Hyderabad: Dr. Prashant Garg has been appointed the new executive chair of LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). He took over from Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao and assumed charge on 1 October.

Dr. Garg is an internationally renowned leader in corneal infections, anti-microbial resistance, and eye banking. A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, both national and international, he is on the boards of several international organizations, societies, and scientific journals. His association with LVPEI dates back to 1996 when he joined the institute as a Cornea Fellow.

In his 25 years at LVPIE, he has held several leadership positions in the organization, including director of Kallam Anji Reddy campus - the Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad; director of Kode Venkatadri Chowdary campus in Vijayawada; network head of eye banking; and head of education. He also holds the Dr. Paul Dubord chair of Cornea.

With a strong publication record and many research grants, Dr. Garg is a consummate clinician-scientist. He has over 190 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and has authored several book chapters. He has been invited as faculty for prestigious international meetings and has delivered several named lectures.

On his new role as executive chair, Dr. Garg said, "I feel both privileged and excited to take on this new role. With the invaluable support from our patients, donors, and supporters, and with our competent team I am confident that LVPEI will continue to expand its services, bring eye care closer to the doorsteps of the communities, provide vision rehabilitation, adapt newer technology innovations, pursue research in vision-threatening eye conditions, impart quality training, collaborate with partners nationally and globally, and work towards eliminating avoidable blindness."

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