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Vamsi Gullapalli, M.D., Ph.D.

Vamsi Gullapalli, M.D., Ph.D.

Retina & Vitreous Services , Ophthalmology

4.8 out of 5 stars
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About Me

Professional Background

Vamsi Gullapalli, MD, PhD, provides expert medical and surgical care to patients
suffering from retinal disease. As part of the Flaum Eye Institute retina team, he is
responsible for diagnosing and treating a variety of complex conditions. His research interests include stem cell and retinal t...
Vamsi Gullapalli, MD, PhD, provides expert medical and surgical care to patients
suffering from retinal disease. As part of the Flaum Eye Institute retina team, he is
responsible for diagnosing and treating a variety of complex conditions. His research interests include stem cell and retinal transplantation in the treatment of degenerative retinal disease.

Dr. Gullapalli received his medical training at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore
India. He completed two post-doctoral fellowships in the United States: the first at the
University of Rochester, and the second at the University of Southern California. He then
traveled to Rutgers University where he earned his doctorate in neuroscience followed
by an ophthalmology residency. After residency, he completed a two-year retina-vitreuos fellowship at the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute.

Dr. Gullapalli routinely treats age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, eye trauma, inflammatory ocular disease, inherited retinal degenerations, retinopathy of prematurity and other conditions, providing medical and surgical therapy.

Certified Specialties

Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology - Department of Ophthalmology (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Vitreo - Retinal Disease, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2009 - 2011

Residency, Ophthalmology, Rutgers/New Jersey Medical School GME <10 yrs ago. 2006 - 2009

Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), Northwell Health - Lenox Hill Hospital. 2005 - 2006

Fellowship, University of Rochester Medical Center. 1997 - 1998

Fellowship, Ophthalmology, USC/Doheny Eye Institute. 1995 - 1997

Internship, Bangalore Medical College (India). 1994 - 1995


PHD | New Jersey Medical School. Neurology. 2005

MBBS | Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore University (India). 1994


Journal Articles

New Prospects for Retinal Pigment Epithelium Transplantation.

Gullapalli VK, Zarbin MA

Asia-Pacific journal of ophthalmology.. 2022 11 (4):302-313. Epub 08/30/2022.

A human model of Batten disease shows role of CLN3 in phagocytosis at the photoreceptor-RPE interface.

Tang C, Han J, Dalvi S, Manian K, Winschel L, Volland S, Soto CA, Galloway CA, Spencer W, Roll M, Milliner C, Bonilha VL, Johnson TB, Latchney L, Weimer JM, Augustine EF, Mink JW, Gullapalli VK, Chung M, Williams DS, Singh R

Communications biology.. 2021 February 54 (1):161. Epub 02/05/2021.

Migration of intravitreal dexamethasone implant to anterior chamber.

Gullapalli VK, DiLoreto DA

Retinal cases & brief reports.. 2013 7 (1):111-3. Epub 1900 01 01.

Cell-deposited matrix improves retinal pigment epithelium survival on aged submacular human Bruch's membrane.

Sugino IK, Gullapalli VK, Sun Q, Wang J, Nunes CF, Cheewatrakoolpong N, Johnson AC, Degner BC, Hua J, Liu T, Chen W, Li H, Zarbin MA

Investigative ophthalmology & visual science.. 2011 March 1052 (3):1345-58. Epub 03/10/2011.

Culture-induced increase in alpha integrin subunit expression in retinal pigment epithelium is important for improved resurfacing of aged human Bruch's membrane.

Gullapalli VK, Sugino IK, Zarbin MA

Experimental eye research.. 2008 February 86 (2):189-200. Epub 12/11/2007.

Impaired RPE survival on aged submacular human Bruch's membrane.

Gullapalli VK, Sugino IK, Van Patten Y, Shah S, Zarbin MA

Experimental eye research.. 2005 February 80 (2):235-48. Epub 1900 01 01.

Retinal pigment epithelium resurfacing of aged submacular human Bruch's membrane.

Gullapalli VK, Sugino IK, Van Patten Y, Shah S, Zarbin MA

Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society.. 2004 102 :123-37; discussion 137-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Hematopoietically derived retinal perivascular microglia initiate uveoretinitis in experimental autoimmune uveitis.

Gullapalli VK, Zhang J, Pararajasegaram G, Rao NA

Graefe's archive for clinical and experimental ophthalmology = Albrecht von Graefes Archiv fu?r klinische und experimentelle Ophthalmologie.. 2000 April 238 (4):319-25. Epub 1900 01 01.

The transplantation of human fetal neuroretinal cells in advanced retinitis pigmentosa patients: results of a long-term safety study.

Das T, del Cerro M, Jalali S, Rao VS, Gullapalli VK, Little C, Loreto DA, Sharma S, Sreedharan A, del Cerro C, Rao GN

Experimental neurology.. 1999 May 157 (1):58-68. Epub 1900 01 01.

Antigen-presenting cells in experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis.

Ishimoto S, Zhang J, Gullapalli VK, Pararajasegaram G, Rao NA

Experimental eye research.. 1998 November 67 (5):539-48. Epub 1900 01 01.

Colour of the nucleus as a marker of nuclear hardness, diameter and central thickness.

Gullapalli VK, Murthy PR, Murthy KR

Indian journal of ophthalmology.. 1995 December 43 (4):181-4. Epub 1900 01 01.


