SriniVas R. Sadda, MD

Clinical Specialties

Age-related macular degeneration


Hereditary retinal degenerations


Diabetic retinopathy


Venous occlusive disease


Telemedicine screening and consultation programs


Electronic medical records


Retinal disease diagnosis and classification


Image Reading Center

Academic Degrees

Bachelor of Science

University of Michigan

Doctor of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Medical Retina & Neuro-ophthalmology

Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Research Interests

SriniVas R. Sadda, MD, is the Director, Artificial Intelligence & Imaging Research, Doheny Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After an internship at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, he returned to Johns Hopkins University and the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore for an ophthalmology residency as well as neuro-ophthalmology and medical retina fellowships.

Dr Sadda’s major research interests include automated retinal image analysis, retinal substructure assessment, advanced retinal imaging technologies, and vision restoration approaches. His research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and multiple private organizations including the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Research to Prevent Blindness, Foundation for Retinal Research, and the Macula Vision Research Foundation. He has organized multiple consensus efforts for the classification of various retinal disorders. Dr. Sadda has served as Principal Investigator for over 30 major clinical trials, and has led several international collaborative research programs. He is the founder and Emeritus Director of the Doheny Image Reading Center, one of the largest centralized reading centers in the world. He has more than 550 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 300 published abstracts. He authored the first edition of the textbook Emerging Technologies in Retinal Disease, as well as 20 other book chapters. As an invited lecturer, he has given more than 450 presentations around the country and the world, including multiple named lectures. Dr. Sadda also serves as an editorial board member of Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging, Retina, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Retina, and Ophthalmology. He is also an editor of the 5th edition of the Ryan’s Retina textbook.  He regularly serves the NIH Center for Scientific Review on study section.

Among Dr. Sadda’s awards and honors are a Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award, a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, a Senior Achievement Award and Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, John H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Award, the Macula Society Young Investigator Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Achievement Award, The Macula Society Paul Henkind Lecture and Award, and American Society of Retina Specialists Young Investigator Award. He has also received the Silver Fellow designation from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has been named to the Best Doctors of America list for several consecutive years.

Selected Publications

Xie X, Sultan W, Corradetti G, Lee JY, Song A, Pardeshi A, Yu F, Chopra V, Sadda SR, Xu BY, Huang AS. Assessing Accommodative Presbyopic Biometric Changes of The Entire Anterior Segment Using Single Swept-Source OCT Image Acquisitions. Eye (Lond). 2021 Feb 25. doi: 10.1038/s41433-020-01363-3. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33633350.

Wang D, Velaga SB, Grondin C, Au A, Nittala M, Chhablani J, Vupparaboina KK, Gunnemann F, Jung J, Kim JH, Ip M, Sadda S, Sarraf D. Pentosan Polysulfate Maculopathy: Prevalence, Spectrum of Disease, and Choroidal Imaging Analysis Based on Prospective Screening: Pentosan Maculopathy: Disease Spectrum & Choroidal Analysis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 Feb 27:S0002-9394(21)00090-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2021.02.025. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33651989.

Cheung CMG, Lai TYY, Teo K, Ruamviboonsuk P, Chen SJ, Kim JE, Gomi F, Koh AH, Kokame G, Jordan-Yu JM, Corvi F, Invernizzi A, Ogura Y, Tan C, Mitchell P, Gupta V, Chhablani J, Chakravarthy U, Sadda SR, Wong TY, Staurenghi G, Lee WK. Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy: Consensus Nomenclature and Non-Indocyanine Green Angiograph Diagnostic Criteria from the Asia-Pacific Ocular Imaging Society PCV Workgroup. Ophthalmology. 2021 Mar;128(3):443-452. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.08.006. Epub 2020 Aug 11. PMID: 32795496.

Corradetti G, Corvi F, Sadda SR. Subretinal Drusenoid Deposits Revealed by Color SLO and Retro-Mode Imaging. Ophthalmology. 2021 Mar;128(3):409. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2020.09.038. PMID: 33612167.

Ghasemi Falavarjani K, Anvari P, Dehghan Niri M, Molaei S, Abdi F, Shad E, Kazemi P, Sadda SR. The Effect of Intravitreal Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activator Injection on Diabetic Tractional Fibrovascular Membranes: Proposed Criteria Using Optical Coherence Tomography. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar 2:1120672121998224. doi: 10.1177/1120672121998224. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33653173.

Selected Awards & Honors

2015  ARVO Silver Fellow
2016  Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2016  Speaker of the Day, Hawaiian Eye/Retina
2017  Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Achievement Award
2017  The Macula Society Paul Henkind Lecture and Award Recipient
2017  ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award recipient
2017 – 2018  Best Doctors in America
2019 AAO Ophthalmology Seretariat Award
2021 ARVO Gold Fellow
2021  Recipient of the Macula Society Richard Green Award and Lecture
2021  Johns Hopkins Distinguished Medical Alumnus Medical Award Recipient
2022  Dowling Society ARVO Foundation Gala Award Recipient, ARVO
2022  Nataraja Pillai Oration Award
2023  Retina Society Award of Merit in Retina Research Recipient

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology

Office Locations

Doheny Eye Center UCLA

622 W. Duarte Road
Suite 101
Arcadia, CA 91007

Doheny Eye Center UCLA

625 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Suite 280
Pasadena, CA 91105