Keck School Faculty

Narsing A Rao

Narsing A Rao

Interim Dean, Keck School of Medicine
Professor of Ophthalmology
1450 SAN PABLO ST STE 4900 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. : America's Top Doctors, 2011

International Council of Ophthalmology: Bietti medal, 2008

: Award from European Vision and Eye Research Association, 2006

Pan American Society of Ophthalmology: Ramon L. Font medal, 2005

: International Ocular Inflammation Society Award, 2005

American Academy of Ophthalmology: Lorenz E. Zimmerman medal , 2002

Evolving diagnostic approaches in infectious uveitides Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep; 68(9):1731-1733. . View in PubMed

Animal Models of Ocular Tuberculosis: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2020 May 14; 1-7. . View in PubMed


Incidence, prevalence, and risk factors of infectious uveitis and scleritis in the United States: A claims-based analysis PLoS One. 2020; 15(8):e0237995. . View in PubMed

Histopathologic Assessment of Optic Nerves and Retina From a Patient With Chronically Implanted Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 May; 8(3):31. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Layer Change in Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease With Multicontrast Optical Coherence Tomography Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2019 08 01; 60(10):3352-3362. . View in PubMed

Comparison of surgical outcomes of trabeculectomy, Ahmed shunt, and Baerveldt shunt in uveitic glaucoma J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2018 Jun 18; 8(1):9. . View in PubMed

Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2018 Jun; 10:77-80. . View in PubMed

Clinicopathologic Features of Tuberculous Serpiginous-like Choroiditis JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb 01; 136(2):219-221. . View in PubMed

Distinguishing Features of Ocular Sarcoidosis in an International Cohort of Uveitis Patients Ophthalmology. 2018 01; 125(1):119-126. . View in PubMed

Diagnosis of Ocular Tuberculosis Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2018; 26(2):208-216. . View in PubMed


Coexisting Phacoanaphylaxis and Choroidal Melanoma: An Unusual Intraocular Inflammation Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2018; 26(8):1278-1282. . View in PubMed

Infections and Inflammation Occurring in the Subretinal Space Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2018; 26(3):329-332. . View in PubMed

Acute hypotony maculopathy following the initiation of a topical aqueous suppressant in a patient with a history of panuveitis without prior filtering surgery Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Sep; 7:95-98. . View in PubMed

A Glistening Lens Ophthalmol Retina. 2017 May - Jun; 1(3):255. . View in PubMed

Imaging in tuberculosis-associated uveitis Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr; 65(4):264-270. . View in PubMed

Choroidal neovascularization secondary to tuberculosis: Presentation and management Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Apr; 5:124-129. . View in PubMed

Eye examination for early diagnosis of disseminated tuberculosis in patients with AIDS Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Apr; 16(4):493-9. . View in PubMed

Anterior Segment Ischemia in Viper Bite Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2016; 24(1):49-54. . View in PubMed

Comprehensive polymerase chain reaction assay for detection of pathogenic DNA in lymphoproliferative disorders of the ocular adnexa Sci Rep. 2016 11 10; 6:36621. . View in PubMed

Clinical and laboratory characteristics of ocular syphilis: a new face in the era of HIV co-infection J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2015 Dec; 5(1):56. . View in PubMed

Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges Retina. 2014 Jun; 34(6):1247-52. . View in PubMed

A 49-year-old man with unilateral, nontender left eyelid swelling Digit J Ophthalmol. 2014; 20(1):15-9. . View in PubMed

Choroidal atrophy and loss of choriocapillaris in convalescent stage of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease: in vivo documentation J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2014; 4:9. . View in PubMed

Good visual outcome after repair of a very large macular hole with neurosensory retinal operculum Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2014; 8(2):138-40. . View in PubMed

Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor in eyes with Coats' disease Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Jan 07; 54(1):57-62. . View in PubMed

Immunopathologic processes in sympathetic ophthalmia as signified by microRNA profiling Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Jun 28; 53(7):4197-204. . View in PubMed

Early surgical debridement in the management of infectious scleritis after pterygium excision J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2012 Jun; 2(2):81-7. . View in PubMed

Anti-tubercular treatment is not required in latent tuberculosis Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 Mar; 96(3):463. . View in PubMed

