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Professor Rasik Vajpayee is a highly respected ophthalmologist specialising in cataract and corneal surgeries and has previously served as Head of Cornea and Cataract Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He has significant expertise in performing laser cataract surgery and complex cataract surgery for patients with co-occurring eye conditions that can cause complications. Professor Vajpayee also specialises in the treatment of corneal conditions, including corneal surgery and corneal transplantations. He has a particular interest in keratoconus, Fuchs’ dystrophy and pterygium (Surfer’s Eye). In addition, Professor Vajpayee performs laser eye surgery for vision correction.
Pioneered use of single donor corneal tissue to treat three patients, using novel techniques of customised component corneal transplantation surgeries
Head of Cornea and Cataract Surgery, University of Melbourne, Victoria (2006–2011)
Presented over 500 lectures on topics including novel techniques of corneal transplantation surgery, corneal infections, phacoemulsification cataract surgery and ocular surface diseases
Other professional achievements
Honoured with the Fellowship ad hominem by the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK
Developed novel techniques of partial corneal transplantation surgery for keratoconus and other corneal pathologies
Head of Corneal and Refractive Surgery Services, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India (1998–2013)
Published/edited 13 books and over 25 book chapters, with one of these a best seller and two translated into Spanish and Chinese
Editorial board member for the journals Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and Clinical Ophthalmology
Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Professor Vajpayee is a clinician-scientist working in the field of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. His research is clinical (surgical) and has resulted in the development of innovative therapeutic and diagnostic modalities, improving treatment outcomes. In a world first, he pioneered the use of single donor corneal tissue to treat three patients by using novel techniques of customised component corneal transplantation surgeries. He can be credited with the following significant surgical innovations, which have been published in high ranking peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Technique of Nd:YAG laser sweeping to clean intraocular lenses
Corneal de-bulking for corneal transplantation for corneo-iridic scars
Large diameter lamellar keratoplasty in severe ocular alkali burns – a technique of stem cell transplantation
‘Crater and chop’ technique for safe phacoemulsification in hard cataracts
Intralenticular bimanual irrigation: aspiration for subluxated lenses
‘Hitch suture technique’ of DSAEK
Modified sutureless technique of DSAEK
Technique of ‘layer by layer’ phacoemulsification in posterior polar cataract
One donor cornea for three recipients: a new concept for corneal transplantation surgery
Study of clinical profile and outcome of cases of traumatic and nontraumatic wound dehiscence following Corneal Transplantation Surgery
Vajpayee RB, Stevenson L, Abell R and McGuinness M. Poster presented at Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 2019
Expression of SPARC and MMP9 in Stevens-Johnson syndrome chronic ocular sequelae undergoing cultivated oral mucosal epithelial transplantation
Venugopal R, Sen S, Mohanty S, Kashyap S, Agarwal T, Kaur J, Vajpayee RB and Sharma N. Poster presented at Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, April 2019
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