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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
    213 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 26, 2023
    I would gladly recommend
    Oct 18, 2023
    Oct 13, 2023
    Dr Padmanabhan is not only great but she is extraordinary: extremely friendly caring patient and informative. I look forward to my future visits.
    Sep 30, 2023
    The resident sits typing most of the time instead of interacting with the patient. Needs to figure out a way to do both or interact with patient and write it up after. Also figure out how to communicate with the doctor and brief her openly without doing it sotto voce in front of the patient as if there's something to hide
    Sep 14, 2023
    I've had more than a few ophthalmologists over the years and Dr. Sri Is by far the best. She has skill and knowledge that she expertly applies but always shows me respect care and compassion while treating my eye disease. She Is my favorite medical provider.
    Aug 19, 2023
    Dr Sri is amazing I just wish the scheduling process was easier.
    Aug 09, 2023
    Great bedside manner
    Jul 29, 2023
    Wait time outrageous.
    Jul 17, 2023
    I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Padmanabhan and her patient care. Her respect for her patients and knowledge is a very special skill and her innate ability to listen as well as provide you with care is extremely good and is appreciated.
    Jul 01, 2023
    Dr. Padmanabhan is excellent.
    Jun 24, 2023
    Very good
    Jun 15, 2023
    The original provider did not do the procedure it was one of her assistant she was very nice knowledgeable and walked me thru the complete procedure
    Jun 03, 2023
    Dr Padmanabhan is always so amazing! Please take care of your scheduling overload - I do not want to loose her as my glaucoma specialist doctor- I trust her completely with my eye care
    May 25, 2023
    Dr. Always pleasant attentive professional 0lus
    May 09, 2023
    I was hoping to get the things we discussed (name of eye vitamins eye drop regimen) in the Visit Summary but no summary came so I had to send a message with my questions to the doctor in MyChart.
    May 06, 2023
    Excellent in every way.
    May 04, 2023
    I was very satisfied with concern showed and care. A bit more details about the medications (including eye drops) and contact lens would have left me with fewer questions later but this is not a criticism . . .
    Apr 29, 2023
    I'm glad I finally was able to see Dr. Sri. It only took 2yrs to finally see her due to all the cancellations.
    Apr 29, 2023
    Dr Padmanabhan in the only reason I continue to come back to UCSF. If she was not here I'd be at a private practice.
    Apr 25, 2023
    I love Dr. Padmanabhan. She's wonderful
    Apr 24, 2023
    Dr did not do the planned for referral to my local specialist. I have left 2 messing the portal .
    Apr 23, 2023
    Dr.Padmanabhan was great listener clear in communications collaborative in treatment and warm and accepting in her empathy for my conditions. She is the model of a doctor in caring for and treating her patient.
    Apr 20, 2023
    Dr Sri is do great - she is my partner in ensuring I have vision fir the rest of my life - she us amazing !!!
    Mar 25, 2023
    Very good overall
    Mar 20, 2023
    Dr. Padmanabhan runs late always but is absolutely worth the wait. I have absolute confidence in her competence and compassion.
    Mar 09, 2023
    Dr. Padmanabhan is excellent!
    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 !