Associations among visual acuity and vision- and health-related quality of life among patients in the multicenter uveitis steroid treatment trial Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Mar; 53(3):1169-76. . View in PubMed

Expression of a-crystallin in the retina of human sympathetic ophthalmia Mol Med Rep. 2012 Feb; 5(2):395-9. . View in PubMed

First international assembly of ocular inflammation societies hosted by Uveitis Society of India Indian J Ophthalmol. 2012 Jan-Feb; 60(1):3. . View in PubMed

Increased expression of aA-crystallin in human diabetic eye Int J Mol Med. 2011 Oct; 28(4):505-11. . View in PubMed

Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges Retina. 2011 Sep; 31(8):1732-9. . View in PubMed

Eosinophilic variant of Wegener granulomatosis in the orbit Arch Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep; 129(9):1238-40. . View in PubMed

Isolated uveal tuberculoma masquerading as an intraocular tumor in an immunocompetent patient-a clinical-pathologic study with diagnosis by PCR J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2011 Jun; 1(2):81-4. . View in PubMed

Adult-onset asthma and severe periocular xanthogranuloma: a case report Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 May-Jun; 27(3):e63-4. . View in PubMed

An unusual manifestation of herpes simplex virus-associated acute iris depigmentation and pigmentary glaucoma Arch Ophthalmol. 2011 Feb; 129(2):253-4. . View in PubMed

Local ischemia and increased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor following ocular dissemination of Mycobacterium tuberculosis PLoS One. 2011; 6(12):e28383. . View in PubMed

Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection: why a new journal on ocular inflammation? J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2010 Nov 10; 1(1):1-2.. View in PubMed

Dark hypopyon in Streptococcus bovis endogenous endophthalmitis: clinicopathologic correlations J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2010 Oct 30; 1(1):39-41. . View in PubMed

Chronic coccidioidomycosis endophthalmitis without concomitant systemic involvement: a clinicopathological case report Ophthalmology. 2010 Sep; 117(9):1839-42. . View in PubMed

Exfoliating goblet cell hyperplasia mimicking pterygium: a clinicopathological case report Int Ophthalmol. 2010 Aug; 30(4):421-3. . View in PubMed

Clinical features of tuberculous serpiginouslike choroiditis in contrast to classic serpiginous choroiditis Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Jul; 128(7):853-8. . View in PubMed

Changing causes of enucleation over the past 60 years Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2010 Apr; 248(4):593-7. . View in PubMed

Frequency of distinguishing clinical features in Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada diseaseOphthalmology. 2010 Mar; 117(3):591-9599. e1. . View in PubMed

Expression of alpha-crystallins in human sebaceous carcinoma of the eyelid Eur J Ophthalmol. 2009 Sep-Oct; 19(5):702-7. . View in PubMed

Experimental ocular tuberculosis in guinea pigs Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Sep; 127(9):1162-6. . View in PubMed

Atypical infectious nodular scleritis Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Aug; 127(8):1079-80. . View in PubMed

International criteria for the diagnosis of ocular sarcoidosis: results of the first International Workshop On Ocular Sarcoidosis (IWOS) Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2009 May-Jun; 17(3):160-9. . View in PubMed

Expression of heat shock protein 27 and alpha-crystallins in human retinoblastoma after chemoreduction Br J Ophthalmol. 2009 Apr; 93(4):541-4. . View in PubMed

Alopecia areata during etanercept therapy Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2009 Mar-Apr; 17(2):127-9. . View in PubMed

Expression of alpha-crystallin in retinoblastoma Arch Ophthalmol. 2009 Feb; 127(2):187-92. . View in PubMed

Interferon-gamma release assays in the diagnosis of tuberculous uveitis Am J Ophthalmol. 2008 Oct; 146(4):486-8. . View in PubMed

Immunohistochemical study of chronic nongranulomatous anterior uveitis in juvenile idiopathic arthritis Ophthalmology. 2008 Oct; 115(10):1833-6. . View in PubMed

KIR and HLA gene combinations in Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease Hum Immunol. 2008 Jun; 69(6):349-53. . View in PubMed

Elevated retina-specific expression of the small heat shock protein, alphaA-crystallin, is associated with photoreceptor protection in experimental uveitis Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 Mar; 49(3):1161-71. . View in PubMed

