Ramesh Ayyala, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth
Professor & Chair, Department of Opthalmology
James & Heather Gills Chair
University of South Florida Eye Institute, Tampa FL
Dr. Ramesh Ayyala, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth is a world renowned ophthalmologist and is the Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL where he also holds the James P. and Heather Gills Chair in Ophthalmology. Prior to USF, Dr. Ayyala was a tenured professor of ophthalmology, director of the glaucoma service, and residency/fellowship director at Tulane University. He is a graduate of Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University in Hyderabad. He received his residency training in ophthalmology at Mersey Region Hospitals, United Kingdom (UK), and at USF, Tampa, FL. Dr. Ayyala completed his glaucoma fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School and his cornea/external disease fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Ayyala is board certified on three continents (India, UK and USA), a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmology (Lon) and the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a past president of the Louisiana Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
In addition to his clinical and Chair responsibilities, Dr. Ayyala is involved on a daily basis in teaching residents and fellows. Dr. Ayyala pioneered translational research involving slow release drug delivery systems. His other research interests include glaucoma diagnostic tools and glaucoma surgical outcomes. His research has resulted in numerous publications and presentations worldwide. He also serves as an editor for various ophthalmic journals.
Dr. Ayyala is passionate and compassionate in treating his patient. He thrives on treating difficult ocular cases.