Bala Ambati, M.D.

At a very early age, Dr. Ambati gained a respect and admiration for those who work in the medical profession. Having spent months in a hospital at a young age, he experienced the compassion, dedication, and caring of skilled doctors and nurses. As he grew older the experience stayed with him with him so when it came time to choose a career path, medicine was a logical choice.

Dr. Ambati earned his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the age of 17, gaining the title of the world’s youngest doctor, and then began his remarkable career of compassionate medical care. The choice of becoming an Ophthalmologist was an easy one for him.

“In medical school, I enjoyed internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics. Ophthalmology combines all aspects of these. The chance to take care of patients of all ages allows one to diagnose and take care of patients with all sorts of conditions, perform exquisite surgery, and make a difference. It’s a happy field where what you do generally works. Taking the patch off after surgery is the best day of the week. Just seeing the smile when someone can see for the first time in a long time, and appreciate what they’ve been missing, whether it be colors, or details, or clarity, that’s just huge.”

While Dr. Ambati has performed thousands of cataract surgeries, LASIK surgeries, and other vision correction procedures, with expertise in cataract surgery, lifestyle & multifocal lens implants, laser cataract surgery, all-laser LASIK, corneal transplants, Intacs, ICLs, iris repair, and other corneal procedures, it is his humanitarian work in the United States and the world is remarkable.

Dr. Ambati has been recognized for his teaching excellence by a University of Utah Resident Research Mentor Award, the Gold Humanism Award, and by serving as an Instructor at the Harvard Cataract Course. His community and overseas service is consistent and giving: he has conducted free eye screenings in New York, Georgia, and Utah, and served as a volunteer eye surgeon with ORBIS, SightLife, Sight for the Sightless, and Help Mercy International in Ghana, Zambia, India, Panama, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

“I am most proud of my profession’s ability to make a difference. When you help someone see, you help that person re-engage with life, help their family caregiver (typically the youngest female relative) get back to work or school, and the community at large.”

Recently, Dr. Ambati was cited in 2015 at the #1 eye surgeon in the Top 40 under 40 global competition and made the Top 100 Power List of Ophthalmology by The Ophthalmologist magazine. Pacific Clear Vision Institute is proud to have Dr. Ambati as one of our doctors and we encourage you to book your appointment today and get to know this caring and compassionate surgeon.

Experience

Experience

Pacific Clear Vision Institute
Ophthalmologist and Director of Research (Dec. 2016 to Present)

University of Utah
Tenured Professor of Ophthalmology & Director, Cornea Research (July 2012-Present)
Associate Professor in Ophthalmology & Director, Cornea Research (Jan. 2008-2012)
Joint Appt: Associate Professor in Neurobiology & Anatomy (July 2008-Present)
Joint Appt: Associate Professor in Bioengineering (July 2009-Present)

Salt Lake City VA
Ophthalmologist – Jan. 2008 to May 2016

Medical College of Georgia
Primary Appt

  • Associate Professor in Ophthalmology & Director, Cornea Service (July 2006- Sept. 2007)
  • Asst. Professor in Ophthalmology & Director, Cornea Service (August 2002-July 2006)

Joint Appt. in Cell Biology & Anatomy (July 2003 to Sept. 2007)
Joint Appt. in Vascular Biology Center (July 2003 to Sept. 2007)
Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Augusta VAMC (July 2007)

Augusta VAMC
Ophthalmologist – July 2004 to Dec. 2007

Education
B.A. in Biology magna cum laude (New York University) (May 1991)
M.D. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine) (May 1995)
Ph.D. in Cell Biology (Medical College of Georgia) (May 2008)
MBA (University of Utah) (May 2010)

Education

2008 PhD in Cell Biology Medical College of Georgia
2002 – 2007 Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Medical College of Georgia
2001 – 2002 Fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery Duke University Eye Center
1998 – 2001 Residency in Ophthalmology Harvard, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
1998 Residency in Internal Medicine Beth, Israel
1995 Medical Doctorate Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Professional Training & Board Certifications

June 1998 Completed residency in internal medicine (Beth Israel Medical Center)
June 2001 Completed ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (Harvard)
June 2002 Completed cornea fellowship at Duke University Eye Center
July 2003 Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology
August 1998 Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional History

Professional History

2016 – Current Practicing Opthalmologist Pacific ClearVision Institute
2008- 2016 Professor Of Ophthalmology University of Utah Moran Eye Center
2008 PhD in Cell Biology Medical College of Georgia
2002 – 2007 Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Medical College of Georgia
2001 – 2002 Fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery Duke University Eye Center
1998 – 2001 Residency in Ophthalmology Harvard, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
1998 Residency in Internal Medicine Beth, Israel
1995 Medical Doctorate Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Community Activities

Community Activities

2010 National Lab Day Volunteer Instructor at Salt Lake Math & Science Academy
2003 – 2004 Leadership Augusta Program Module Leader and Commencement Speaker for Junior Medical League of Augusta
Co-founder of AVASC Foundation which sponsors talented students in India & America, and conducts Educational Excellence Program
Tutor in S.T.A.T.S. (Students Teaching AIDS to Students) and Heart Smart (programs for health education for middle & high school student
2006 Judge for the Siemens Science & Technology Competition
2001 -2011 Judge for the AVASC Foundation at International Science & Engineering Fair
2001 – 2004 Judge for the Intel Science Talent Search
1999 – 2000 Judge for the US Navy at International Science & Engineering Fair
1991 – 1999 Judge for the New York City Science & Technology Expo

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

2018 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award
2016 Inducted to American Society of Clinical Investigation
2016 Elected to Top 100 Power List by the Ophthalmologist
2015 #1 Ophthalmologist in Top 40 under 40 Competition by the Ophthalmologist (Magazine)
2014 ARVO Ludwig von Sallman Clinician Scientist Award
2014 Arnold Gold Humanism Award (U. Utah)
2013 Troutman-Veronneau Prize for Cornea Research
2012 ARVO/Genentech Award for Research in Macular Degeneration
2011 Utah Health Care Hero
2010 Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) Award
2010 Asian American Entrepreneur of the Year (Utah Chamber of Commerce)
2009 State of Utah Center of Excellence (Start-up company iVeena)
2009 University of Utah Moran Eye Center Resident Research Mentor Award
2009 Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award
2009 Finalist, Burroughs Wellcome Clinician-Scientist Translational Research Competition
2006 Science Signaling Breakthrough of the Year
2006 MCG Creativity Award
2005 MCG Innovation Award
2005 Schepens Cornea Conference Young Investigator Award – 2005
2001 – 2002 Heed Ophthalmic Fellow
1999 National Eye Institute Travel Fellowship to ARVO (Association for Research in Visual Sciences
& Ophthalmology), 1999
1997, 1998 Appointed Senior Preceptor Resident – Beth Israel Medical Center
1997 Bridge Builder Asian American Leadership Award
1995 AMA Educational & Research Foundation – Jerome L. Pettis Scholarship for Excellence in Medical Communications
1994 Alpha Omega Alpha
1993 Elected to American Pathology Chairs Honors Society
1993 Pharmacology Patient Medical Information Award – SUNY Buffalo
1991 Phi Beta Kappa
1991 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team
1991 NYU Founder’s Day Scholar
1989 Presidential Scholar
1989 National Merit Scholar
1989 U.S. Navy National Science Award Winner
1989 Governor’s Salute to Excellence (Maryland’s Highest Civilian Honor)
1989 International Science & Engineering Fair Grand Award
1988 Westinghouse Science Talent Scholar

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