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Oculoplasty & Orbital Diseases

Ophthalmic issues the department addresses

The Department of Orbit and Oculoplasty at Sankara Nethralaya deals with the management of diseases and abnormalities of the orbit, eyelids and the lacrimal system.

Drooping of the upper eyelid (ptosis) is a common problem dealt by this Department. If the lid droop is very severe especially in young children, it can even lead to lazy eye (amblyopia). Hence correction of the condition is essential for functional and cosmetic improvement.

Orbit is the bony cavity enclosing the eye. The orbit can be the seat of tumors that cause protrusion of the eyeball (proptosis). The lacrimal system drains tears into the nose and could be the site of chronic infection (dacryocystitis).

These and several other diseases are managed by a group of dedicated full time Consultants. Around 1400 surgeries are performed every year in this Department.


The Department is ably supported by a well-equipped Ocular Pathology Department.


Cases of dacryosystitis and other allied surgeries can be tackled through nasal route by means of endoscope. The advantage is that an external scar is avoided.

An ENT surgeon is also attached as a visiting Consultant.


Surgical treatment for orbital tumors.

Socket Reconstruction

Surgical restoration of deformed sockets to improve cosmetic appearance.

Ocular prosthetics

There are two full-time skilled Ocularists to make customized artificial eyeshells to rehabilitate patients who have lost an eye due to various reasons.

Training and courses offered

Duration: 2 Years
Numbers of positions/year: 2 (one every 6 months)
Research fellowship: Duration - 6 months
Starting Date: 1st April & 1st October
Application Deadline: 31st January & 31st July
Selection Process: Written test & Interview in February & August


The applicant must have completed post-graduation (M.S/ M.D/ D.N.B) in ophthalmology prior to beginning the Fellowship.

Other Requirements

Medical license- The applicant must be registered with Medical Council of India


Current stipend is 25,000 INR per month (subject to change)
Annually, 14 days of paid vacation

Parent Department or Academic Unit:

Medical Research Foundation, Department of Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive, & Aesthetics

Sankara Nethralaya
Old no.18, New no. 41, College Road
Chennai - 600006.
Telephone: 91-44-28271616
Fax: 91-44-28254180

Administrative Contact:

Ms.Latha J.Vincent
Extn. No.: 1496
Primary Clinical Training Site
Sankara Nethralaya Main Hospital
18 College Road, Chennai -600006

Ancillary training sites

Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center, Greams Road, Chennai – 6.
VRR Scan Center, Habibullah Road, Chennai -17.

Description of the Fellowship

A fellow is expected to be well dressed, soft spoken and maintain utmost privacy about the clinical profile of the patients. Very high expectations for performance are balanced by a supportive and friendly environment.

The fellows are expected to have clinical analytical skills in all aspects of functional and cosmetic ophthalmic facial plastic case work ups. Pre- and post-operative patient evaluation occurs largely during office sessions at the OPD setting. Outpatient department (OPD) responsibilities involve the appropriate evaluation of various disorders, like ptosis and proptosis -history taking, clinical examination. In patient department (IPD) involves pre-operative and post-operative care.

The Fellowship begins with an exposure to the basic oculofacial reconstructive, aesthetic, ophthalmic plastic cases and surgery. After this core experience, exposure is possible in maxillo-facial surgery, ENT/facial plastic surgery, ocular surface diseases, strabismology, neuro-imaging and neuro-ophthalmology (optional). They will be posted once weekly in the community cataract center in the first six months. It is optional for the candidate to continue thereafter. Experience in radiology, pathology, and prosthetics is also provided. Elective time is designed to allow work on academic projects.

The fellows will have opportunity to assist and perform various surgical procedures like DCR, lid reconstructions, ptosis correction, entropion, ectropion, socket surgeries etc.

The fellow assists the faculty surgeons in orbital, lacrimal and adnexal and oculofacial reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries in the operating room (OR). The fellows are supervised at first by their preceptors and then allowed independent surgeries when they are deemed to acquire a basic level of surgical skill. During the last six months as senior residents, the fellows have their independent lists in OPD and OR and work as adjunct faculties, with increased responsibilities.

The fellows will attend all educational conferences offered by Sankara Nethralaya. There will be weekly academic meetings. The Fellow should develop expertise with the Oculoplasty literature and is asked to discuss articles at Department Journal Club Meetings, apart from monthly Departmental Grand Rounds. The Fellow conducts weekly orbit/plastics class. The fellows will have to keep him/herself updated about the recent developments in the field by reading all the latest journals that are available in our library, and present interesting articles in the weekly departmental meetings.

The fellows should maintain a logbook, which will be evaluated monthly by the preceptor.

The Fellow is actively involved in resident teaching in the OPD, IP and in the OR in preparation for academic endeavors following completion of the Fellowship. The Fellow gives a number of lectures to the residents and staff. The Fellow does a significant portion of the oculoplastics teaching at the Community Ophthalmology Center. During their senior residency, they may also be required to take classes for optometry (B.Sc.) students in the Elite School of Optometry.

In further preparation for teaching responsibilities following the Fellowship, the past Fellows have built large clinical image collections. The preceptors emphasize clinical photography in their practices.

High surgical volume and a well-maintained database provide excellent opportunities for clinical studies. Fellows are expected to actively generate publications and chapters during the Fellowship.

