Pradeep Yammanuru Ramulu, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Chief, Glaucoma Division
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Languages: English, Spanish, Telugu


Cataracts, Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Glaucoma Surgery, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Glaucoma more

Research Interests

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

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-6052
600 N. Wolfe Street
Wilmer Eye Institute
Baltimore, MD 21287
Fax: 410-955-1985
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Dr. Pradeep Ramulu is a glaucoma specialist and the director of the Wilmer Eye Institute glaucoma division. 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.

The Sheila K. West Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, 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 Wilmer in 2006. more


  • Chief, Glaucoma Division
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD PhD; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2002)


  • Ophthalmology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2006)


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.

Selected Publications

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(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.

Activities & Honors


  • America's Best Eye Doctors 2021, Newsweek, 2021
  • Pisert Award, Lighthouse Guild, 2016
  • Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award, 2009
  • Career Development Award, American Glaucoma Society , 2008
  • Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2008
  • Heed Fellowship in Ophthalmology, 2006
  • Outstanding Senior Resident, Wilmer Eye Institute / Greater Baltimore Medical Center, 2006


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2003
  • American Glaucoma Society, 2007
  • Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), 2002

Professional Activities

  • Day Organization Committee, Glaucoma Subspecialty
  • Editorial Board, CBMC Ophthalmology
  • Public Policy Committee, Glaucoma Subspecialty
  • Research and Regulatory Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Stubborn Problem Meets Its Match, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Nov. 2021)

Mentoring as Our Mission: Enhancing Diversity in the Ophthalmology Pipeline, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Oct. 2021)

Celebrating Black History Month at Wilmer, Johns Hopkins Medicine (Feb. 2021)


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