October 2018


ASCRS member spotlight: Sumitra Khandelwal, MD

by Denise Monasterio ASCRS Marketing and Communications Manager

ASCRS is a member-led organization. Much of the education, information, and other offerings are developed by anterior segment specialists for anterior segment specialists. The success of the organization is highly impacted by the continued dedication and volunteerism of the individuals who serve as educators.
Every month, we feature one of these member volunteers. We introduce you to individuals who have contributed to the society’s outstanding education, helping members strengthen their skills, sharpen their expertise, and provide better care to patients.
This month’s spotlight member is Sumitra Khandelwal, MD. In August at the 2018 Combined Ophthalmic Symposium, Dr. Khandelwal served as a co-chair of both the Ophthalmologist Program and the Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Program. Dr. Khandelwal has served as a faculty member and co-chair for the ASCRS Combined Ophthalmic Symposium since 2014.
In addition, Dr. Khandelwal has participated as a co-instructor in the ASCRS Skills Transfer wet lab at the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting since 2014. She has assisted in both the Advanced Phaco and YES Resident/Fellow Refractive Cataract and Anterior Segment Surgery sessions.
Dr. Khandelwal is highly active in ASCRS. In 2018, she was nominated and confirmed as a member of the YES Clinical Committee. In this esteemed position, she works with the other committee members to develop programs, special reports, webinars articles, and other services for the YES membership of ASCRS. She is also a member of the ASCRS Challenging and Complicated Cataract Surgery Subcommittee.
Dr. Khandelwal was an award recipient of the 2016 ASCRS/European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) Young Physician Exchange Program. This joint program is aimed at furthering relations between the international and domestic societies, exposing the physicians to each other’s meetings, and observing clinical practices in other countries. During the 2016
ESCRS Annual Meeting, Dr. Khandelwal had the opportunity to observe Rudy Nuijts, MD, and Thomas Kohen, MD, in their clinic for a few days.
Dr. Khandelwal is an assistant professor of ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She also trains residents and cornea fellows at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston.
Dr. Khandelwal received her medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston. She completed her residency at Emory University, Atlanta, and completed a clinical fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants, Minneapolis.
Dr. Khandelwal has published numerous articles, and her clinical interests include cornea transplantation, cataract surgery, and refractive surgery.
Interested in becoming a volunteer with ASCRS? Visit ascrs.org/volunteer. Not a member? Joining is easy. Visit ascrs.org/join for full information.

Contact information

Monasterio: dmonasterio@ascrs.org

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