earned her medical degree from the University of Washington. Subsequently, she completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago, where she later joined the faculty and eventually became the residency program director. She also served on the ophthalmology faculty at John Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute before joining UCSF, where she is currently a professor and Residency Program Director.

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    1. The Challenge in Building Diverse Ophthalmology Residency Programs. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2024 Mar 28. Oatts JT, Parikh N, Ramanathan S. PMID: 38546657.
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    2. Health Disparity Curricula for Ophthalmology Residents: Current Landscape, Barriers, and Needs. J Acad Ophthalmol (2017). 2023 Jul; 15(2):e162-e171. Carvajal N, Lopez J, Ahmad TR, Maru J, Ramanathan S, Seitzman GD, Padmanabhan S, Parikh N. PMID: 37564161; PMCID: PMC10411222.
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    3. Barriers in Ophthalmology Residency Applications for Students Identifying as Underrepresented in Medicine: A San Francisco Match Analysis. J Surg Educ. 2023 Jul; 80(7):971-980. Maru JA, Wang J, Knight OJ, Tsou BC, Oatts JT, Ross DA, Moore EZ, Zhang AY, Ramanathan S, Woreta FA. PMID: 37217381; PMCID: PMC10330680.
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    4. Training visual pattern recognition in ophthalmology using a perceptual and adaptive learning module. Can J Ophthalmol. 2023 Mar 15. Ahmad TR, Ashraf DC, Kellman PJ, Krasne S, Ramanathan S. PMID: 36933567.
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    5. Association Between Parental Leave and Ophthalmology Resident Physician Performance. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2022 11 01; 140(11):1066-1075. Huh DD, Wang J, Fliotsos MJ, Beal CJ, Boente CS, Wisely CE, De Andrade LM, Lorch AC, Ramanathan S, Reinoso MA, Swamy RN, Waxman EL, Woreta FA, Srikumaran D. PMID: 36173610; PMCID: PMC9523550.
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    6. In the Mind of the Ophthalmology Residency Applicant: Deciding Where to Apply, Interview, and Rank. J Acad Ophthalmol (2017). 2022 Jul; 14(2):e201-e208. Jin JQ, Ahmad TR, Parikh N, Srikumaran D, Woreta F, Ramanathan S. PMID: 37388176; PMCID: PMC9927998.
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    7. Factors impacting cumulative dissipated energy levels and postoperative visual acuity outcome in cataract surgery. BMC Ophthalmol. 2021 Dec 20; 21(1):439. Bui AD, Sun Z, Wang Y, Huang S, Ryan M, Yu Y, Ying GS, Ramanathan S, Singh K, Yang Y, Han Y. PMID: 34930170; PMCID: PMC8690865.
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    8. Individuals with and without normal tension glaucoma exhibit comparable performance on tests of cognitive function. Int J Ophthalmol. 2021; 14(11):1721-1728. Cui QN, Green D, Jethi M, Driver T, Porco TC, Kuo J, Lin SC, Stamper RL, Han Y, Chiu CS, Ramanathan S, Ward ME, Possin K, Ou Y. PMID: 34804862; PMCID: PMC8569564.
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    9. Resident-performed immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 06; 69(6):1579-1584. Chen TA, Chen SP, Ahmad TR, Pasricha ND, Parikh N, Ramanathan S. PMID: 34011745; PMCID: PMC8302298.
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    10. Reply: Remote corneal suturing wet lab: microsurgical education during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2021 04 01; 47(4):556-557. Pasricha ND, Haq Z, Ahmad TR, Chan L, Redd TK, Seitzman GD, Parikh N, Kim TN, Schallhorn JM, Ramanathan S. PMID: 33770427.
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    11. Factors Influencing Postgraduate Career Decisions of Ophthalmology Residents. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2020 12(02): e124-e133 DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1715808. 2020; (2):e124- e133. Chen X, Zafar S, Srikumaran D, Boland M, Johnson T, Green L, Ramanathan S. Pettey J, Gedde S, Woreta F.
    12. Ophthalmology Clinic for the Homeless in San Francisco: Experience and Findings. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2020; (2):214-220. Silva O, Hennein L, Ramanathan S.
