LinkedIn You Tube Instagram


Background History

The department of Ophthalmology was founded in 1926. It was jointly headed by Dr Ratnakar and Dr G.T.Mody. There is an outpatients’ section on all days of the week and surgeries are performed in operation theatre on all days. This department has a special ward for keratoplasty pateints. The department provides complete eye care in the form of various ophthalmic procedurs like glaucoma surgery, squint surgery, occuloplasty surgery, paediatric cataract surgery , C3R for keratoconus, intraocular lens implantation, keratoplasty,flourocien angiography and vitreo-retinal surgery. There are various diagnostic facilties like ultrasound, slit lamp, perimetry,and fundus camera for outpatients and those referred for specialized services like corneal topo, B scan, OCT, optical biometry, handheld pachymetry, autorefractometer for paediatric evalutaion,VEP, ERG.

There is a well established eye bank with facilities for enucleation, storage and use of eyeballs .This department is a well known centre for diseases of posterior segment of the eye. Photocoagultaion is done with double frquency YAG, YAG PI for glaucoma & YAG post. Capsulotomy for post capsule opacification post cataract surgery, SLT is available for glaucoma.

VEP/ERG and Laser indirect ophthalmoscope inauguration

Inauguration of state of the art equipment in Department of Ophthalmology ,

1]Visual evoked potential [VEP] and Electroretinogram[ ERG] machine on 12/08/2021 by Rotary club of Ghatkopar and Rotary club of Charlotte Hall USA and by Dr. Ila shah

This facility is available only in KEM Ophthalmology department amongst the government and BMC run hospital in the city of Mumbai

VEP/ERG is useful in the diagnosis of lesions of the optic nerve and visual pathway, it is used in the assessment of visual acuity and visual field both in infancy and adults. It is also useful for early detection of retinal disorders like CRAO/CRVO , cone rod dystrophy, Hydrochloroquine toxicity, Stargardt’s diseases, etc and also used in early diagnosis of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

2] Laser Indirect Ophthalmoscope[LIO] inaugurated on 2/09/2021 by Rotary club of Worli funded by Rotarion Mr Taizoon Khorakiwala and a matching international grant part of the project “Gift of Sight III’’ of 2.28 crore

LIO is useful for treatment of proliferative and non proliferative diabetic retinopathy, detection and treatment of Retinal tears and detachment, retinopathy of prematurity, etc

The goal of our department is to prevent, diagnose and treat the cause of visual impairment in poor and needy patients visiting our department at KEM Hospital.

Inauguration of State-Of-The-Art Equipment at the King Edward Memorial Hospital Department of Ophthalmology

In the Department of Ophthalmology, KEM Hospital, Inauguration of State of the art equipment were launched thanks to Rotary club of Worli, Rotarian Mr.Taizoon Khorakiwala, and Rotary Club international, who helped acquiregracious donations of the Rotary club. The inauguration was convened with the cutting of the ribbon and lighting of the lamp by Respected Dean of KEM Hospital Dr. Hemant Deshmukh, District Governor Rotarian Sunnil Mehra, past District Governer Harjit Singh Talwar, President of Rotary Club Nimesh Sanghrajka, Rotarian Jayant Nairi and Professor & Head of the Department of Ophthalmology Dr. Sheela Kerkar.

The following equipment was acquired in the Department-

  • Corneal Topographer with Aberrometer. KEM is the first BMC hospital to acquire this machine.
  • Corneal collagen cross-linking machine
  • Octopus visual field analyzer that localizes visual field defects along the nerve fibers to the optic disc is to be used for diagnosing and management of glaucoma as well as to aid Neurology and Neurosurgical patients via the detection in optic nerve pathologies
  • Operating microscope
  • Recording Device

The goal of the KEM Department of Ophthalmology is to eliminate and treat preventable blindness and visual impairment and with the extraordinary team of contributors, donors, doctors, staff and well-wishers, it is on the path towards reaching this very worthy and noble goal.


