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Prashanth Vallabhanath, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics
Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

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Prashanth Vallabhanath, MD“At EyeHealth NW, we are all personally invested in our patients. I do the best by my partner as well as my own patients because we are all in this together.”

Anyone who knows Dr. Vallabhanath affectionately calls him Dr. PV. He was born and raised in his early years in California. Then his family moved to Michigan where he went on to graduate from college and medical school at the University of Michigan. Dr. PV was initially drawn to medicine because of his interest in science and the desire for an intellectual challenge.

Then, he had a profound experience while working in the development and testing of prosthetic devices that restored sight to the blind. This took place in his third year of medical school when he worked as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. In one particular experiment, electrodes were implanted into a woman’s visual cortex in her brain. Afterwards, she was able to see for the first time in over fifty years. It was a tremendous experience to be part of a revolutionary process and to see the emotional impact on the participants. “The building of these remarkable relationships with the blind participants really deepened the overall practice of medicine for me.”

After completing his studies and working in the intense environment of research and academia, Dr. PV was drawn to Portland by the balanced lives he saw people living here. Thus, coming to EHNW was the perfect fit. In 2000, when Dr. PV had a chance to choose from several jobs throughout the country, he chose EHNW because of its excellent standard of practice and the wonderful people. “I was impressed with the humility of the many accomplished doctors who were practicing medicine in its highest form yet still were very down to earth.”

At EHNW, Dr. PV specializes in oculoplastic surgery which entails cosmetic, corrective and reconstructive surgery of structures around the eye. He also spends a good portion of his practice on comprehensive ophthalmology. “I like the balance I get from the intellectual rigor of a surgical specialty while still seeing patients in a general practice.” Though Dr. PV enjoys the creative process in reconstructive surgery, the heartful relationships built with patients over their lifetime is the most gratifying part of his practice.

Between the business of working and raising two young children, you might find Dr. PV enjoying time with his wife and their two children exploring the coast or visiting the zoo. Dr. PV delights in learning from the wisdom and exuberance of his kids as he believes that, “Children can teach us so much.”

When he has a little more time to spare, Dr. PV makes regular trips to visit relatives in the Phillippines, his wife’s country of origin. On his past trips, he has had several opportunities to provide charitable medical services to those in need. Dr. PV has been very grateful for these experiences as he is reminded of how fortunate we are in this country.

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BORN: May 6, 1970
Bangalore, India
BUSINESS ADDRESS: EyeHealth Northwest
1955 N.W. Northrup
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 (Phone)
(503) 222-0614 (Fax)

15405 S.W. 116th, Suite #204
King City, OR 97224
(503) 620-4070 (Phone)
(503) 598-9661 (Fax)

9555 S.W. Barnes Rd., Suite #201
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 296-9933 (Phone)
(503) 296-9934 (Fax)

Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
September 1987 - April 1989,
 Degree: BS, Cell & Molecular Biology
Honors: Class Honors
High Honors for Research Thesis
Phi Beta Kappa
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI
August 1989 - June 1994, Degree MD
Honors: Cum Laude
Alpha Omega Alpha
Internship: Oakwood Hospital
Dearborn, MI
June 1994 - June 1995, Transitional Internship
Residency: Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
July 1995 - June 1998, Ophthalmology Resident
Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, Ca
July 1998 - July 2000, Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
LICENSURE: Oregon Board of Medical Examiners MD22584
CERTIFICATION: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2000
HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS: Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, OR
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Private Practice, EyeHealth Northwest (formerly Oregon Medical Eye Clinic)
July 2000 - Present
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: American Academy of Ophthalmology
Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland
Alpha Omega Alpha
Phi Beta Kapp
GRANT SUPPORT: 1989 - Hazen Summer Fellowship
University of Michigan Student Biomedical Research Program

1990 - NIH Training Grant, Summer Fellowship
University of Michigan Student Biomedical Research Program

1991-1992 - HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program
Howard Hughes Medical Institute


1999 - Course Instructor for: Endoscopic Brow-lift.
American Academy of Ophthalmology

1999 - Lecturer: UCSF ENT Resident Lecture Series: Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

1999 - Lecturer: UCSF Medical Student Lecture Series: Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

1999 - Lecturer: UCSF Medical Student Lecture Series: Orbital Trauma

1999 - Lecturer: Surgical Frontiers for Y2K: Advances in Skull Base Surgery

2000 - Lecturer: UCSF and California Pacific Ophthalmology Resident Lecture Series: Classification of Ptosis

2000 - Lecturer: UCSF Ophthalmology Resident Basic Science review: Eyelids and Lacrimal System

RESEARCH: 1987 - Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Student research in Chemistry
Supervisor: John Sullivan, Ph.D.

1988-1989 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Honors Thesis in Cell Biology
Supervisor: Faye S. Silverstein, MD

1989 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Summer Research Fellowship
Supervisor: Faye S. Silverstein, MD

1990 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Summer Research Fellowship
Supervisor: Faye S. Silverstein, MD

1991-1992 - National Institute of Health-National Institute of Neurologic Diseases
and Stroke, Bethesda, MD
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program
Supervisor: Edward M. Schmidt, Ph.D.


P. Vallabhanath, R.L. Albin, F.S. Silverstein. Distribution of Glial Intermediate Filament Proteins after Perinatal Hypoxia-Ischemia in Rat Brain. Child Neurology Neurology Society, 1990.

D.K. O'Rourke, M.J. Bak, F.T. Hambrecht, C.V. Kufta, E.M. Schmidt, P. Vallabhanath. Feasibility of an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis for the Blind: I Description of an Experiment. Society of Neuroscience, 1992.

P. Vallabhanath, M.J. Bak, F.T. Hambrecht, C.V. Kufta, D.K. O'Rourke, E.M. Schmidt. Feasibility of an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis for the Blind: II Visual Sensations Produced by Cortical Stimulation. Society for Neuroscience, 1992.

E.M. Schmidt, M.J. Bak, F.T. Hambrecht, C.V. Kufta, D.K. O'Rourke, P. Vallabhanath. Feasibility of an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis for the Blind: III Mapping of Phosphene Location. Society for Neuroscience, 1992.

F.T. Hambrecht, M.J. Bak, C.V. Kufta, D.K. O'Rourke, E.M. Schmidt, P. Vallabhanath. Feasibility of an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis for the Bline: IV Summary and Future. Society of Neuroscience, 1992.

E.M. Schmidt, M.J. Bak, F.T. Hambrecht, C.V. Kufta, D.K. O'Rourke, P. Vallabhanath. Feasibility of a Visual Prosthesis for the Blind based on Intracortical Microstimulation of Visual Cortex. Brain. 119 (pt 2). pp. 507-522, 1996.

S.R. SEIFF, MD and P. Vallabhanath, MD. Orbital Lesions and Techniques, in R.E. Spetzler, MD and M. Lawton, MD (eds): Operative Techniques in Neurosurery, Midline Transfacial Techniques to Skull Base Lesions. Philadelphia, PA, W.B. Saunders company, 1999.

H. Yabe, MD, P. Vallabhanath MD, and S.R. Seiff, MD. Conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy (C-DCR) Using A Tubal Conjunctival Pedical Flap: A Review of 14 Cases. American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1999.

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