Immunopathology of necrotising scleritis Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Mar; 92(3):417-9. . View in PubMed

Comment on the recent publication "Conjunctival nodules associated with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease" Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2008 Feb; 246(2):323; author reply 325-6. . View in PubMed

Editorial Ophthalmic Res. 2008; 40(3-4):113-4. . View in PubMed

Granuloma annulare anterior uveitis Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2008 Jan-Feb; 16(1):55-7. . View in PubMed

International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG): clinical classification of uveitis Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2008 Jan-Feb; 16(1):1-2. . View in PubMed

Intraocular tuberculosis--an update Surv Ophthalmol. 2007 Nov-Dec; 52(6):561-87. . View in PubMed

Keloid of the conjunctiva simulating a conjunctival malignancy Br J Ophthalmol. 2007 Sep; 91(9):1251-2. . View in PubMed

Deposition of exon-skipping splice isoform of human retinal G protein-coupled receptor from retinal pigment epithelium into Bruch's membrane Mol Vis. 2007 Jul 19; 13:1203-14. . View in PubMed

Lemon juice and Candida endophthalmitis in crack-cocaine misuse Br J Ophthalmol. 2007 May; 91(5):702-3. . View in PubMed

Direct detection of reactive nitrogen species in experimental autoimmune uveitis Korean J Ophthalmol. 2007 Mar; 21(1):21-7. . View in PubMed

Differences in clinical findings between Caucasians and African Americans with biopsy-proven sarcoidosis Ophthalmology. 2007 Feb; 114(2):325-33. . View in PubMed

Conjunctival epithelium in pars plana vitrectomy specimens Retina. 2007 Jan; 27(1):55-8. . View in PubMed

Aetiological, clinical and metabolic profile of hypokalaemic periodic paralysis in adults: a single-centre experience Natl Med J India. 2006 Sep-Oct; 19(5):246-9. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of the effect on outcomes of the route of administration of corticosteroids in acute Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Jul; 142(1):119-24. . View in PubMed

Comparative study of two sets of criteria for the diagnosis of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Apr; 141(4):778-9; author reply 779. . View in PubMed

Ab interno trabeculectomy: development of a novel device (Trabectome) and surgery for open-angle glaucoma J Glaucoma. 2006 Feb; 15(1):68-73. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of subconjunctival triamcinolone for nonnecrotizing anterior scleritis Ophthalmology. 2005 Oct; 112(10):1814-20. . View in PubMed

Initial evaluation of subcutaneous daclizumab treatments for noninfectious uveitis: a multicenter noncomparative interventional case series Ophthalmology. 2005 May; 112(5):764-70. . View in PubMed

Atypical presentation of multiple evanescent white dot syndrome involving granular lesions of varying size Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 May; 139(5):935-7. . View in PubMed

Endoretinal biopsy in establishing the diagnosis of uveitis: a clinicopathologic report of three cases Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2005 Feb; 13(1):79-83. . View in PubMed

Histopathologic features of conjunctival filtering blebs Arch Ophthalmol. 2005 Feb; 123(2):166-70. . View in PubMed

Bartonella henselae infection presenting as a unilateral panuveitis simulating Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Dec; 138(6):1063-5. . View in PubMed

HLA-DRB1 and -DQB1 alleles in mestizo patients with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada's disease in Southern California Hum Immunol. 2004 Dec; 65(12):1477-82. . View in PubMed

Lattice corneal dystrophy associated with the Ala546Asp and Pro551Gln missense changes in the TGFBI gene Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Nov; 138(5):772-81. . View in PubMed

Human leukocyte antigen A29 subtypes associated with birdshot retinochoroidopathy Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Oct; 138(4):631-4. . View in PubMed

Limited macular translocation: a clinicopathologic case report Ophthalmology. 2004 Jun; 111(6):1209-14. . View in PubMed

An unusual clinical phenotype of Avellino corneal dystrophy associated with an Arg124His beta iG-H3 mutation in an African-American woman Am J Ophthalmol. 2004 Apr; 137(4):765-7. . View in PubMed

Effects of a new dexamethasone-delivery system (Surodex) on experimental intraocular inflammation models Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2003 Nov; 241(11):927-33. . View in PubMed

