Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Padmashree Awardee
Name in English Prof. Dr. Sundaram Natarajan
Name in Hindi प्रो डॉ सुंदरम नटराजन
Date of birth 4th September 1957
Nationality Indian
Marital Status Single
Occupation Doctor
Managing Trustee
Aditya Jyot Foundation for Twinkling Little Eyes.
Chairman & Managing Director Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital
Postal Address Plot No. 153, Road No.9 Major Parmeshwaran Road Wadala (West) Mumbai - 400031
Telephone NO. +91 22 24177600
Fax NO. +91 22 24177654
E-mail ID prof.drsn@gmail.com
Signature of Awardee

Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan, is an Eye Doctor (Vitreo Retinal Surgeon), awarded The Padma Shri by the President of India in the year 2013.

He is a Charter Inductee in Retina Hall of Fame (Individuals with significant achievements in medicine with special contributions to retina are honoured by their induction).

Born on 4th September 1957 in Madurai, Dr S Natarajan did his MBBS & Residency in Ophthalmology from Madras Medical College Chennai and went on to do his Fellowship in Vitreo retinal surgery from Sankara Nethralaya Chennai under the World renowned Vitreo Retinal Surgeon Dr S. S. Badrinath.

He then moved to Mumbai where he set up the Vitreo Retina Department in Taparia Institute in Bombay Hospital. In 1990, he revolutionized the world of vitreo retina by setting up a state-of-the-art hospital, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, exclusively dedicated to ophthalmology. He has pioneered and improvised several techniques in vitreo retina and also brought global knowledge and techniques to India. He has performed more than 60,000 Vitreous & Retinal surgeries & has pioneered techniques & treatment of VR diseases in India.

Dr Natarajan established a not for profit Public Charitable Trust- Aditya Jyot Foundation for Twinkling Little Eyes (AJFTLE) in 2005. It was Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India who suggested to Dr Natarajan that he should aim to put a twinkle in the eyes of the visually impaired. The Foundation runs outreach programs in rural and urban slums and tribal.

Our Service projects include:
1) CREAM Project: Children's Refractive Error eye Ailments Management Project.

2) AJ- DRUMSS: Aditya Jyot - Diabetic Retinopathy Urban Mumbai Slum Study which was funded by the" World Diabetes Foundation" and sir Dorabji Tata Trust which has specific focus on awareness on diabetes and early detection & treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

3) Mobile Motorbike based Diabetic Retinopathy Screening: A unique project of its kind in the whole world (for more information kindly visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V_N9OROZw8)

4) Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam PEARLS: Pediatric Eye Anomalies, Refractive Errors and Traumatic Lesions study( partially supported by Late Smt.Santhi Krishnan and Shri K.Krishnan), where more than 500 paediatric camps were conducted, more 6000 children were screened and glasses were distributed.

5) Comprehensive eye treatment including cataract, glaucoma and retinal diseases through eye care centres.

The Foundation work has been highlighted in International corner of American society of Retina specialist (ASRS)

His vision led to the setting up of fully fledged eye care centres in the slums of Dharavi, Kandivali and Mulund. The Foundation is spreading knowledge and awareness on eye diseases in the slums in addition to screening and treating people with eye disorders ranging from childhood blindness to diabetic retinopathy in the older age group. He has participated and led several charitable initiatives in eye care in collaboration with organizations like Operation Eyesight Universal, National Society for Prevention of Blindness, Lions International and Rotary clubs.


Total l40 Municipal dispensaries have been covered and 1688 Diabetic patients were evaluated for Diabetic retinopathy and other ocular disorders. 40 Van visits were done to treat and counsel suspected cases of Diabetic Retinopathy and other ocular disorders.