  • Dr Priyarthi Pradhan – Second runner up of the Golden hands award by the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society, October 2018
  • Dr Samruddhi Dani – Winning team at the Teachers of Tomorrow PG competition at Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society Conference, October 2018
  • Nehal Mehta- first prize in post graduate case presentation in PG fest, woman’s ophthalmology conference on 4/5/2019.
  • Dr. Samruddhi Dani- Dr. V. H. Majumdar award for standing 1st in MS Ophthalmology, Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital, 22/1/2020
  • Sayali Mahajan- AIOC 2021 Best Paper.
  • Supriya Tadkase- Best Paper in MOSCON 2022


  • CMEs conducted in department of ophthalmology
  • 7 September 2019- posterior uveitis CME by Dr.ParitoshKamdar.
  • 31 August 2019- diabetic retinopathy CME by Dr.ParitoshKamdar
  • 18 may 2019- pseudophakic cystoid macular edema CME by Dr.ParitoshKamdar
  • Brolucizumab CME by Dr. Sheela Kerkar & Dr. Aniruddha
  • Phacoshala Programme- Dr. Avinash Ingole

Sr. No. Name of the Faculty Designation
1 Dr. Avinash Ingole Professor and Head of the Department
2 Dr. Anamika Agrawal Professor and HOU
3 Dr. Sheela Kerkar Professor Emeritus
4 Dr.Kokila Kamath Associate (ad hoc) professor
5 Dr. Sayali Mahajan Assistant Professor
6 Dr. Kruti Shah Assistant Professor


In the outpatients department various procedures are performd like trial glasses, retinocsopy, slit lamp examination, indirect ophtlalmoscopy, direct ophthlamoscopy, perimetry ,keratometry, tonometry, synaptophore, YAG laser, retinal photo coagulation etc.

In the operation theatre various anterior and posterior segment surgeries are performed everyday.

There is well equipped library in the dept for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Clinics
  • Meetings and Conferences
  • School Clinic
  • Eye Camps

There have been about 45 publications in the last 10 years, from the department.

List of publications in department of ophthalmology in this year-

  • Rao E, Mishra M, Kerkar S, Ahuja A. Correlation of Optical Coherence Tomographic Findings with Clinical Features in High Myopia. International Journal of Recent Surgical and Medical Sciences. 2019 Jan;5(01):019-25.

  • Mishra M, Kerkar SP, Dani S, Pradhan P, Gandhi B, Desai SS. Retinitis sclopetaria in blast injury. Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research. 2019 May 1;7(2):81.

  • “A study of clinical profile, management and outcomes of thermal ocular injuries at a tertiary care institute”, international journal of scientific research, 2019

  • Kerkar SP, Ahuja AA, Pawar N, Nikam SC. To Compare the Surgically Induced Astigmatism in Small Incision Cataract Surgery: Superior Tunnel Incision versus Temporal Clear Corneal Incision.

  • Sheela Kerkar, Dr. Saba Khan -Cross sectional study of prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in population older than 40 years of age in a tertiary centre

Under review-

  • Dr. Nitin Pawar, Study of visual outcomes in ocular trauma in pediatric age group Applied for publication in Oman journal of ophthalmology

Paper presentations-

  • Bilateral Neurotrophic keratitis in a case of hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type VIII- Dr.Samruddhi Dani, AIOS
  • Filamentary Keratitis- Longitudinal Study of 19 eyes over one year at a Tertiary Care Centre-Dr.Priyarthi Pradhan, AIOS

Awards and Honors

  • Moscon Paper presentation winner in community of ophthalmology/oculoplasty- Dr. Supriya Tadkase
  • Nominee in Golden Hands Awards held in Laxmi Eye Institue, Panvel- Dr. Zahara Kothawala
  • Successfully completed Part A and Part B of ICO Examination- Dr. Zahara Kothawala
  • Paper presentation in non healing contused lacerated wound of the lid- Dr. Zahara Kothawala
  • Paper presentation in MOG Antibodies in a paediatric case of atypical optic neuritis – Dr.Zahara Kothawala
  • Poster presentation in Ahmed Glaucoma Valve Tube to the Rescue of UGH syndrome- Dr. Supriya Tadkase
  • Moscon 2022 october, paper presentation on “Uncontrolled sugars in pediatric patient: Always think of mucormycosis”- Dr. Makarand Shegokar
  • Paper presentation:Salvaging globe structure vs performing destructive surgery- an eternal dilemma – Dr. Komal Malpani
  • Paper presentation in AIOC 2022- Hyperbaric oxygen therapying treatment of mucormycosis- a promising therapy- Dr. Sayali Mahajan
  • Teaching programs conducted for PG students in shanmukhananda hall, Matunga and nearby medical colleges- Dr. Sayali Mahajan
  • Women ophthalmic society- An interesting case of seld migrating foreign body- Dr. Shilpa Vasanth
  • Poster- 1)Funny pupils, an incidental case of axenfeld reiger 2) Hide and seek- a self migrating metallic foreign body- Dr. Shilpa Vasanth
  1. M.S. Ophhtalmology – 3year residency programme – 5 Seats


There are two units

  • Unit II
    OPD Tue/Thus. / Saturday Dr. Avinash Ingole – (Prof. & Head of Dept )

Dr. Sayali Mahajan (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Kruti Shah (Assistant Professor)

  • Unit I
    OPD Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday A.H.Agrawal (Prof. & Head of Unit)
  • K.G.Kamath (Associate Professor)
  • Our OPD timings are:
    30 a.m. TO 2.00 p.m.