Ryan's Retina (2021)

Chapter: Transplantation Frontiers

Authors: Gullapalli VK, Sugino IK, Zarbin MA

Publisher: Elsevier 2021

Ryan's Retina (2017)

Chapter: Transplantation Frontiers

Authors: Gullapalli VK, Khodair MA, Kolomeyer AM, Sugino IK, Madreperla S, Zarbin MA

Publisher: Elsevier 2017

Retina 5th Ed (2013)

Chapter: Transplantation Frontiers

Authors: Gullapalli VK, Khodair MA, Wang H, Sugino IK, Madreperla S, Zarbin MA

Publisher: Elsevier 2013

Albert and Jakobiec's Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology, 3rd edition (2008)

Chapter: "Muller Cells and Retinal Pigment Epithelium" (Chapter 125), Section 10 Retina and Vitreous,

Authors: Gullapalli, V.K., Sugino, I.K., Zarbin, M.A.

Publisher: Saunders 2008

Ryan's Retina, 4th edition, Volume III, Surgical Retina (2006)

Chapter: "Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Photoreceptor Tansplantation Frontiers" (Chapter 153)

Authors: Gullapalli, V.K., Khodair, M.A., Wang, H., Sugino, I.K., Madreperla, S., Zarbin, M.A.

Publisher: Elsevier-Mosby 2006

La terapia della degenerazione maculare legata all'eta (A. Pece, P. Lanzetta(ed) (2003)

Chapter: "Trapianto dell'epitelio pigmentato retinico: studi compiuti sull'uomo e studi di laboratorio

Authors: Gullapalli, VK, Wang, H., Sugino, IK, Ninomiya, Y., Ninomiya, S., Birge, R.A., Zarbin, M.

Publisher: Savona, Dogma 2003

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.7 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.7 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

I consider Dr. G excellent in his field and in his progressive attitude, cordial demeanor and interest in working in and pushing the state of the art!

Feb 08, 2024

5.0 stars

Dr. explained everything good.

Jan 29, 2024

5.0 stars

[...] The medical care is excellent [...]!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 18, 2024

5.0 stars


Jan 16, 2024

5.0 stars


Nov 23, 2023

5.0 stars

This doctor has concern for his patients and does try to explain things and options. He has a very good bedside manner and is always pleasant.

Nov 22, 2023

5.0 stars


Oct 25, 2023

3.0 stars

Dr G is an excellent provider but he's only human and seems to appreciate other knowledge that I bring to the discussion on forward treatment of my injury care. I do wish that he keeps me in mind for any possible improvements in care as the future unfolds!!...clinical trials new treatments etc...he does seem abreast of his field for the most part which has me continue to seek him out for discussion and care!!

Oct 15, 2023

5.0 stars

Best retina specialist.

Sep 24, 2023

5.0 stars

He seemed in demand but was concise but thorough, and when I asked a question he would explain and make sure I understood.

Sep 16, 2023


Everyone was patient including the doctor.

Aug 29, 2023


Dr is an excellent physician!!!!!

Aug 19, 2023


His treatments saved my eyesight. He is my hero.

Aug 10, 2023



Aug 07, 2023


Poor communication

Aug 01, 2023


[...]. Otherwise, very satisfied

Jul 25, 2023


Specialist got me in his busy day to examine me at my doctors request . So they fit me in

Jul 13, 2023


Other patients in waiting room expressed how good the doctor was.

Jul 10, 2023


Again, I'm always very satisfied with the care the doctor provides!

Jun 21, 2023


I needed a second opinion and he helped me make my decision for what to do

Jun 12, 2023


Dr. Vamsi Gullapalli is very thorough and has a nice personality.

May 05, 2023


Dr. Gullapalli was interested in me and my questions and explained some complex issues thoroughly.

Apr 20, 2023


This provider has worked with me on my eye problem since Oct. 2021. He is always very professional and takes the time to explain the options and what is happening with my eye. He takes his time when with me to examine my eyes completely and even though I know he is very busy with many patients, he takes his time to make sure I know what is going on and our course of action.

Jan 03, 2023


Dr. Gullapalli is compassionate and kind, I feel well taken care of when working with him.

Dec 28, 2022


The overall experience was ok however I do sense he's a competent specialist and will continue to see him as necessary. [...]

Dec 15, 2022


Dr is fantastic even with limited time he spent. I feel very comfortable with him and the care he provides me.

Aug 22, 2022


I have and continue to recommend this particular doctor and the other doctors from the FLAUM Eye Institute. I know several people that have transferred to this office and are very happy they changed providers to FLAUM.

Aug 04, 2022


Excellent Professional care

Aug 02, 2022


Excellent physician, trust his care: the appointment process, the wait is very frustrating & not patient-centered

Jul 15, 2022


My immediate issue was resolved.Pleased

Jul 07, 2022


Very knowledgeable with expertise about my eye problem

Jul 04, 2022


Excellent care from the doctor

Jun 29, 2022


Excellent Doctor

Apr 23, 2022


As I mentioned, the doctor was fantastic [...]

Apr 03, 2022


I already have recommended this Team to my neighbor [...] . She was told the same day as my surgery ,that she had a hole in her retina and minor retina detachment issues . Whether she follows through , that would be her decision . I gave them Nothing but Praise .

Mar 23, 2022