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Sriranjani Padmanabhan


Ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist
Globetrotter, literature lover and fan of the Instant Pot

Dr. Sriranjani Padmanabhan, called Dr. Sri by her patients, is an ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist who provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for adults and children. She has a strong interest in working with underserved populations.

Padmanabhan earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute (Penn Medicine's ophthalmology department). She completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Emory Eye Center and a fellowship in international ophthalmology and global blindness prevention at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute.

Padmanabhan is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and an active member of the American Glaucoma Society. She is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

In her free time, Padmanabhan feeds her insatiable wanderlust and enjoys writing narrative nonfiction, fiction and poetry.

  • Education

    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2008

  • Residencies

    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania , Ophthalmology, 2012

  • Fellowships

    Emory University Hospital, Glaucoma, 2013

    University of Nebraska's Truhlsen Eye Institute, International Ophthalmology and Prevention of Global Blindness, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Working with underserved and vulnerable people here in San Francisco is where I belong and makes me feel my most authentic self.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    209 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 02, 2023
    Dr Padmanabhan is an excellent doctor and I am so happy to be her patient
    Feb 23, 2023
    Dr. Padmanabhan is wonderful -- caring patient explains well thorough kind. Terrific doctor!
    Feb 20, 2023
    Waited for two Hours for M.D. To appear. HORRIBLE!
    Feb 18, 2023
    She is a superb physician. I feel fortunate to be her patient.
    Feb 11, 2023
    She needs to be on time but 3 hours late is above and beyond!!!!!!
    Feb 11, 2023
    She is an extremely good doctor
    Feb 11, 2023
    I have been seeing my eye specialist/physician since 2015 and I will continue to do so.
    Feb 10, 2023
    I feel fortunate to be one of Dr. Padmanabhan's patients. The "good" ratings refer to her not always giving more full explanations information but this has never resulted in any problems for me . . .
    Feb 05, 2023
    Dr.Padmanabhan is excellent communicator and physician who is thorough inclusive and clear insuring that I as patient understand my condition and implications for any decision-making. She is a joy to interact with on my glaucoma condition a very good listener and I always come away hopeful and glad I have her as my doctor!
    Jan 16, 2023
    Too many patients resulting in long wait period even if you have an appointment
    Dec 03, 2022
    The service of the doctor has been and again yesterday was excellent. It is just very inconvenient and very expensive to have to wait so long to be seen.
    Nov 26, 2022
    The care provider is skilled friendly and in all ways the perfect physician. The scheduling however is brutal and is disrespectful to the patient. We should not have to wait so long and it happens every time.
    Nov 24, 2022
    I feel that Dr. Sri always goes out of her way to make sure I know exactly what is going on with my treatment plan. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Sri.
    Nov 10, 2022
    The medical staff at UCSF are consistently great and now as my relationship with this doctor has persisted I'm coming to a deeper appreciation of this doctor's performance including clinical judgment and bedside manner. My outcomes are good my concerns are recognized and addressed thoroughly and the doctor proactively explains salient details to help me understand the diagnosis prognosis and treatment plan.
    Nov 07, 2022
    Dr. Padmanabhan is always attentive to my needs and concerns. She gives me great confidence in the care I get from her.
    Oct 19, 2022
    Dr Padmanabhan is always professional yet caring and is always willing to discuss the situation openly yet kindly - I know I am part of my health care with her.
    Oct 19, 2022
    Dr Padmanabhan has very limited availability and my appt was repeatedly rescheduled. They finally dilated my eyes but since I was told all of 5 minutes before I saw the doctor that my visit would be remote because she was sick I actually had to ask the techs to get another doctor to examine the back of my eyes for diabetic retinopathy. I would not recommend this practice to others.
    Oct 05, 2022
    I have no problem with the staff or my physician. The wait times are getting worse!
    Sep 19, 2022
    She is awesome!
    Sep 17, 2022
    I was there for over an hour and a half and still had another hours wait so I never saw the doctor
    Sep 15, 2022
    But not the scheduler.
    Sep 05, 2022
    3+ hour wait to see the care provider
    Sep 03, 2022
    The doctor is great. But she's always rushing to get to the next patient because shes always behind on schedule.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Aug 11, 2022
    Aug 01, 2022
    Wish all practices used a scribe - it allows clinician to focus on patient rather than computer. I have found it wonderful in Sinus clinic.
    Jul 30, 2022
    Dr Padmanabhan is a very special talent that presents positively and provides a sense of confidence that patient's condition will be resolved positively
    Jul 28, 2022
    I am grateful for such excellent care.
    Jul 28, 2022
    She is fabulous and I'm glad I stuck w the nightmare of the referral process to get in to see her.
    Jul 16, 2022
    Care provider is very good. Whole infrastructure system is completely broken.
    Jun 11, 2022
    She provides extremely excellent service
    May 26, 2022
    I've generally had good experiences with UCSF providers but this one continues to impress as my treatment progresses.
    Apr 28, 2022
    My only complaint is the very excessive wait time especially for a person on oxygen.
    Apr 19, 2022
    Only Thanks
    Mar 31, 2022
    Good Job !
    Jan 14, 2022
    I would recommend the provider however the lengthy delay times are an issue
    Dec 05, 2021
    Dr Sri Padmanabhan is obviously a good physician. However indubitably her practice suffers owing to having the worse possible admin support staff I've experienced.
    Nov 20, 2021
    This provider has consistently excelled in all dimensions of care. I've had a longer relationship and better access to my other favorite doctor but setting aside those environmental factors and focusing strictly on this provider's care it is superb.
    Nov 05, 2021
    I'm glad I have Dr.Padmanabhan she's so sweet and caring!
    Oct 11, 2021
    Dr Padmanabhan is the only reason I come to this practice. If she left I would too.
    Sep 30, 2021
    As always both the Doctor and her fellow were thorough excellent compassionate and reassuring.
    Sep 24, 2021
    Provider was excellent. System is broken. Was not kept up to date on the waiting time or expected visit time.
    Aug 22, 2021
    Dr. Padmanabhan is an excellent caring physician and surgeon who performed two cataract surgeries due to my glaucoma condition.
    Aug 21, 2021
    Good experience
    Jul 14, 2021
    I've been impressed so far with every aspect of the care I've received from the provider and her resident. The only thing that in retrospect could have gone better: more practical tips on the administration of eye drops given I have strong blinking reflexes.
    Jun 10, 2021
    Your care providers have been consistently excellent and Dr. Padmanabhan is also. Your systems are what need attention. Your website is more confusing after your upgrade and the frequency and timing of text reminders is just weird.
    May 29, 2021
    the provider overall is excellent however her patient workload seems very heavy. I think she'd be more effective if she could focus on less patients.
    Apr 29, 2021
    Dr Padmanabhan is an excellent doctor. She has a gracious warm and respectful manner. She is fully comfortable in her role as a human being caring for other human beings. I feel so lucky to have found her.