Professor Rajiv Raman

Visiting Professor

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine
Areas of Expertise:
Vision and eye research
Research Supervision:

Professor Raman has more than a decade's experience in performing vitreoretinal procedures for retinal diseases. He initiated one of the first comprehensive programme for screening for diabetic retinopathy in India, and is a pioneer in teleophthalmology in the country.


Along with team from Google, Professor Raman developed and validated automated retinopathy detection algorithm. He has published nearly 250 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals, covering several different aspects of retinal diseases but concentrating on various aspects of diabetic eye disease.

Professor Raman is a principal investigator in several clinical studies including population-based study SN DREAMS in India. He is frequently invited to national and international meetings, and is also a supervisor for postgraduate ophthalmologists and optometrists. His model of DR screening has been adopted by several institutes globally.

Areas of research supervision

Rajiv has acted as supervisor to postgraduate ophthalmologists and optometrists.


  • MBBS, MGM Medical College, Indore
  • MS, Government Medical College, Surat, Gujarat
  • Fellowships in vitreoretinal diseases at the Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital, Chennai

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, National Task Force on Diabetic Retinopathy, Government of India
  • Member, National Board of Examination, Ophthalmology (DNB)
  • Section Editor, Eye
  • Assistant Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Reviewer for 28 international peer-reviewed journals

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Asia ARVO Young Investigator Award, Singapore
  • Ruby Banik Memorial Award for best researcher at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
  • Dr T L K Row Memorial Endowment Award
  • Finalist in BMJ Award, South Asia
  • Nominated for the Late Dr B N Shrivastava an late (Mrs) Sarandulari Shrivastava Award of Research Society for the Study of Diabetes In India (RSSDI) for 2016 in recognition of research contribution to the field of diabetes complications
  • C N Shroff Award from All India Ophthalmology Society, 2019