Aravinda Rao, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Vitreoretinal Fellowship Director, LSU Ophthalmology 
Dominick D. and Wilhelmina L. Aiena Professorship of Ophthalmology

Academic Office:

LSU Eye Center at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
533 Bolivar Street/CSRB 459
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone:  504-568-3156
Fax:  504-586-2385
Email:  ARao3@lsuhsc.edu

Clinical Offices:

LSU Eye Clinic at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge
9032 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: 225-768-5842
Fax: 225-354-2075

LSU Eye Clinic at University Medical Center, New Orleans
2000 Canal Street, Clinic Building, 3rd floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Ophthalmology Clinic: 504-702-3950
Referral fax line: 504-702-2051
Clinic fax line: 504-702-4425


BS (Biology)
Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA


Transitional Internship
Tulane University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Residency in Ophthalmology
LSU Eye Center/Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA

Fellowship in VitreoRetinal
LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Clinical Interests

Advanced Diabetic Retinopathy, medical and surgical treatments

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities


Selected Publications

Journal Publications:

T. Moran, A. Kaye, A.Rao, F. Bueno. The Role of X-rays and Other Electromagnetic Radiation in Evaluating Paintings for Forgery and Restoration. JOFRI, Vol 5 June 2016 (38-46)

Roy, AM, West NC, A. Rao, Adhikari P, Aleman C, Barnes AP, Deininger PL. Upstream Flanking sequences and transcription of SINEs. J Mol Biol. 2000; 302:17-25

Kass DH, Kim J, A.Rao, Deininger PL. Evolution of B2 repeats: the muroid explosion.

Genetica. 1997; 9:1-13 Roy AM, West NC, 

Published Abstracts:

Current Trends in Management of Acute Post Surgery Endophthalmitis among US Surgical Retinal Specialists. ASRS Abstract August 2018

Sullivan S, Budden B, Rao A Incidence of rebleeds after PPV with SF6 versus air. Parlin A, Breaud S, Rao A White A, Brown J, Rao, A Postoperative Outcomes in attending versus fellow-performed macular hole surgery. ARVO 2015

Lazar D, Karpinski A, Weiss J, Rao A The Effect of Ocular Massage on Intraocular pressure in Phakic eyes versus Pseudophakic eyes after Intravitreal injections. ARVO 2015


Additional Info

Board Certification:

American Board of Ophthalmology


Assocation of American Medical Colleges Leadership in Academic Development Program


American Society of Retina Specialists Fellowship Education and Training Committee
OR Steering Committee, OLOL/LSU Health BR
New Orleans Academy Organizing Committee for annual meeting
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retina Specialists
The Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology