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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Seenu M. Hariprasad, MD

Shui-Chin Lee Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science Director, Clinical Research
Chief, Vitreoretinal Service
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Director, Fellowship in the Diseases and Surgery of the Retina, Macula and Vitreous

Seenu M. Hariprasad, MD, has been named the department's first Shui-Chin Lee Professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Science and is an active leader in the department. Dr. Hariprasad is an internationally recognized vitreoretinal surgeon specializing in the diseases and surgery of the retina, vitreous, and macula.

Since joining the University of Chicago Medicine in 2005, Dr. Hariprasad has gained a reputation as a leading specialist in various vitreoretinal disorders, including AMD, diabetic eye disease, intraocular infection and RVO. He has been recognized for bringing more effective and efficient sutureless microincisional vitrectomy techniques to the medical center.

Dr. Hariprasad's clinical research has contributed to the understanding and use of new medications to combat a wide variety of vitreoretinal disorders. He has served as principal or sub-investigator in more than 45 national and international clinical trials evaluating various medications, sustained drug-delivery devices and surgical innovations to treat a variety of diseases, such as AMD, diabetic retinopathy and RVO.

His work has led to nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications, meeting abstracts and textbook chapters. He has presented more than 150 individual lectures in cities around the world. Dr. Hariprasad's recently published textbook, Management of Retinal Vein Occlusion: Current Concepts, is one of only a small number of textbooks dedicated to this disease.

He has also been awarded numerous honors, including an AAO Achievement Award and an ASRS Honor Achievement Award, and has been named a top doctor in publications such as US News & World Report and Chicago Magazine.


Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Physicians
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Retina Society
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Macula Society
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • CONNECT Network
  • European Society of Retina Specialists
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

Practicing Since

  • 2005

Languages Spoken

  • Telugu
  • Tamil
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


  • Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center


  • Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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