Biography

Vikas Chopra, M.D. is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and a full-time faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as well as, the Associate Director of the Doheny Image Reading Center (DIRC) at the Doheny Eye Institute.

Dr. Vikas Chopra is an expert in the field of glaucoma surgical techniques, including the newer Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) procedures, and in the use of high-resolution ocular imaging to allow earlier and more precise evaluation of glaucoma. He is a leader in the surgical training of new ophthalmologists and his research interests include using new laser and surgical therapies for glaucoma and improving outcomes of complex, combined cataract/glaucoma procedures. Dr. Chopra is part of a select group of ophthalmologists that develops the American Board of Ophthalmology certification examinations.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine, and then finished ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he performed a one-year molecular biology research fellowship at the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope.

Dr. Chopra is a nationally recognized glaucoma and cataract surgeon who manages a thriving clinical practice and strives to achieve excellent surgical outcomes on challenging, complex, tertiary-level surgical cases. He balances the busy clinical-load with his administrative duties as Medical Director of the Doheny UCLA Pasadena location, and leads the education sessions for the Doheny UCLA ophthalmology technicians.

He has been an active member of the Doheny Eye Institute for over 10 years and has been instrumental in helping expand the capabilities of the DIRC to include cornea and glaucoma clinical studies. In the research arena, Dr. Chopra has been actively involved to use his niche and expertise in both glaucoma and ocular imaging to lead various research projects including anterior segment imaging and OCT angiography in glaucoma. His research resulted in oral-paper and poster presentations at national ophthalmology meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Furthermore, his research work has resulted in numerous publications in prestigious and high-impact ophthalmic journals such as Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, and PLOS-One, which allows him to serve as a role model to medical students and ophthalmology residents who wish to pursue academic ophthalmology with a strong emphasis of clinical research.

Before joining UCLA, Dr. Chopra served as the Associate Residency Program Director at USC, and was responsible for developing and executing the surgical skills transfer program to allow residents to achieve excellent surgical outcomes in a high-volume clinical environment. Dr. Chopra’s proudest accomplishments include receiving the numerous teaching awards given by USC ophthalmology residents during his tenure there. He had been awarded Resident Teaching Awards (2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2009-2010).
He continues to be intensively involved in resident ophthalmic education and teaches at surgery courses nationwide including the Harvard Medical School’s annual Intensive Cataract Surgery course; serves as the West-coast Director of the Complementary Ophthalmic Residency Education (CORE) cataract surgery course; Director of the Continuing Surgical Education (CSE) nationwide cataract surgery course; and actively participates as a Wet-lab Instructor at AAO & ASCRS annual meeting cataract and glaucoma surgical courses.

Dr. Chopra has published more than 58 peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented more than 50 abstracts at national meetings, and served as an invited lecturer at various local and national meetings. He has been named as one of Best Doctors in America, Super Doctors in Southern California, and Top Doctor in Pasadena.

Primary Affiliation: Doheny Eye Centers UCLA and Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA - Los Angeles, CA , United States

Specialties: Glaucoma & Cataract

Education
  • 2003
    Fellowship Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
  • 2000
    Residency Kresge Eye Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA
  • 1997
    Internship Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA
  • 1996
    M.D. Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA
  • 1991
    B.S. Haverford College
Relevant Experience
  • 2017
    American Board of Ophthalmology Exam Committee Member
  • 2017
    American Board of Ophthalmology Oral Examiner
  • 2013
    American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

Publications

Comparison of the Center and Flex-Center Methods of Corneal Endothelial Cell Analysis in the Presence of Guttae.
Cornea 2017 Dec;36(12):1514-1520
*Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA; †Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; and ‡Department of Ophthalmology, Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital, Medical Center, Tsinghua University, Tiantongyuan Area, Changping District, Beijing, China.

Repeatability, reproducibility, agreement characteristics of 2 SD-OCT devices for anterior chamber angle measurements.
Can J Ophthalmol 2017 Apr 11;52(2):166-170. Epub 2016 Nov 11.
Doheny Eye Institute, Doheny Image Reading Center, Los Angeles, California; Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. Electronic address:

Pilot Study of Lamina Cribrosa Intensity Measurements in Glaucoma Using Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography.
J Glaucoma 2017 Feb;26(2):138-143
*Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute ‡Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles †Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., Dublin, CA.


