The Southern California Eye Institute shares its heartfelt empathy with the individuals and communities who have been and continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our patients and our eye care team is paramount to everything that we do.
I am writing to make you aware of the precautions we are taking to protect our patients, our staff and our physicians as we navigate this unprecedented global health crisis. As the situation rapidly evolves, our team remains committed to providing essential services to those in need.
We have taken the following steps to ensure your safety:
We are continuing to monitor the course of the pandemic and will provide you with additional updates.
Please stay home and please stay safe by taking all necessary precautions.Rohit Varma, MD, MPH
Ophthalmologist and Physician-Scientist, Founder of Southern California Eye Institute (SCEI)
English, Hindi, Punjabi
Los Angeles, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Bakersfield
Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, is founding director of Southern California Eye Institute (SCEI), located at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a nationally recognized acute care facility providing compassionate support for Hollywood and its surrounding communities since 1924.
An accomplished physician-scientist and board-certified ophthalmologist, Rohit Varma is recognized worldwide as a visionary leader in glaucoma and the epidemiology of eye diseases. He is an expert on changes in the optic nerve in glaucoma and is also studying new imaging techniques in the early diagnosis of glaucomatous optic nerve damage. His primary research focuses on epidemiologic studies of eye disease in children and aging populations. He is principal investigator of several National Institute of Health-funded studies, including the African American Eye Disease Study, the Chinese American Eye Study, the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study and the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases Study. His epidemiological studies have significantly impacted health care policy and have allowed for a deeper understanding of how disease affects different populations. Most recently, Rohit Varma has been involved in the development of novel implantable intraocular pressure sensors and drainage devices.
He also served as principal investigator for studies on blindness and vision impairment for the World Health Organization. Rohit Varma is one of the highest National Institutes of Health-funded vision investigators, with continuous funding for more than two decades, demonstrating the importance, relevance and impact of his work.
Rohit Varma has authored or co-authored more than 275 journal articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited or authored three books. He serves on the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Disparities and served on the board of the Scientific Counselors of the National Eye Institute.
He is a member of several prestigious academic societies, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which has awarded him its Secretariat Award and its Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the Innovation in Medicine Award from the National Medical Fellowships Foundation and the President's Award from the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Varma was named an ARVO Gold Fellow for exemplary contributions and dedication to vision science research and mentorship.
Prior to founding SCEI, Rohit Varma was professor of ophthalmology and preventive medicine and the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair in Ophthalmology at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Previously he served as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and president and chair of the Board of Directors of USC Care. He was also chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and founding director of the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. He also served as associate dean for strategic planning and community network development.
Rohit Varma also served as professor and chair of the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he held the Charles I. Young Endowed Chair of Ocular Research and served as associate dean of strategic planning.
Rohit Varma completed his residency in ophthalmology at the internationally renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as earning a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, both located in Baltimore. He completed two glaucoma fellowships, one at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and the other at Keck School of Medicine of USC. A native of India, he obtained his medical degree from the University of Delhi.