Vinod Lakhanpal, M.D., F.A.C.S

Dr. Vinod Lakhanpal is a Senior Partner and Director of Vitreo-Retinal service at Eye Consultants of Maryland. He has been in clinical practice in Baltimore for 30 years and has one of the largest retinal practices in the state of Maryland.

Dr. Lakhanpal completed his residency in Ophthalmology and received Master of Surgery (MS) in Ophthalmology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, Dr. Lakhanpal was awarded a fellowship in Retinal Diseases and Surgery at the University of Maryland in 1975. After staying at the University of Maryland for 18 years, he moved to private practice at Eye Consultants of Maryland in 1993. He currently holds a Clinical Professorship of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland. He is also the Chief of Ophthalmology at Union Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Lakhanpal’s original research on massive suprachoroidal hemorrhage was instrumental in his membership into the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society, which has only 200 active world wide members. His other research interests including Desferal toxic retinopathy, laser photocoagulation and its complications, and inflammatory diseases of the retina which have led to publications in the Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society. Since 1999 Dr. Lakhanpal has served as scientific reviewer to the Archives of Ophthalmology and adhoc editor of Ophthalmology and Retina. Dr. Lakhanpal is a member of the Retina Society, Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Lakhanpal specializes in the surgical care and management of vitreo-retinal diseases. He has participated in many national clinical research trials such as DCCT, Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy study and Visudyne Photodynamic study.

Dr. Lakhanpal is an expert in the laser treatment of diabetic retinopathy and its complications including surgery, age related macular degeneration and its treatment with various drug injections ( Avastin, Lucentis etc.). Additionally, he is an expert in the surgical treatment of Retinal detachment, and vitreous hemorrhage.

Dr. Lakhanpal is nationally and internationally known for his work in Massive Supra Choroidal Hemorrhage. He has received many awards in teaching and has been recognized as a leader in his field. Recently, Dr Lakhanpal, was invited to examine the eyes of the Prime Minister of India in New Delhi.

Dr. Lakhanpal is married and has two sons. His son, Ross Lakhanpal, M.D. has joined him in Retina practice at Eye Consultants of Maryland after successful completion of his vitreo-retinal fellowship at Baylor University, Houston, Texas.

Verinder S. Nirankari, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Nirankari completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, after which he trained as a Fellow in Cornea and External Disease at the University of Pittsburgh. He currently holds a Clinical Professorship of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland and is Director of Cornea, Complicated Cataracts, and Refractive Surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. Dr. Nirankari serves on the editorial boards of the Afro-Asian Journal of Ophthalmology and the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, and is consulting editor to the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Cornea. His research focuses on the effects of deep corneal vascularization on corneal clarity, management of the intraocular lens and astigmatism after corneal transplantation, surgical and laser refractive surgery, and corneal graft rejection. He is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, the Castroviejo Corneal Society, American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He specializes in cornea-external diseases, complicated anterior segment surgery, and refractive laser surgery.

Rohit Ross Lakhanpal, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Lakhanpal was raised in Columbia, MD where he excelled in sports as well as academics, graduating Magna Cum Laude from McDonogh School and becoming a varsity letterman in wrestling, lacrosse and soccer. After graduating with honors from Franklin & Marshall College, he received his medical degree from the University of Maryland.

His ophthalmology residency at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center was distinguished by his appointment as Chief Resident. Dr. Lakhanpal then undertook a two-year research and medical retina fellowship at the Doheny Retina Institute under the guidance of Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD and Eugene de Juan, MD. There, he wrote several peer-reviewed articles on the Intraocular Retinal Prosthesis and artificial vision, small-incision vitreoretinal surgery, and surgical treatments of retinovascular disease. He was honored with the prestigious Fletcher Jones Foundation Grant for his work and was one of the founders and the Principal Investigator of the Doheny Digital Reading Center’s Diabetic Screening Studies.

Following his tenure at Doheny, Dr. Lakhanpal completed a two-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He served as the Chief of the Retina Service for the Ben Taub General Hospital, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital, performing over 700 surgical procedures in the operating room and over 300 intravitreal injections. At the end of his vitreoretinal fellowship, Dr. Lakhanpal was honored with the Outstanding Fellow Award among his peers. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has presented papers as first author at ARVO and ASRS each of the last 4 years.

Dr. Lakhanpal is a co-founder and current Vice-President of the Vit-Buckle Society (VBS), a national vitreoretinal society focused on surgical innovation and technique while also fostering an atmosphere of discussion and camaraderie.

More recently, Dr. Lakhanpal has also been appointed Co-Section Editor of Retina Today, a monthly peer-reviewed periodical highlighting innovations in medical and surgical techniques. He also has been appointed Co-Section Editor of, a global resource for ophthalmologists to view and discuss surgical challenges and techniques.

Based on Dr. Lakhanpal’s work with 25 gauge vitrectomy 15 years ago, he continues to be one of the leaders in this field of microincisional vitrectomy surgery (MIVS) with 27 gauge vitrectomy, the newest advancement in vitreoretinal surgery technique. For more information, click on the link below.

American Journal of Ophthamology- Outcomes of 27 Gauge Microincision Vitrectomy Surgery for Posterior Segment DIsease

 R. Ross Lakhanpal, M.D., F.A.C.S. was named one of the top 150 medical and surgical retina innovators in North America 2016, according to Ocular Surgery News. Click here for more information.




R. Ross Lakhanpal, M.D., F.A.C.S. performing surgery using Alcon’s Ngenuity 3-D system. Dr. Lakhanpal is the first vitreoretinal specialist in MD/DC/VA to use 3-D heads up surgery technology. Click here for video.


 A Mentor HonoredR. Ross Lakhanpal, M.D., F.A.C.S. had the distinct honor and privilege to have worked every day with Dr. Humayun from 2001-2004 as his Fellow at Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California. They published many manuscripts together during that time and also co-authored the first book chapter on "Artificial Vision" ten years ago. Dr. Humayun is an amazing innovator and an even better person. He provided Dr. Lakhanpal with knowledge and leadership qualities that he uses today.

Click here to see Dr. R. Ross Lakhanpal’s recent participation in a Formula Retina panel discussion on Macular Surgery.

For more information on Dr. Lakhanpal, please click the URLs below:
OSN Retina Article

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Recently, Dr. Lakhanpal was honored by his peers and elected to the prestigious Retina Society. He is now an active member of the Wilmer Residents Association, Doheny Alumni Association, Baylor Alumni Association, American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Association of Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), Vit-Buckle Society (current Vice-President), and Retina Society.

"In October 2011, Dr. Ross Lakhanpal was honored by being inducted into Club Vit, a society that recognizes the top 100 Vitreoretinal Surgeons under 50 years of age worldwide."

"He was also inducted into the prestigious American College of Surgeons, an honor society recognizing the top surgeons in their respective specialties."

Barry M. Weiner, O.D.

Dr. Weiner is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and has a private practice specializing in contact lenses in Phoenix, Maryland. He served as Clinical Instructor and later as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland until 1993. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Weiner has been a consultant for numerous contact lens and contact lens solution manufacturers and has lectured extensively both in the United States and abroad. He has written numerous articles and two book chapters on contact lens related topics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is currently serving on the AOA Contact Lens Section Council. Dr. Weiner specializes in complicated contact lenses and refractive surgery co-management.