Dr. Jagat Ram

Dr. Jagat Ram

Director, PGIMER Chandigarh

Dr Jagat Ram is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Advanced Eye Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India. He received his medical degree (MBBS) degree from Medical College Shimla in 1978, followed by residency in ophthalmology at PGIMER Chandigarh, India which he completed in June 1982. He was awarded WHO fellowship in the field of phacoemulsification at Storm Eye Institute, Charleston, USA in 1993-1994. Another fellowship in “Advanced phacoemulsification techniques and Pediatric Cataract Surgery” was awarded in 1998 in the same Institute. Prof. Jagat Ram has contributed substantially in the field of age-related cataract and pediatric cataract surgery during his career of 34 years in Ophthalmology. He excelled in teaching, research and patient care in these areas during this time. He has over 185 publications in the peer reviewed national and international Journals. In the year 1994 and 1998 while working with Professor David Apple in Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, USA, Dr. Jagat Ram analyzed the largest ever data base in the World, consisting of 5416 pseudophakic human eyes obtained postmortem using Miyake-Apple- view, to conduct a unique technical evaluation to demonstrate the effect of intra ocular lens material, design and posterior capsule opacification. The published results of his studies had a global impact in reducing cataract surgery complications. He introduced phacoemulsification surgery for the first time at PGIMER, Chandigarh in1994 and Republic of Seychelles in 2004. His work on “Posterior capsule opacification after cataract surgery and in-the-bag fixation of intraocular lenses” resulted in WHO award for best research work. He was invited to write Guest Editorials for Ophthalmology in 1999. He is one of the authors of a complete issue of a prestigious International Review Journal “Survey Ophthalmology” on Elimination of cataract blindness: A global perspective in 2000. He has published a unique first textbook on “Pediatric Cataract Surgery” in 2007. He has delivered over 350 guest lecturers in the national and international conferences.

He is reviewer for Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, American Academy Journal such as Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is on the Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology Imbued with a missionary zeal, Prof. Jagat Ram has offered his services as an eye surgeon free of cost in 102 Eye Relief and Screening Camps organized for the poorest of poor patients in several states. The most important of these free eye camps were organized for the rural patients at Beas, District Amritsar, Punjab where as many as 7000 to 8000 major cataract surgeries were performed every year. During two years deputation as consultant Ophthalmologist to Republic of Seychelles he eliminated cataract surgery backlog of that country.

He was awarded Dr Daljit Singh Gold Medal (2001) for significant contribution in the field of phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation by the Indian Intraocular and Refractive Society. Bombay Ophthalmological Association awarded a Gold Medal to him for exemplary work in the field of ophthalmology especially pediatric cataract surgery. He is recipient of prestigious Dr P. Siva Reddy International Award from All India Ophthalmological Society (2012) for his contribution in Cataract surgery and phacoemulsification “Posterior Capsular Opacification- major vision threatening complication after successful cataract surgery”.
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