The preceptors are fully committed to the Fellow’s training and strive to produce the finest fellowship experience available in Oculofacial plastic surgery. Most Fellows go on to active participation in part-time or full-time academic positions.

Application for the Fellowship should be sent to:

Dr.Bipasha Mukherjee, Director
Department of Orbit, Oculoplasty & Trauma,
18 College Road,
Medical Research Foundation,
Chennai - 600006

The application should include your curriculum vitae, letters from your Department Chairperson, and testimonials from two other referees.

In an effort to get to know you better, we also request a handwritten essay to enable you to tell us more about yourself as a person. We review applications only after the above requirements have been met. An interview in Chennai will be requested of those applicants who seem to fit our program best.

Best Wishes!

Administrative questions may be directed to:
Ms.Latha J. Vincent

Please click here to download Application Form

Papers/Publications for last 10 years

Oribitaldisofilariasis. Bhipasha, Meghna, Biswas J, Veena. Annals of Tropical medicine & public health. Jan-Feb.2012

Principles & Practice of external digital photography in Ophthalmology. Bhipasha, Akshay. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology March-2012

Expert Opinion. Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee, M.S.,Dr. Pratheepa Devi - TNOA. 2013; Vol. 52: Issue: 2, 78 – 82

Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the lacrimal sac: Mukherjee B, Patel R, Biswas J, S. Krishnakumar. A clinico – pathological case study Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research, Vol. 2 Issue 1 January – April 2014

Transitional cells carcinoma of the lacrimal sac: A clinico-pathological case study. Bipasha M, Patel R, Biswas J, Krishnakumar S - Journal of Clin Ophthalmology Res 2014;2:27-9

A Rare Case of Bilateral Orbital Castleman Disease. Bipasha M, Md.ShahidAlam, S.Krishnakumar – Orbit2014 May 15:1-4

Acute Visual Loss with Ophthalmoplegia after Spinal Surgery: Report of a Case and Review of Literature. Bipasha M, Md.ShahidAlam. Indian J Ophthalmology 2014

Unilateral primary cutaneous amyloidosis of the eyelid masquerading as a chalazion. Nair AG, Mukherjee B, Krishnakumar S, Biswas J, Mehta RA. Can J Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct;49(5):e112-4

Pilomatrix carcinoma of the eyebrow. Pauly M1, Subramanian K, Anantharaman G, Anthony E - OphthalPlastReconstr Surg. 2015 Feb;31

Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia of the orbit with adnexa. Mukherjee B, Jayant K, Omega P, Krishna K, Biswas J – Ocular Oncology & Pathology April 2015

A giant apocrine hidrocystoma presenting no lacrimal gland mass. Mukherjee B, Arrnit D, Krishna K, Biswas J –Journal of Orbit April 2015

A stitch in time. Mukherjee B – Accepted in Journal of Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery 2015

Lantrogenic injury to MR during endoscopic sineus surgery. Bipasha M, Sumita A, Srikanth R - Journal of otolaryngology Aug.2015

Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with Eosinophilia. Bipasha M, Durga P, Biswas J, K Kumar – Journal of Ocular &Phacomology

Apocrine cyst. Bipasha M, Ramya A Journal of Orbit: July 2015

A Giant Apocrine Hidrocystoma Presenting as Lacrimal Gland Mass. Mukherjee B, Desai A, S K, Biswas J - Orbit. 2015 Oct9:-13

Cholesterol granuloma: a case series & review of literature. Shrirao N, Mukherjee B, Krishnakumar S, Biswas J - Arch ClinExpOphthalmol. 2015 Oct6.

Lipoid proteinosis: A rare entity. Mukherjee B, Devi PN - Indian Journal of Ophthalmol 2015;63:680-1

A stitch in time: Letter to editor. Mukherjee B - Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 2015

Iatrogenic Injury to Medial Rectus after Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. B Mukherjee, O Priyadarshini, Srikanth R, Sumita A - Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2015

Transcutaneous Endoscopic Orbital Surgery: A Less Morbid Alternative to Lateral orbitotomy. Md. Alam S, Mukherjee B, NaikM.Re – Journal of Orbit 2015

Eyelid excoriation and erythema after topical nepafenac eye drop. Accepted in Indian Dermatology Online Journal

Orbital angioleiomyoma: A rare orbital neoplasm. Alam MS, Subramanian N, Koka K, Subramanian Krishnakumar - Orbit. 2016 Feb 29:1-4

Orbital dermoid presenting as a case of ptosis n MED. Prasanth O, Bipasha M, Srikanth R - Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology Feb – 2016

Angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia of the orbit and adnexa. Mukherjee B, Kadaskar J, Priyadarshini O, Krishnakumar S, Biswas J – OculOncolPathol 2016

Nasolacrimal duck obstruction – does it ereally increase risk of ambloypiain children?.Akila R, Sumita A, Bipasha M – Accepted in Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.s

Emeritus Professor Dr. Nirmala Subramanian


Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee
Consultants Dr. Kirthi Koka
Dr. Vatsalya Vijay
Director - Oculoplasty & Orbital Diseases
Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee
Sankara Nethralaya (Main Campus)
No. 41 (old 18), College Road,
Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India
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Tel: 91-044-28271616 (12 lines)