Detection of histoplasma capsulatum DNA in lesions of chronic ocular histoplasmosis syndrome Arch Ophthalmol. 2003 Nov; 121(11):1551-5. . View in PubMed

Bilateral neuroretinopathy with multiple retinal arterial aneurysms Arch Ophthalmol. 2003 Aug; 121(8):1206-7. . View in PubMed

Conjunctival ulcers in Behçet's disease Ophthalmology. 2003 Jun; 110(6):1137-41. . View in PubMed

Late-onset bacteria endophthalmitis following glaucoma drainage implantation Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2003 Mar-Apr; 34(2):128-30. . View in PubMed

Late-onset bacterial endophthalmitis following glaucoma drainage implantation Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2003 Mar 01; 34(2):128-30. . View in PubMed

Histopathology of corneal melting associated with diclofenac use after refractive surgery J Cataract Refract Surg. 2003 Feb; 29(2):250-6. . View in PubMed

Highly selective inhibitor of inducible nitric oxide synthase enhances S-antigen-induced uveitis Curr Eye Res. 2003 Jan; 26(1):1-7. . View in PubMed

Cytomegalovirus retinitis in the era of combined highly active antiretroviral therapy Ophthalmol Clin North Am. 2002 Dec; 15(4):529-36viii. . View in PubMed

Association of herpesviruses in the aqueous humor of patients with serpiginous choroiditis: a polymerase chain reaction-based study Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2002 Dec; 10(4):253-61. . View in PubMed

Diagnosis of toxoplasmic retinochoroiditis with atypical clinical features Am J Ophthalmol. 2002 Aug; 134(2):196-203. . View in PubMed

An assessment of polymorphonuclear leukocyte rigidity in HIV-infected individuals after immune recovery Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2002 Jun; 43(6):1857-61. . View in PubMed

A prospective evaluation of subconjunctival injection of triamcinolone acetonide for resistant anterior scleritis Ophthalmology. 2002 Apr; 109(4):798-805; discussion 805-7. . View in PubMed

Clinicopathological report of cerebroocular myopathy syndrome Am J Ophthalmol. 2002 Apr; 133(4):559-61. . View in PubMed

Detection of docosahexaenoic acid hydroperoxides in retina by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry Methods Mol Biol. 2002; 186:29-35. . View in PubMed

Narsing A. Rao, MD, was named Interim Dean of the Keck School, effective Sept. 16, 2020. He also is the Grace and Emery Beardsley Professor of Ophthalmology. Before accepting the position of Interim Dean, Dr. Rao was Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Co-Director of the USC Roski Eye Institute.

Dr. Rao has established himself as a researcher, clinician and educator who has gained international recognition as a leading expert in inflammatory and malignant disorders of the eye. He has made numerous important scientific contributions to the field and has published more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, 49 book chapters and seven books. His work has attracted highly competitive funding from the National Eye Institute of the NIH for more than 25 years.

In June 2020 Dr. Rao received the International Gold Award of Chinese Ophthalmological Society, and in September 2020 he was featured in the Living Legend Series of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.

Other honors include the Lorenz E. Zimmerman medal from the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the Ramon L. Font medal from the Pan American Society of Ophthalmology; the International Ocular Inflammation Society Award; and the Bietti medal from the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Under Dr. Rao’s leadership, in FY2019, the USC Department of Ophthalmology ranked No. 1 among all ophthalmology departments nationally in NIH funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Five faculty members in the department ranked among the top 55 NIH-funded researchers. The Department has been nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” for 26 consecutive years (ranking 12th in 2020).
During his tenure as chair, Rao oversaw a significant increase in clinical productivity, opened the first Dry Eye Center in Southern California, and integrated research and clinical care.

Dr. Rao received USC’s award for excellence in resident training 15 times and has mentored 25 postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty.

Rao received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He completed residencies in pathology and ophthalmology at Georgetown University and a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.., and was appointed to his first faculty position at Georgetown. Rao was recruited to the Keck School of Medicine in 1983 as an associate professor of ophthalmology and pathology. He was promoted to professor of ophthalmology and pathology in 1986, and from 2006-2013 held an endowed chair as the Rupert and Gertrude I. Stieger Vision Research Professor within the Doheny Eye Institute.
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