Specialty OPD Days

Specialty Days Name of Consultant
Oculoplasty Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Dr. Avinash B. Ingole

Dr. Smita Menon

Retina Thursday Dr. Aniruddh Mahendrakar
Tuesday, Friday Dr. Vikram Nakhate
Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Wednesday, Thursday Dr. Sayali Mahajan
Glaucoma Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Dr. Avinash B. Ingole

Dr. Arjun Gokani

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Dr. Anamika H. Agrawal
Cornea & Ocular Surface Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Dr. Kruti Shah

2021 Meetings Brief

Three online meetings were held on 9th March 2021, 3rd June 2021, 28th December 2021. The meetings were chaired by Dean (G&K)

The continued COVID situation and the huge second wave necessitated the need to reemphasize control measures, enhance testing and monitor COVID appropriate behaviour. Antibiogram of pus and adult blood culture was presented in the meeting of 9th March.

In the meeting of 3rd June, the recent GoI directive on implementation of IPC in the wake of the second wave was reviewed, gaps were identified and measures to fill them were suggested. The guidelines provided by GoM on infection control measures with special regard to mucormycosis were also reviewed. A separate email id has been created for departments to send their surveillance data.

In view of the rising positivity in December 2021, preparation for the third wave was reviewed. The WHO advisory on ‘IPC in health care facilities in the event of a surge in COVID -19’ dated 16th December 2021 was reviewed. Antibiogram of MICU and NICU for the period June-November 2021 was presented. Strict implementation of pre-treatment of laboratory waste by labs where autoclaving was not being carried out through the microwave machines installed at gate number 8 was discussed.


List of ongoing projects other than dissertations

  • Utility of Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 assay for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 in a tertiary care center.
  • Retesting of rifampicin resistant tuberculosis in newly diagnosed pulmonary tuberculosis patients .
  • Is there an association between Tuberculosis and COVID-19 – A questionnaire based study.
  • Comparison of Xpert MTB/RIF®, Line Probe Assay and culture in diagnosing Pulmonary Tuberculosis using samples collected by bronchoscopy.
  • Oral swab as an alternative specimen for diagnosis of Tuberculosis
  • Comparison of Gastric lavage/ sputum and Stool specimens in the diagnosis of Paediatric Pulmonary Tuberculosis- A pilot study
  • Utility of rapid antigen test for COVID-19 at a tertiary care centre.
  • Persistent positivity of SARS-CoV-2 RNA
  • IPC interventions and strategies in a burns unit

PG Dissertations

  • Prevalence of invasive aspergillosis in hematological patients in a tertiary care hospital.
  • Clinico-Microbiological relevance of significant bacteriuria in kidney transplant patients.
  • Seroprevalence of Hepatitis D in HBsAg positive patients at a tertiary care hospital
  • Utility of laboratory diagnostic tests in women suspected of Genital Tuberculosis attending a tertiary care teaching hospital.
  • Evaluation of diagnostic performance of Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra assay in suspected Tuberculous meningitis cases in tertiary care setting
  • Fosfomycin susceptibility in Enterobacteriaceae and Enterococcus species causing Urinary tract infections.
  • Incidence and risk factors for catheter related blood stream infections in dialysis patients.
  • Prevalence of Hepatitis A and E in acute viral hepatitis patients.

For Student

Courses Offered
M.D – Microbiology (Six registrations a year) Affiliated to MUHS, Nashik, MCI recognised


Lecture on Rubella,Rota and Corona viruses

Photo Gallery

Visit on 29 May 23 by Professor Joseph Muenzer, Pediatric Geneticist , University of North Carolina

Workshop on “Principles of Scientific Writing” 12, 13 October 2017, conducted for Pfizer Ltd

Mr Ashnik Chauhan at the DIA meeting in Chicago in June 2017

90 years of Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, January 2016