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Prof Rasik Vajpayee

Prof Rasik Vajpayee


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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.

Career highlights

Career firsts

  • 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

Professional memberships

  • 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


  • Achievement Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (2018)
  • Senior Achievement Award, Academy of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Achievement Award, Academy of Ophthalmology (2005)
  • Best of Show Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Best Video Award at APACRS, ESCRS and RANZCO meetings

Education & training

  • Master of Surgery, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India
  • Ophthalmology training, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India
  • Fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, USA

Additional languages spoken

  • Hindi

Research & publications

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
  • ‘Tuck in’ lamellar keratoplasty (TILK) for corneal ectasias involving corneal periphery
  • Computer simulation-assisted rotational autokeratoplasty
  • Surgical technique of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty in descemetoceles
  • ‘Flow out technique’ for safe and complete removal of ophthalmic viscosurgical devices after phacoemulsification cataract surgery
  • Technique of ‘double bubble’ deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty
  • OCT guided technique for the management of acute corneal hydrops
  • Thin lenticule Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty
  • Diamond knife-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty
  • OCT guided management algorithm for Descemet membrane detachment after intraocular surgery
  • ‘Copy and fix’ technique of tectonic corneal grafts
  • Technique for Descemet membrane remnant stripping in hazy cornea during DSAEK
Publications Congress posters and lectures
  • Causes and Management Outcomes of Acquired Corneal Opacity in a Pre-school (0–5 years) Group: A Hospital-Based Study

    Maharana PK, Nawaz S, Singhal D, Jhanji V, Agarwal T, Sharma N and Vajpayee RB.
    Cornea. 2019 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print]
  • A rapid technique for en masse soft cataract phacoemulsification

    Om Parkash R, Mahajan S, Om Parkash T, Vajpayee RB and Om Parkash T.
    Clinical Ophthalmology. 2019 Apr;13:755–762.
  • Comparison of Hospital Cornea Retrieval and Voluntary Eye Donation Program in Eye Banking.

    Sharma N, Agrawal N, Maharana PK, Agarwal T, Vanathi M, Vajpayee RB.
    Eye Contact Lens. 2017 Jan 4
  • Evaluation of the Role of Umbilical Cord Serum and Autologous Serum Therapy in Reepithelialization After Keratoplasty: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.

    Kamble N, Sharma N, Maharana PK, Bandivadekar P, Nagpal R, Agarwal T, Velpandian T, Mittal S, Vajpayee RB.
    Eye Contact Lens. 2016 May 18. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Recent advances in diagnosis and management of Mycotic Keratitis.

    Maharana PK, Sharma N, Nagpal R, Jhanji V, Das S, Vajpayee RB.
    Indian J Ophthalmol 2016;64:346-57
  • Comparison of Amniotic Membrane Transplantation and Umbilical Cord Serum in Acute Ocular Chemical Burns: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

    Sharma N, Singh D, Maharana PK, Kriplani A, Velpandian T, Pandey RM, Vajpayee RB.
    Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug; 168:157-63
  • Cross-linking for microbial keratitis.

    Chan TC, Agarwal T, Vajpayee RB, Jhanji V.
    Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul;27(4):348-52
  • Comparative Evaluation of Use of 400-μm and 350-μm Microkeratome Head to Prepare Donor Tissue in Cases of Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty.

    Jain S, Sharma N, Maharana PK, Agarwal T, Sinha R, Vajpayee RB.
    Eye Contact Lens. 2017 Mar;43(2):130-134
  • Evaluation of Autograft Characteristics After Pterygium Excision Surgery: Autologous Blood Coagulum Versus Fibrin Glue.

    Mittal K, Gupta S, Khokhar S, Vanathi M, Sharma N, Agarwal T, Vajpayee RB.
    Eye Contact Lens. 2017 Jan;43(1):68-72
  • Adjuvant Role of Amniotic Membrane Transplantation in Acute Ocular Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A Randomized Control Trial.

    Sharma N, Thenarasun SA, Kaur M, Pushker N, Khanna N, Agarwal T, Vajpayee RB.
    Ophthalmology. 2016 Mar;123(3):484-91
  • Association of ZEB1 and TCF4 rs613872 changes with late onset Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy in patients from northern India.

    Gupta R, Kumawat BL, Paliwal P, Tandon R, Sharma N, Sen S, Kashyap S, Nag TC, Vajpayee RB, Sharma A.
    Mol Vis. 2015 Oct 30;21:1252-60
  • Novel Technique for Descemet Membrane Remnant Stripping in Hazy Cornea During DSAEK.

    Sharma N, Sharma VK, Arora T, Singh KR, Agarwal T, Vajpayee RB.
    Cornea. 2016 Jan;35(1):140-2
  • Salzmann's Nodular Degeneration.

    Maharana PK, Sharma N, Das S, Agarwal T, Sen S, Prakash G, Vajpayee RB. Ocul Surf. 2016 Jan;14(1):20-30
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-linking: A Review of Clinical Applications.

    Xu K, Chan TC, Vajpayee RB, Jhanji V. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). 2015 Sep-Oct;4(5):300-6
  • "Copy and Fix": A New Technique of Harvesting Freehand and Horseshoe Tectonic Grafts.

    Samarawickrama C, Goh R, Vajpayee RB. Cornea. 2015 Nov;34(11):1519-22
Read more publications
  • 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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