About Suresh Chandra

Suresh with older man and woman in IndiaSuresh Chandra, MD founded Combat Blindness Foundation in 1984. He has authored more than 165 publications and ten book chapters. He is also a Council Member of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight, a global joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

Dr. Chandra is currently the Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He’s been a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences since 1974.

Dr. Chandra’s research interests center around clinical trials for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. He has served as Principal Investigator for the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), which investigated the effect of antioxidant vitamins and zinc on macular degeneration and cataract, and is now lead investigator for the AREDS2 project, among others.


1957 – BSc(P), Lucknow University, Lucknow, India
1961 – MD, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India
1961-1962 – Internship, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India
1962-1965 – Residency, Ophthalmology, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India

1964 – MS, Ophthalmology, King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India

1969-1972 – Teaching Fellowship, Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

1972-1974 – Retina Fellowship, Retina Foundation & Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston


Dr. Chandra received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award in 1996, as well as several other academic awards, including:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology “Honor Award” in 1990
  • The Association of Asian Indians in Ophthalmology’s “Recognition of Humanitarian Work” in 1996
  • The Vitreoretinal Society of India “Dr. Nataraja Pillai Award,” in 2003
  • The L.V. Prasad Eye Institute “Syalma Bhaskaran Oration Award” in 2004
  • The Andhra Pradesh Society of Ophthalmology “P. Shiva Reddy Oration Award” in 2004
  • The Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 1991 and 1996
  • Commendations from Wisconsin Governors Tommy Thompson and Jim Doyle for his dedicated efforts to eliminate blindness in developing countries