- Instructor in Ophthalmology at CUMC
Dr. Tarun Sharma is a retina specialist and an expert in treating medical and surgical vitreoretinal diseases. In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Sharma continues to pursue his research investigations in treating inherited retinal diseases, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration and collaborates closely with many of our clinician-scientists in the Department.
Prior to joining Columbia. Dr. Sharma was on faculty for over three decades at the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University in India, where he was a leading expert in medical and surgical vitreoretinal diseases. During his tenure, Dr. Sharma served as the Professor of ophthalmology, Director of Vitreoretinal Services, and the Program Director of the retina fellowship at the tertiary eye care institute – Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India. Dr. Sharma was also an accomplished researcher and was the principal investigator of several clinical and epidemiological studies.
He has published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and continues to serve a reviewer of several ophthalmology journals including Retina, Ophthalmology, IOVS, TVST, New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. For his distinguished contribution to the field of ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology awarded him the Achievement Award, International Ophthalmological Education Award, and the International Scholar Award.