Santosh G Honavar, MD, FACS
Director, National Retinoblastoma Foundation, and Department of Ocular Oncology and Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, Centre for Sight Superspeciality Eye Hospital
Dr Honavar had his basic medical education at the Bangalore Medical College. He was the Best Graduate of the Bangalore University in 1988 and was awarded seven gold medals. He received post-graduate training in Ophthalmology, followed by senior residency at the Dr RP Center for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi. During his residency training at the AIIMS, he was adjudged the Best Resident.
Dr Honavar further trained in Ocular Oncology at the Wills Eye Institute, USA. He thereafter established the comprehensive Ocular Oncology Service at the LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, the first such in the country. He currently heads the National Retinoblastoma Foundation and the Department of Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, Orbit and Ocular Oncology at the Centre for Sight, Hyderabad.
Dr. Honavar’s current research interests comprise of retinoblastoma, tumors of the ocular surface, and orbit. Dr Honavar’s overall research contributions that have had very significant impact on the diagnosis and management of retinoblastoma and its outcome. He has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals (over 150 manuscripts) and has written several book chapters.
Some of the major awards and honors to his credit include Pfizer National Award, 1990; Col. Rangachari Gold Medal, AIOS, 1992; ARVO-Santen International Fellowship, ARVO, 1996; Zeigler International Fellowship, Orbis International, New York, USA, 1999; Young Scientist Award, Indian Society of Oncology, 2000; Dr Vengala Rao Award, Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmological Society, 2001; Achievement Award, Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmological Society, 2001; Best of Show Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2002, 2006; Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2002; Dr Surya Prasad Rao Oration, Andhra Pradesh State Ophthalmological Association, 2006; Dr Siva Reddy International Award, AIOS, 2007, the Senior Achievement Award,American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2009, and the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Govt of India, 2009.
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