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Last Updated: February 2021
Fellowship in Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services
Director : Dr.  Bipasha Mukherjee, M.S., D.N.B
Prof Emeritus: Dr.  Nirmala Subramanian, M.S., M.Ch
Deputy Director Dr. Md. Shahid Alam, M.S. (SN Kolkata)
Associate consultant Dr. Kirthi Koka, M.S.
Associate consultant Dr. Nisar Sonam Poonam, M.S.
Associate consultant Dr. Varsha Backiavathy, D.O., D.N.B
Associate consultant Dr. Debi Kundu, M.S. (SN Kolkata)

Duration: 2 Years
Numbers of positions/year: 2 (one every 6 months)
Research fellowship: Duration - 6 months
Starting Date: 1st January & 1st July
Application Deadline: 31st October & 30th April
Selection Process: Written test & Interview in November & May

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, Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive, & Aesthetics Services

Sankara Nethralaya
Old no.18, New no. 41, College Road
Chennai - 600006.
Telephone: 91-44-28271616
Fax: 91-44-28254180
Ancillary training sites
Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center, Dr. V.G Appukutty Campus,
No 8, GST Road, ST. Thomas Mount, Chennai – 600 016
VRR Scan Center, Habibullah Road, Chennai

Dr. Bipasha Mukherjee, M.S., D.N.B., FICO.

Dr. Mukherjee is from Kolkata, India. After completing her under-graduation she attained MS (Ophthalmology) from Aligarh Muslim University and Diplomate of National Board (DNB). She did Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty in Aravind Eye Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Madurai. She worked as Senior consultant and Deputy Medical Superintendent in M.P.Birla Eye Clinic, Kolkata, in collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospitals. She was awarded the International Council of Ophthalmology fellowship in France, under Prof. Jean-Paul Adenis, former President of European Society of OculoPlastic& Reconstructive Surgeons. She has undergone further training and observerships in the field of Orbit and Oculoplasty in Moorfields Eye Hospital, London; Bristol Royal Infirmary, UK University of British Columbia, Vancouver; and Greenbay, Wisconsin. She joined Sankara Nethralaya in 2005 and currently heads the department of Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Services. She has many international presentations & publications to her credit. Her areas of continued interest include teaching; Orbital tumors, Complex trauma, & Reconstructive lid surgeries.


Dr. Nirmala Subramanian, M.S., M.Ch.

Senior Plastic Surgeon associated with Sankara Nethralaya from 1981. M.B.B.S. & M.S. (Gen Surg.) from AIIMS, New Delhi and M.Ch (Plastic Surgery) from Madras Medical College. Extensive experience in Plastic Surgery, Burns, Hand Surgery and Micro vascular Surgery. Retired from Tamil Nadu Government Services as a Professor & Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Kilpauk Medical College & Hospital. Held the post of President of All India Oculoplastic Association. Areas of Interest include Orbital Surgery, Ptosis Surgery & Esthetic Periocular Surgery.


Dr. Md Shahid Alam, M.S., FICO, FAICO.

Completed MBBS from Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital and M.S from the prestigious Institute of Ophthalmology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Did 2 years fellowship in Orbit and Oculoplasty from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai followed by 2 months of fellowship in Phacoemulsification surgery at the same institute. Worked as Associate consultant for 3 years in the department of Orbit and Oculoplasty at Sankara Nethrlaya, Chennai, and currently working and heading the department at its Kolkata branch. His area of interest is Orbital and adnexal oncology.


Dr. Kirthi Koka, M.S.

She has completed her MBBS from Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, Chennai and M.S (Ophthalmology) from Stanley Medical College, Chennai. She completed a 2 year clinical fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. She has completed an observeship at the Moran eye center, Utah and a short term observership in orbital oncology under Dr. Bita Esmaeli at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Her areas of interest include orbit and eyelid surgeries, ocular oncology and aesthetics. She is in charge of the fellowship training program.


Dr. Nisar Sonam Poonam, M.S.

She is currently incharge of the Ocular Prosthetic Clinic and has a special interest in ocular trauma, aesthetics and management of thyroid eye disease. She completed her basic medical education from SDM College of Medical Sciences & Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka. She finished her masters in Ophthalmology from Mamata Medical College & Hospital, Khammam, Telangana. She did her research cum clinical fellowship in Orbit, Oculoplasty, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Services at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. Before joining Sankara Nethralaya she was incharge of the Department of Orbit and Oculoplasty at Nethradhama Super Speciality Eye Hospital, Bangalore.

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Dr. Varsha Backiavathy, D.O., D.N.B, FICO

Dr.Varsha Backiavathy obtained her MBBS degree from CMC Vellore. She attained D.O. from CMC, Vellore and DNB from Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai . Following this she did her specialization in Orbit and Oculoplasty at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. She has also obtained the International council of ophthalmology fellowship in Ophthalmology. Her field of interests includes orbital and lid surgeries.

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Dr. Debi Kundu, M.S.

Dr. Kundu has completed MBBS & M.D. (Anatomy) from Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College, Kolkata and M.S. (ophthalmology) from R. G. Kar Medical College, Kolkata. She did a fellowship in General Ophthalmology (2 years course with 14 months of Oculoplasty training) from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai and Kolkata. Her areas of interest include Lid reconstruction, Ptosis surgeries, Trauma & Orbital tumor management.

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Supporting faculty
Dr. J. Biswas, M.S. Ophthalmology
Dr. K.Krishnakumar, M.D. Pathology
Dr. Veena Noronha, M.D. Radiology
Dr. Swatee Halbe, M.D. Interventional Radiology
Visiting faculty
Dr. Sumathy, M.S. E.N.T.
Dr. Ramesh, M.S. E.N.T.
Dr. Ananthnarayanan, M.D.S. Orofacio - Maxillary Surgeon
Dr. Julius Scott, M.D Medical Oncology
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. 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
Orbit, Oculoplasty, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Services
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!

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