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Pradeep Yammanuru Ramulu, MD PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Centers & Institutes

  • Wilmer Eye Institute Research


Glaucoma, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Glaucoma

Research Interests

Aging and Vision; Visual Disability and Rehabilitation; Glaucoma; Dry Eye


Dr. Ramulu grew up in suburban Chicago, and became interested in the eye during medical school, during which time he studied the genes and proteins of the eye with Dr. Jeremy Nathans. After pursuing a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship training in glaucoma, he joined the Wilmer glaucoma faculty in 2006, where he specializes in caring for both routine and complex glaucomas, including glaucomas requiring repeat operations, glaucoma occurring in the context of corneal or retinal disease and glaucoma occurring in newborns and young children.

Dr. Ramulu's research focuses primarily on how glaucoma affects the individual. Specifically, he has studied the types of difficulties that glaucoma patients experience with regards to reading, walking, falling, driving and traveling outside the home. His long-term interests are to understand when and how glaucoma should be treated based on a more complete understanding of how patients are affected by their disease. Additionally, his work is geared toward developing rehabilitative strategies for individuals with severe vision loss from glaucoma and in developing recommendations to increase the safety and quality of life of all individuals with glaucoma.


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Telugu


2003-Present American Academy of Ophthalmology
2002-Present Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO)
2007-Present American Glaucoma Society
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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2002)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Ophthalmology (Baltimore MD ) (2006)


    • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine / Glaucoma (Miami FL ) (2007)


    • Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology (2008)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    (10 papers from a list of over 40 peer reviewed publications)

    1. Kavitha S, Zebardast N, Palaniswamy K, Wojciechowski R, Chan ES, Friedman DS, Venkatesh R, Ramulu PY. Family history is a strong risk factor for prevalent angle closure in a South Indian population. Ophthalmology. In press.

    2. Brown JC, Goldstein JE, Chan TL, Massof R, Ramulu PY, and the Low Vision Research Network Study Group. Description of Functional Complaints in Patients Seeking Outpatient Low Vision Services in the United States. Ophthalmology. In press.

    3. Sherrod CE, Vitale SE, Frick KD, Ramulu PY. The association of vision loss with work status in the United States. JAMA Ophthalmology. In press.

    4. Sengupta S, van Landingham SW, Solomon SD, Do DV, Friedman DS, Ramulu PY. Driving habits in older patients with central vision loss. Ophthalmology. 2014;121(3):727-32.

    5. Mathews PM, Ramulu PY, Friedman DS, Utine CA, Akpek EK. Evaluation of Ocular Surface Disease in Patients with Glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2013;120(11):2241-8.

    6. Ramulu PY, Swenor BK, Jefferys JL, Friedman DS, Rubin GS. Difficulty with Out-loud and Silent Reading in Glaucoma. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. 2013;54(1):666-72.

    7. Ramulu PY, van Landingham SW, Massof RW, Chan ES, Ferrucci L, Friedman DS. Fear of Falling in Glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(7):1352-8.

    8. Ramulu PY, Maul E, Hochberg C, Chan ES, Ferrucci L, Friedman DS. Real-World Assessment of Walking and Physical Activity in Glaucoma Using an Accelerometer. Ophthalmology. 2012;119(6):1159-66.

    9. Willis JR, Jefferys JL, Vitale S, Ramulu PY. Visual Impairment, Uncorrected Refractive Error, and Accelerometer-Defined Physical Activity in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmol. 2012;130(3):329-35.

    10. Ramulu, PY. Glaucoma and Disability: Which tasks are affected, and at what stage of disease? Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2009;20(2):92-8.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    2009 Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award

    2008 American Glaucoma Society Career Development Award

    2008 Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

    2006 Heed Fellowship in Ophthalmology

    2006 Outstanding Senior Resident, Wilmer Eye Institute / Greater Baltimore Medical Center

    Professional Activities

    Dr. Ramulu has authored over 50 articles and book chapters, spoken at numerous national and international Ophthalmology and vision research meetings. He serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Research and Regulatory Committee, Glaucoma Subspecialty Day Organization Committe, as well as its Public Policy Committee. He has received both the Achievement and Secretariat Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is on the editorial board of BMC Ophthalmology, and reviews papers for numerous other ophthalmic journals.

    Dr. Ramulu has received continuous grant support as a principal investigator through the National Eye Institute since 2007, and has also received support through numerous other agencies including Research to Prevent Blindness, the American Glaucoma Society and the American Geriatrics Society.

  • Videos & Media +


    Meet Dr. Ramulu

    Dr. Pradeep Ramulu is an ophthalmologist specializing in both routine and complex glaucoma, including glaucoma occurring in the context of corneal or retinal disease and glaucoma in children. Visit

    Decreasing Glaucoma's Impact

    Dr. Pradeep Ramulu talks about the work the Wilmer Eye Institute is doing to study and improve the reading and physical activity of patients suffering from glaucoma. For more information:

    International Research: Angle-Closure Glaucoma in Asia

    Wilmer Eye Institute professors discuss their research on angle-closure glaucoma in China, Singapore and India. For more information:

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