Dr. Rao, Founder-Chairman of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in India, received the Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal in recognition as an ophthalmologist who has contributed most through history in ethics and education, and to the advancement of ophthalmology. Dr. Rao received his award at the opening ceremony of the World Ophthalmology Congress organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology in Berlin, Germany on June 5, 2010.
Dr. Rao is the second Indian to be a member of this group after his teacher L.P. Agarwal, former Director of the All India Institute Medical Sciences. The honour is awarded by election every four years by the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis is a 60 member body of the top academics in the world of ophthalmology.
“This is an honour so richly deserved. Dr. Rao’s work and humanitarian efforts have been instrumental in making quality eye care available to the poorest, most marginalized populations of India,” said Pat Ferguson, President and CEO of Operation Eyesight.
“The L.V. Prasad Eye Institute and network of hospitals stands as the model of quality, comprehensive, sustainable eye care and infrastructure that does not depend on government funding and will eliminate avoidable blindness in low income countries like India,” continued Ferguson.
The L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in India, a world leader and innovator in eye care, is a global resource for Operation Eyesight, ensuring excellence in clinical skills, maximizing patient flow and treatment, and informing facility design and development.