S. S. Badrinath
Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath

(1940-02-24)24 February 1940[1]
Died21 November 2023(2023-11-21) (aged 83)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India[citation needed]
EducationM.B.B.S., M.D., F.R.C.S
SpouseVasanthi Badrinath
Scientific career
FieldsOphthalmology, vitreo-retinal surgery

Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath (24 February 1940 – 21 November 2023) was an Indian ophthalmologist who was the founder and chairman emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya, one of India's largest charitable eye hospitals.[2] He was an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences.[3] He received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India in 1996. He also received many other awards, including Padma Shri and the Dr. B. C. Roy Award.

Early life

Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath was born in Triplicane, a suburb of Chennai, India. His father, S. V. Srinivasa Rao, an engineer, was employed in the Madras Government Service. His mother, Lakshmi Devi, was the daughter of an advocate from Nerur, Tamil Nadu. Both of his parents died while he was still in his teens, and he completed his medical studies with the insurance money obtained following the death of his father. Beginning his education late at age 7 due to a childhood illness, Badrinath studied at PS High School, Mylapore, and Sri Ramakrishna Mission High School, Chennai. He completed his collegiate studies at Loyola College between 1955 and 1957.[4][5]

Medical career

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Badrinath graduated from the Madras Medical College, Madras, in 1963. He did his internship and a year of internal medicine residency at the Glasslands Hospital, New York. Following his studies of Basic Sciences in Ophthalmology at the New York University medical school, he did his residency in Ophthalmology at the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, and a fellowship with Charles Schepens at the Retina Service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1969 and diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1970. He returned to India in 1970, and for a period of six years worked at the Voluntary Health Services in Chennai as a consultant. He set up a private practice in ophthalmology and vitreoretinal surgery at the H.M. Hospital (1970 to 1972) and Vijaya Hospital, Chennai (1973 to 1978). He had over 60 peer reviewed publications.[6]

Sankara Nethralaya

In 1978, Badrinath, along with a group of philanthropists, founded the Medical & Vision Research Foundations in Madras in 1978. Sankara Nethralaya, a charitable not-for-profit eye hospital is a unit of the Medical Research Foundation.[7]

On average, 1200 patients are seen and 100 surgeries are performed every day.[8] From its inception in 1978, Sankara Nethralaya has offered fellowship programmes in Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, Cornea, Oculoplasty, Glaucoma, Uvea, and General Ophthalmology to holders of postgraduate degrees and diplomas in Ophthalmology. The institute also offers training programmes for graduates in Ophthalmology.[9]


S. S. Badrinath died on 21 November 2023, at the age of 83.[5][10]

Awards and honours


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  3. ^ a b "List of Fellows - NAMS" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Know Our Luminaries". Squintmaster.com. 3 June 1967. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
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  6. ^ Search Results for author Badrinath SS on PubMed.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ "Education". Sankaranethralaya.org. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ S.S. Badrinath, founder of Chennai’s Sankara Nethralaya passes away
  11. ^ a b c "Chennai's trinity of eye specialists honoured". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  12. ^ "List of Fellows" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Science (India). p. 8.
  13. ^ "Award for Shankar Netralaya founder". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Life Time Achievement Award – Vitreo Retina Society". Retrieved 22 May 2021.