August 2019


Member Spotlight
A family of ophthalmologists

by Denise Monasterio ASCRS Marketing and Communications Manager

From left: Dr. Abhay Vasavada, Dr. Viraj Vasavada, Dr. Aditya Sudhalkar (Viraj’s husband), Dr. Samaresh Srivastava, Dr. Shail Vasavada, and Dr. Vaishali Vasavada
Source: Dr. Shail Vasavada

Every month, ASCRS features dedicated member volunteers in the Member Spotlight.
The spotlight shows how members contribute to the society’s outstanding education and initiatives, helping others strengthen their skills and sharpen their expertise to provide better care to patients.

This month’s ASCRS Member Spotlight features a family of ophthalmologists: Abhay Vasavada, MS, FRCS, Shail Vasavada, DO, DNB, Vaishali Vasavada, MS, Viraj Vasavada, MS, and Samaresh Srivastava, DNB.
Dr. Abhay Vasavada has been a member of ASCRS for nearly 30 years. He first heard about the society in the 1980s when he was visiting the late Dr. Albert Galand, a renowned ophthalmologist known for his contributions to IOL design. His first experience with ASCRS was attending an annual meeting. “Everyone—the clinicians and the staff—was very helpful and supportive. The experience has been marvelous.”
Throughout the years, Dr. Abhay Vasavada has been an active member of ASCRS. He has served on several committees, has been on the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery editorial board, and continues to be an educator by regularly presenting at the annual meeting. In 2011, he was awarded the Binkhorst Medal for outstanding contributions to the understanding and practice of anterior segment surgery and presented the associated lecture at the annual meeting.
Dr. Abhay Vasavada credits his father, who was an ophthalmologist and practiced community medicine for patients in need, as spurring his own interest in ophthalmology.
Continuing the family tradition, Dr. Abhay Vasavada’s children are all practicing ophthalmologists and members of ASCRS: son Shail (member since 2015), and daughters Vaishali (member since 2008) and Viraj (member since 2008). In addition, his son-in-law, Dr. Samaresh Srivastava (married to Vaishali), is an ophthalmologist and has been an ASCRS member since 2010.

Five accomplished ophthalmologists

Dr. Abhay Vasavada founded the Raghudeep Eye Clinic (REH), a cataract specialty center, in Ahmedabad, India. He completed a master’s in ophthalmology from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He was awarded the coveted degree of a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1980. He has been invited to perform surgical demonstrations across the globe and has contributed 140 publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals.
The next generation of Vasavadas, Shail, Vaishali, and Viraj, and Dr. Srivastava are practicing ophthalmologists at the Raghudeep Eye Clinic, though they each came to it via different paths.
Dr. Shail Vasavada completed a MBBS from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College in Ahmedabad. He holds a DO from the M&J Institute of Ophthalmology. Following residency, he trained in cataract surgery at the Raghudeep Eye Hospital and completed DNB training at the LV Prasad Eye Institute. He also completed a fellowship at the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Vaishali Vasavada completed a master’s in ophthalmology from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College. She completed fellowships at the Raghudeep Eye Hospital and the Moran Eye Center.
Dr. Viraj Vasavada completed a master’s in ophthalmology from the M & J Western Regional Institute of Ophthalmology. She completed fellowships at the Raghudeep Eye Hospital, the Moran Eye Center, and Narayana Nethralaya.
Dr. Samaresh Srivastava completed a DNB at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai. He completed fellowships at the Raghudeep Eye Hospital and Narayana Nethralaya.

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The younger Vasavadas all remember learning about ASCRS during their father’s preparation for the annual meeting. “We first heard about ASCRS when we saw our father preparing videos and presentations for this big meeting that was held in the United States. We were always intrigued and curious about this meeting where all the top ophthalmologists from around the globe gathered and shared knowledge and friendship.”
Dr. Srivastava first heard about ASCRS as a resident at Sankara Nethralaya. “We would always hear about ASCRS meetings, as well as its many publications, which had regular features for us to catch up on the latest in cataract surgery.”
When asked what they most look forward to at the annual meeting, each cited various aspects including informative programs on new techniques, attending and presenting in some of the best courses and symposia, learning from leaders in cataract surgery, meeting people from all over the world, and learning about new technologies in the Exhibit Hall.

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