    13. Remote corneal suturing wet lab: microsurgical education during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2020 12; 46(12):1667-1673. Pasricha ND, Haq Z, Ahmad TR, Chan L, Redd TK, Seitzman GD, Parikh N, Kim TN, Schallhorn JM, Ramanathan S. PMID: 32769754; PMCID: PMC7446976.
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    14. Reply. Ophthalmology. 2021 03; 128(3):e15. Lum C, Seitzman G, Schallhorn J, Oatts J, Ramanathan S, de Alba Campomanes AD, Lum F. PMID: 33129583.
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    15. Parental Leave Policy for Ophthalmology Residents: Results of a Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study of Program Directors. J Surg Educ. 2021 May-Jun; 78(3):785-794. Wang KM, Lee B, Woreta FA, Ramanathan S, Singman EL, Tian J, Srikumaran D. PMID: 32948506; PMCID: PMC7960573.
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    16. Ocular Injuries and Blindness Caused by Crowd Control Measures in Civil Protests. Ophthalmology. 2020 10; 127(10):1424-1425. Lum C, Schallhorn J, Lum F, Ramanathan S, Oatts J, de Alba Campomanes AG, Seitzman G. PMID: 32777230.
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    17. Effect of full-time vs volunteer faculty supervision on resident cataract surgery complications. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2020 May; 46(5):700-704. Saifee M, Zhu I, Lin Y, Oldenburg CE, Ramanathan S. PMID: 32358263; PMCID: PMC9982644.
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    18. Methods to Develop a Sustainable Free Eye Clinic at a Homeless Shelter. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2020; 1(12):22-26. Hennein, L. deAlba Campomanes, A. Ramanathan, S.
    19. Characteristics Associated with Adherence to Annual Dilated Eye Examinations among US Patients with Diagnosed Diabetes. Ophthalmology. 2019 11; 126(11):1492-1499. Eppley SE, Mansberger SL, Ramanathan S, Lowry EA. PMID: 31281055.
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    20. National survey and outcomes of resident-performed cataract surgery in monocular patients in the United States. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2019 07; 45(7):939-945. Chen X, Zafar S, Sikder S, Srikumaran D, Boland M, Ramanathan S, Woreta F. PMID: 31126781.
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    21. Improved utilization of operating room time for trainee cataract surgery in a public hospital setting. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2018 Feb; 44(2):186-189. Kang JM, Padmanabhan SP, Schallhorn J, Parikh N, Ramanathan S. PMID: 29587973.
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    22. Anxiety in patients undergoing cataract surgery: a pre- and postoperative comparison. Clin Ophthalmol. 2017; 11:1979-1986. Ramirez DA, Brodie FL, Rose-Nussbaumer J, Ramanathan S. PMID: 29184388; PMCID: PMC5689065.
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    23. Advanced cataract learning experience in United States ophthalmology residency programs. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2017 10; 43(10):1350-1355. Yen AJ, Ramanathan S. PMID: 29120720.
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    24. Comparing resident cataract surgery outcomes under novice versus experienced attending supervision. Clin Ophthalmol. 2015; 9:1675-81. Puri S, Kiely AE, Wang J, Woodfield AS, Ramanathan S, Sikder S. PMID: 26396493; PMCID: PMC4577272.
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    25. Essentials of Phacoemulsification. Maximizing Efficiency with Phacoemulsification Settings. 2014. Ramanathan, S.
    26. Intraoperative phacoemulsification complication rates of second- and third-year ophthalmology residents a 5-year comparison. Ophthalmology. 2011 May; 118(5):954-8. Woodfield AS, Gower EW, Cassard SD, Ramanthan S. PMID: 21539981.
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    27. A simulator to explore the role of haptic feedback in cataract surgery training. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008; 132:106-11. Doyle L, Gauthier N, Ramanathan S, Okamura A. PMID: 18391267.
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    28. Latanoprost and clinically significant cystoid macular edema after uneventful phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2002 Oct; 28(10):1814-8. Yeh PC, Ramanathan S. PMID: 12388034.
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