Sundaram Natarajan
Born (1957-09-04) 4 September 1957 (age 66)[1]
Alma materMadras Medical College, Sankara Nethralaya
AwardsPadma Shri (2013)

Sundaram Natarajan is an Indian ophthalmologist. In 2002, he started a free clinic in Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai, and treated more than 8,000 people. He has also held free camps in various other suburbs of Mumbai such as Mankhurd and Govandi to treat the economically poor. In 2016, he also held a camp in Kashmir to operate and cure the victims of pellet gun firings.[2][3][4]

In 2013, he was awarded with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour.[1] As of January 2019, he is head of the Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital in Wadala, Mumbai.[5]


Natarajan graduated from the Madras Medical College in 1980. He completed his Diploma in Ophthalmology (D.O) at the University of Madras in 1984 and Fellowship in Retina and Vitreous Surgery (F.R.V.S) at Sankara Nethralaya in 1985.

He completed Fellow of All India Collegium of Ophthalmology (FAICO) in 2012, Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) in Glasgow in 2018, and Fellow of European Latino American Society of Ophthalmology (FELAS) in 2019.[6][7]

Awards and records

He was awarded Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, by President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee in 2013.

He holds a former Guinness World Record for the most diabetic eye screenings in 8 hours. This record was achieved when 649 diabetes patients were screened in Dharavi, Mumbai.

He is a "Character Inductee" of the Retina Hall of Fame, being one of two Indians listed in 2017.[8]

He was awarded a State Award for Meritorious Service by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir for creating a record by performing forty-seven vitreoretinal surgeries in two and a half days while in Jammu and Kashmir.

He holds a National Record in the Limca Book of Records for performing the first completely sutureless sclera bucking as well as a sutureless 23G vitrectomy.

Organizational awards

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Year Award Organization(s)
1991 Dr. E. Balakrishnan Memorial Award Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists, Madras
1995 Dr. V. K. Chitnis Oration Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society
1998 Dr. Joseph Gnanadickam Gold Medal Oration Award SROC and TNOA
Best Researcher Award Dr. P Siva Reddy Endowment fund, A.P. Akademi of Sciences
C.N. Shroff Award AIOC, Cochin
2001 Senior Honour Award Vitreous Society, USA
Best Video and Poster Award APAO, Taiwan
2005 Innovation Award Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society
Man of the Millennium (Ophthalmology) International Award Committee of Wisitex Foundation
Dr. Rustom Ranji Oration 29th AP Ophthalmological Society
Lifetime Achievement Award National & International Compendium, New Delhi
Gusi Peace Prize Gusi Peace Prize Foundation, Manila
2006 Man of the Year American Biographical Institute
Young Achiever Award ICON
Distinguished Service Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
2009 Lions Favourite Eye Specialist Lions Club of Mumbai
SSM Oration Award SSM Eye Research Foundation, Cochin
Achievement Award American Academy of Ophthalmology
2010 Dr. Sandeep Wagh Award
Anita Oration Award
2011 Air Marshal MS Bopari Award Ocular Trauma Society of India
Retina Oration Award 2011 SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology
Gold Medal Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Society, Delhi
Gold Medal Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association, Mumbai
Retina Foundation Oration Award Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad
2012 Achievement Award Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
2018 Senior Achievement Award American Academy of Ophthalmology
SAO Excellence Award SAARC Academy of Ophthalmology, Nepal
Tun Hussein Onn Oration Keshmahinder Singh Award Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, Thoneh
Prof. B.P.Kashyap Oration Award Jharkhand Ophthalmological Society (JHOS)
2019 The Legends Of Indian Ophthalmology Award iBeach Film Festival, GOA
Dr. Dhanwant Singh Oration Award Punjab Ophthalmological Society, Punjab


Current academic positions


  1. ^ a b "The good doctors". Pune Mirror. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ Saha, Abhishek (30 July 2016). "Mumbai's leading eye doctor treats pellet gun victims in Kashmir". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Tear gases and rubber bullets can cause permanent eye damage, eye injury, loss of vision, and blindness. In cases of chemical injury and eye trauma, protect the eyes and seek medical attention immediately". 3 June 2020.
  4. ^ Bishara, Yara. "The Victims of India's Pellet Guns" – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ "Meet our doctors - Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan". Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Prof.Dr. S.Natarajan". www.drsnatarajan.com.
  7. ^ "Dr S Natarajan appointed as President of All India Opthalmological Society". 19 February 2019.
  8. ^ "RHOF Charter Members". www.retinahalloffame.org.
  9. ^ "Prof. Dr S Natarajan | Health Care India".
  10. ^ Biswal, Ananya (23 February 2020). "New technology to reduce trauma in eye surgeries" – via www.thehindu.com.
  11. ^ "Governing Council". All India Ophthalmological Society. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Society Membership Criteria & Application". APAO. Retrieved 3 September 2021.