Regression Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Disc Variables for Glaucoma Diagnosis.
J Glaucoma 2016 Aug;25(8):634-42
*USC Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA ‡Doheny Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles †Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR §Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, FL ∥Eye and Ear Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Glaucoma surgical considerations for PROSE lens use in patients with ocular surface disease.
Cont Lens Anterior Eye 2016 Aug 11;39(4):257-61. Epub 2016 Feb 11.
Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Doheny Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Electronic address:

Endoscopic Cycloplasty (ECPL) and Lens Extraction in the Treatment of Severe Plateau Iris Syndrome.
J Glaucoma 2016 Mar;25(3):e128-33
*Department of Ophthalmology, Doheny Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine ‡San Francisco Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology-Ultrasound, University of California †Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation and Pars Plana Ablation (ECP-plus) to Treat Refractory Glaucoma.
J Glaucoma 2016 Mar;25(3):e117-22
*Doheny Eye Institute †Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) ∥Department of Biostatistics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA ‡Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut, Fairfield, CT §Retinal Consultants, Little Silver, NJ.

Effect of Angle of Incidence on Anterior Chamber Angle Metrics From Optical Coherence Tomography.
J Glaucoma 2016 Jan;25(1):e19-23
*Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute ‡Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Doheny Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA †The Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Qingdao University Qingdao, Shandong, China.

Reproducibility of anterior segment angle metrics measurements derived from Cirrus spectral domain optical coherence tomography.
J Glaucoma 2015 Jun-Jul;24(5):e47-51
*Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute ‡Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA †The Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong, P.R. China.

Reproducibility and Agreement Between 2 Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Devices for Anterior Chamber Angle Measurements.
J Glaucoma 2015 Dec;24(9):642-6
*Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute ‡Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA †The Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Qingdao University Qingdao, Shandong, P.R. China.

Regional correlation among ganglion cell complex, nerve fiber layer, and visual field loss in glaucoma.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2013 Jun 21;54(6):4287-95. Epub 2013 Jun 21.
Doheny Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Baseline risk factors that predict the development of open-angle glaucoma in a population: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study.
Ophthalmology 2012 Nov 12;119(11):2245-53. Epub 2012 Jul 12.
Doheny Eye Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Four-year incidence of open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study.
Am J Ophthalmol 2012 Aug 27;154(2):315-325.e1. Epub 2012 Apr 27.
Doheny Eye Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA.

Does optic nerve head size variation affect circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness measurement by optical coherence tomography?
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012 Jul 27;53(8):4990-7. Epub 2012 Jul 27.
Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, 3375 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland, OR 97239-4197, USA.

Detection of macular ganglion cell loss in glaucoma by Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography.
Ophthalmology 2009 Dec 10;116(12):2305-14.e1-2. Epub 2009 Sep 10.
Doheny Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA.

Anterior segment optical coherence tomography for imaging the anterior chamber after laser peripheral iridotomy.
Am J Ophthalmol 2007 May 29;143(5):877-9. Epub 2006 Dec 29.
Doheny Eye Institute and the Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA.

Effects of corneal thickness, corneal curvature, and intraocular pressure level on Goldmann applanation tonometry and dynamic contour tonometry.
Ophthalmology 2007 Jan 27;114(1):20-6. Epub 2006 Oct 27.
Doheny Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA.

Testing of visual field with virtual reality goggles in manual and visual grasp modes.
Biomed Res Int 2014 23;2014:206082. Epub 2014 Jun 23.
Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA ; Doheny Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA 91105, USA.

Comparison of Physiologic versus Pharmacologic Mydriasis on Anterior Chamber Angle Measurements Using Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography.
J Ophthalmol 2015 23;2015:845643. Epub 2015 Mar 23.
Doheny Image Reading Center, Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA ; Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.

Good visual outcome after repair of a very large macular hole with neurosensory retinal operculum.
Retin Cases Brief Rep 2014 ;8(2):138-40
*Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; †Department of Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois; ‡Macular Retinal Vitreal Associates, Glendale, California; and §Doheny Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California.

Assessment of Anterior Segment Measurements with Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography before and after Ab Interno Trabeculotomy (Trabectome) Surgery.
J Ophthalmol 2016 3;2016:4861837. Epub 2016 Oct 3.
Doheny Eye Institute, Doheny Image Reading Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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