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

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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 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.



  • Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology


MBBS | Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore University (India)

PHD | New Jersey Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/09/2009 - 06/30/2011
Fellowship in Vitreo - Retinal Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2009
Residency in Ophthalmology at Rutgers/New Jersey Medical School GME <10 yrs ago

07/01/2005 - 06/30/2006
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Lenox Hill Hospital

08/01/1997 - 12/31/1998
Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1995 - 07/31/1997
Fellowship in Ophthalmology at USC/Doheny Eye Institute

04/01/1994 - 04/15/1995
Internship at Bangalore Medical College (India)

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Journal Articles

Gullapalli VK, DiLoreto DA. "Migration of intravitreal dexamethasone implant to anterior chamber." Retinal cases & brief reports.. 2013 7(1):111-3.

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. "Cell-deposited matrix improves retinal pigment epithelium survival on aged submacular human Bruch's membrane." Investigative ophthalmology & visual science.. 2011 Mar 10; 52(3):1345-58. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

Gullapalli VK, Sugino IK, Zarbin MA. "Culture-induced increase in alpha integrin subunit expression in retinal pigment epithelium is important for improved resurfacing of aged human Bruch's membrane." Experimental eye research.. 2008 Feb; 86(2):189-200. Epub 2007 Dec 11.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Transplantation Frontiers
Book Title: Ryan's Retina
Author List: Gullapalli VK, Sugino IK, Zarbin MA
Published By: Elsevier 2021

Chapter Title: Transplantation Frontiers
Book Title: Ryan's Retina
Author List: Gullapalli VK, Khodair MA, Kolomeyer AM, Sugino IK, Madreperla S, Zarbin MA
Edited By: Schachat AP
Published By: Elsevier 2017

Chapter Title: Transplantation Frontiers
Book Title: Retina 5th Ed
Author List: Gullapalli VK, Khodair MA, Wang H, Sugino IK, Madreperla S, Zarbin MA
Edited By: Ryan SG
Published By: Elsevier 2013