Dr. Muralidhar hails from Bangalore where he completed his masters in Ophthalmology (2002-2005) at the Regional Institute of Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, Bangalore medical college, Bangalore. He did a long-term clinical Cornea and Anterior Segment fellowship at the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad (2006-2007) and subsequently joined the Institute in 2007 as a clinical faculty. Muralidhar also in 2012-2013; completed a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA, under the mentorship of Prof. Edward M Wilson, who is a pioneer in pediatric cataract and anterior segment diseases.
Also, a short-term fellowship in pediatric anterior segment with special focus on genetics of anterior segment was shadowed under Prof. Ken Nischal, at Children hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. In addition, advanced refractive surgery fellowship done under Dr.George Warring IV at Magill Laser Vision Center, MUSC, Charleston, USA. Lamellar corneal surgery observership training programme under mentorship of Dr. Francis Price, Jr. Price Vision Group, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
He is ardent investigator and has published over 60 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, 12 book chapters in prominent textbooks and presented many papers and posters at international and national forums. He serves as a reviewer for numerous international journals including high impact journal like Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, BJO and European Journal of Ophthalmology.
He is also an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and the All India Ophthalmology Society.
Dr.Ramappa was bestowed with “Achievement award from American academy of Ophthalmology” in 2014 for his noteworthy contribution made to scientific community. Also, he was awarded the best poster presentation in 2014 at the AAO annual meeting, at Orlando in USA for his work on two decades of our experience in CHED, particularly in children. Also his videos on various lamellar surgeries in children received rave reviews from scientific committee of academy and were exclusively screened in the learning lounge. Also bagged several awards from national meetings.
Murali’s foremost areas of interest include the treatment of visual impairment and blindness in children with special focus to Pediatric anterior segment abnormalities, Pediatric cataract, corneal infection, and refractive surgery. Mostly, corneal grafting in children that include various forms of anterior and posterior lamellar surgeries, pediatric cataract surgery, and advanced intraocular lens implantation in children. He has developed several innovative surgical strategies in pediatric lamellar keratoplasty and is involved in various research projects in the field of Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy, Congenital corneal anesthesia, and use of multifocal intraocular lenses in pediatric age group.