A study conducted for Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) screening through STOP BLINDNESS imitative, validated the diagnostic accuracy of MEDIOS-AI to detect Referable DR, a condition requiring immediate specialist consult. The AI instantly provides a report in less than 10 seconds, on the smartphone. The images were captured on Remidio smartphone-based, non-mydriatic, portable camera, the NM-FOP 10 and subjected to automated analysis by MEDIOS-AI, with simultaneous grading by vitreoretinal specialists. MEDIOS-AI relied on 2 convolutional neural networks, based on the MobileNet architecture - one assessing the image quality, and the other separating healthy images from images with Referable DR (RDR). The clinical sensitivity and specificity of the MEDIOS-AI algorithm were found to be 100% and 88.4 % for RDR, 85.2 % and 92.0 % for any DR respectively, exceeding US FDA superiority endpoints of an RDR sensitivity of 85% and specificity of 82.5%.

Dr T Y Alvin Liu, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in an invited commentary, calls the study as paradigm-shifting.

https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/health-it/ai-integrated-retinal- imaging-device-from-india-shows-promising-results-in-screening-for-diabetic- retinopathy/71105098

His knowledge & acumen led to various invitations and currently he is a visiting professor at:

Marmoindes university, Argentina

ESASO, university of Lugano, Switzerland,

Balaji medical college, Chennai, India

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Maharashtra, India

Saveetha Medical university, Chennai , India

Prof. Natarajan has several degrees and qualifications to his credit, viz: M.B.B.S., D.O., F.R.V.S., M.A.B.M.S., M.O.R.C.E., F.A.B.M.S., F.A.I.C.O., FICO (Hons.), D.Sc. (Honoris), FRCS (Ophthalmology) Glasgow, FELAS.


i) Mission / Key Achievements:
In 14 years of service, Aditya Jyot Foundation for Twinkling Little Eyes (AJFTLE) has touched the lives of more than 10,00,000 people in the state and provided affordable eye care to them. The Foundation had conducted thousands of Diabetic Retinopathy camps and screened over 1,00,000 people for Diabetes and more than 2000 diabetes were evaluated for Retinopathy. Over 60,000 children have been screened in school screening programs. Through the door to door campaign the Foundation has covered over 2,00,000 households and over 1 million people in slums and performed over 5000 free surgeries. The Aditya Jyot Foundation is committed to reduce both avoidable and unavoidable blindness.

World Diabetes Federation, acclaimed the Diabetic Retinopathy project as one of the top five projects of Diabetes Care in world.

Being a Managing Trustee of AJFTLE, he organised a Diabetic Eye Screening camp on 26th Jan 2019, and created a Guinness Record- with a maximum number of Diabetic eye screenings, i.e; 649 Diabetes patients were screened, in Dharavi, Mumbai using Remidio FoP Camera. This was endeavour to create massive public awareness and was supported by TATA Trusts.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/worldrecords/436266-most-diabetic- eye-screenings-in-8-hours


He is also the recipient of several state , national international awards for his exemplary work in the medical field of ophthalmology

i) State Level:

Rotary Club of Thane East (RI Dist. 3140) honoured with Citation in Appreciation (2007) for the contribution towards excellencies in imparting knowledge, carrying out mass surgeries and extra ordinary help to various NGOs.

Honored with Vocational Service award (2006), for the contribution towards Community Ophthalmology by Rotary Club of Bandra.

Distinguished Citizen of Mumbai, 2006- for outstanding and exemplary achievement in Ophthalmological walks of life and contribution to the society.

RETINA GRAND MASTER (Vizhithirai Vithakar), 2005 - by Mumbai Indian Penpals League.

Vocational Excellence Award, 2005- in appreciation of his devotion to eye care and giving the gift of sight to the under privilege strata of Society,Mumbai.

Outstanding Young Person Award, 1993 for Medical Service and Social Service by Marine Lines Junior Chamber.

ii) National Level:

State Award for Metorious Service, 2016- By the Government of Jammu & Kashmir, for creating a record for performing 41 VR surgeries in 2 1/2 days in J&K

Limca Book of Records - National Record, 2009- Performed the first completely sutureless sclera buckling as well as a sutureless 23G vitrectomy

Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005- by National and International Compendium (NIC), New Delhi, in recognition of his exceptional calibre and outstanding performance in his chosen area of activity

Rashtriya Samman Puraskar, 2005- by Indian Economic Development and Research Association (IEDRA), New Delhi.

International Grand Master in Ophthalmology- by the Bombay Ophthalmologists Association (BOA).

