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Saras Ramanathan, M.D.


Dr. Saras Ramanathan is an ophthalmologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of cataracts, particularly complex cases. She is also a nationally recognized medical educator. Her publications on surgical simulation and cataract surgery teaching methodology have influenced the way surgical ophthalmology is taught in the U.S. today. Ramanathan's efforts have been rewarded by numerous teaching awards, as well as by the success and achievements of her former residents.

Ramanathan earned a medical degree from the University of Washington. Subsequently, she completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago, where she later joined the faculty and eventually became the medical residency program director. She also served on the ophthalmology faculty at John Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute before joining UCSF, where she is now an associate professor of ophthalmology.


Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Optometry Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2800
Fax: (415) 353–2654

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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University of Washington 1992


University of Chicago Hospital, Ophthalmology 1996

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ramanathan,S. Essentials of Phacoemulsification. Maximizing Efficiency with Phacoemulsification Settings. 2014.
  2. Woodfield AS, Gower EW, Cassard SD, Ramanthan S. Intraoperative phacoemulsification complication rates of second- and third-year ophthalmology residents a 5-year comparison. Ophthalmology. 2011 May; 118(5):954-8.
  3. Doyle L, Gauthier N, Ramanathan S, Okamura A. A simulator to explore the role of haptic feedback in cataract surgery training. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008; 132:106-11.
  4. Yeh PC, Ramanathan S. Latanoprost and clinically significant cystoid macular edema after uneventful phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2002 Oct; 28(10):1814-8.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.