J. S. Titiyal
Tidang, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India
AwardsPadma Shri

Jeewan Singh Titiyal is an Indian ophthalmologist, credited with the first live cornea transplant surgery by an Indian doctor.[1] He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to the field of medicine.[2]


Cornea transplant one day after surgery.

Titiyal is the first Indian eye surgeon who conducted live cornea transplantation at American Academy two years ago and got international fame,, said Dr. Govind, in 2014.[1]

A pair of Intacs after insertion into the cornea

Jeewan Singh Titiyal was born at Tidang, a small village in Dharchula, Pithoragarh district, along the Indo-Nepalese border in Uttarakhand state in India and did his early schooling at a local school in Dharchula.[1] Choosing a career in medicine, Titiyal graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and did his higher studies in ophthalmology from Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences at AIIMS. He completed his senior residency in cornea and refractive unit from the same institute.[3][4] Dr. Titiyal, on completion of his senior residency, joined the faculty of Dr. RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences itself, January 1991, to kick start his career and has been working there ever since. Rising up the ranks, he is now a Professor there, head of unit in the cornea and refractive surgery division.[1][3]

Titiyal's sibling, Dr. Govind Singh Titiyal, is also an ophthalmologist and Professor, working in Susheela Tiwari Medical College, Haldwani, Uttrakhand.[1]

Achievements and legacy

J. S. Titiyal, as a specialist in Keratoplasty, Refractive surgery, Stem Cell transplantation, Contact lens, Low Vision Aid and Cataract including Phacoemulsification and Pediatric cataract,[3][4] has several notable achievements during his career. He is reported to have performed the first live cornea transplantation surgery among Indian surgeons.[1] He is credited with the first Intacs procedure for complex corneal problems.[5] He has done successful surgeries on many eminent personalities such as Dalai Lama, Manmohan Singh, former Indian Prime Minister, Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi, Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi and Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab, among others.[1]

Titiyal delivered the first Dr. B. D. Joshi Oration on Therapeutic Contact Lenses in June 1999, organized by Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society.[3][6] He has organized three international conferences on ophthalmology, the most notable one being the Orbis International, at New Delhi, in 1999.[3] He regularly takes part in national and international conferences to give lectures and live surgical demonstrations.[3] He has conducted various free eye camps across the country such as:[3][4]

In 2001, Titiyal conducted a training program, in Thiruvananthapuram, in September 2001, on invitation from the Government of Kerala.[4] He sits on the examination boards of various universities for their medical examinations and serves as the official advisor to the Union Public Service Commission.[1][3]


Dr. J. S. Titiyal has been associated with many organizations, working with them holding positions of responsibility.

Awards and recognitions

Titiyal was honoured by the Government of India by awarding him the Padma Shri, in 2014, in recognition of his efforts to the cause of medicine.[2]


Titiyal has written many articles which have been published in per-reviewed journals of international repute.[8] He has also written chapters in many ophthalmological text books.[3] He is the Chief Editor of DOS Times,[9] the monthly bulletin of Delhi Ophthalmological Society.[3][4]

Selected articles


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The Tribune". 27 January 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Padma Awards Announced". Circular. Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Professor of Ophthalmology". AIIMS. 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Sehat". Sehat.com. 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Intacs". Getty Images. 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e "JS Titiyal". Vidwan. 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Eye Bank". Viewpoints.com. 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Microsoft Academic Search Profile". Microsoft Academic Search. 2013. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  9. ^ "DOS Times". Delhi Ophthalmological Society. 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.