Honoured with the title The Centenarian Seva Ratna Award, 2005- The Centenarian Trust, Chennai

National Eminence Award 2004 - 2005- by National Education Society (NES) and Saraswathi Vidya Bhavan (SVB) for his outstanding contribution to society.

National Achievement Award for Health Excellence, 2005- by All India Business and Community Foundation.

Best Researcher Award, 1998- instituted by the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Science

Innovation Award-from Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society for his Innovation Intraocular Foreign Body Forceps.

Awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Indian 1993, Chennai

iii) International Level:

Guinness World Record, 2019- With a maximum number of Diabetic eye screenings, i.e; 649 Diabetes patients were screened in Dharavi, Mumbai in 8 hours.

SAO Excellence Award, 2018 - Saarc Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO) in Nepal

Senior Achievement Award, 2018 - American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Achievement Award, 2012 - Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology

Retina Hall of Fame, 2017- "Charter Inductee" One of the two Indians listed in 2017

Achievement Award, 2009 - American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Distinguished Service Award, 2006 -bestowed by the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) in Singapore as well as Busan Korea.

Man of the Year, 2006 - The American Biographical Institute, Registered in the institute's library and archives in the United States of America sanctioned by the board of international research; for his outstanding community services and professional achievements.

Gusi Peace Prize, 2005- First Indian, awarded by non - profit organization at Manila, Philippines,

Man of the Millennium (Ophthalmology) - By The International Award Committee of Wisitex Foundation

Senior Honour award - Vitreous Society, USA

Honour Award, 1998 and Senior Honour Award, 2000- from the American Vitreous Society of U.S.A., the only Indian to receive two awards.


i) Contribution to the Field:
His zest for knowledge and desire to help the blind, has led him to participate in research programs like Artificial Retina. With the commitment to reduce avoidable and unavoidable blindness he established Research and Development Unit- Aditya Jyot Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, with a vision to establish cutting edge research and technology to understand the bio-mechanism of eye diseases and to discover novel therapeutic approaches including regenerative medicine.

His project for 5years is Nationwide Diabetic Retinopathy Screening-S.T.O.P. (Screening through Tele Ophthalmology to Prevent) Diabetic Blindness-Jyot se Jyot Jalao, which during the AIOS Presidency tenure he promised to trim down the Indian statistics.

With more of diabetics and less of ophthalmologists with expensive and non-portable fundus cameras available, it is difficult to screen all diabetics especially those living in remote locations. He introduced PORTABLE FUNDUS CAMERAS on Motor Bike for the first time in the world, for conducting a home eye screening program for diabetic patients. With this novel initiative, we are striving hard to reach 6,47,000 villages in India and taking timely corrective action in avoiding vision loss.

We have joined hands with Healthcare Skilled Sector Council to train semi-skilled workers with minimum education, to take fundus images using a portable fundus camera on Smartphones and with the help of Artificial Intelligence to detect referable cases.

We have outlined the ADVOCACY PLAN with ORNATE India project; to convince the Government of India, and NGOs, the importance of DR screening and implement a national plan for DR programme in India.

ii) Contribution to the Society
There is an urgent need for Vitreo retina specialists to tackle the large number of people affected by pellet injury to the eye in Kashmir, was the request from the NGO Borderless World Foundation. It was TRAUMA in more ways than one -unrest, demonstrations, curfew and nearly 210 people with eye injuries due to pellets. This was the report from the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) Srinagar. The team there had managed to do primary repair in 184 to restore anatomy but was overwhelmed by the large number of people requiring removal of pellets lodged inside the eye and repair of the retina. Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan responded to this plea and formed a team with two doctors trained by him and was willing to risk travelling to Kashmir and reached Srinagar on 26th, July 2016. He and his team performed 47 complicated Micro incision VR surgeries in 2 1/2 days of which he performed 41 surgeries individually. Many had pellets lodged behind the eye and 1 patient had multiple pellet injuries including one near the heart.

He has revisited Srinagar for the same and has till date operated on 161 people affected by pellets in the eye.

Government of Jammu Kashmir has declared -State Award to Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan for his Meritorious Public Service.