My medical education began at the Madras Medical College in the year 1981. The internship finished in 1988. I started my MS Ophthalmology course in 1989 and completed it in 1992.
In 1993 I moved to Houston, Texas, USA where I did a 10-month research fellowship in the Cornea department under the guidance of Dr. Richard Yee at the University of Texas at Houston. Subsequently, I completed the required one-year transitional year program at the Kettering Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. I started an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Lousiville, Kentucky in 1997. I graduated in the year 2000.
I moved to the University of Iowa to do a one- year AAPOS certified fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus under the mentoring of Dr. William Scott and the late Dr. Ronald Keech. I passed the American Board of Ophthalmology examination in 2002. I moved back to India with my family and I was keen on working in an educational institution. I joined Sankara Nethralaya (SN) as an associate consultant. I was popularly known as Dr. MS
I was appointed as Director of Academics in 2006 and served in this role for 14 years. During these years I not only saw patients, performed surgery, and taught postgraduates, optometry students, and fellows but also was appointed as DO and DNB, and FRCS examiner. I successfully conducted the FRCS Edinburgh 5 times in India where SN was the center.
My areas of interest include Vision development including CVI, adult strabismus, ophthalmic and allied health education, ethics, and evidence-based ophthalmology.
I have worn many different hats at Sankara Nethralaya. I was the Project Coordinator of the project that established the Sankara Nethralaya ORBIS Pediatric Ophthalmology Learning and Training center between the years 2003 to 2009. I served as Editor of Insight, the scientific publication of SN. I founded SNippets, a weekly podcast that started in 2020. I had been instrumental in establishing the special children’s clinic, myopia clinic, and adult amblyopia clinic.
I have worked closely with the International Council of Ophthalmology, now the Ophthalmology Foundation Education Consortium (OFEC) in different roles. I have given several talks at the State, National, and International meetings and webinars. I am grateful for receiving many accolades and awards including the Strabismus Keynote Lecture at the World Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
In 2022, I left Sankara Nethralaya after nearly two decades to start my own practice. I wish to be available for patients who need care and also work in the area of education, both locally and globally.
My father, Dr. T. R. Swaminathan, and
mother late Mrs. Uma Swaminathan made me who I am.