Jay Chhablani, MD

  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Medical Retina and Vitreoretinal Surgery

A Conversation With Dr. Chhablani

Jay Chhablani is a vitreo-retina specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Eye Center, Pittsburgh, USA. He completed a clinical vitreo-retina fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India and was an International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) fellow at Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, Switzerland, in 2009. He was a Clinical Instructor at the Jacobs Retina Center at Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego, USA (2010-2012) before joining the faculty at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India (2012-19). His areas of interest are macular disorders and recent imaging techniques. He published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals with a focus in the field of choroid. He is the editor of books “Choroidal Disorders”, “Central Serous Chorioretinopathy” and “Choroidal Neovascularization”. He is on the reviewing boards of all high impact journals including Science Translational Medicine and Lancet. He is also on the editorial board of several journals including American Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a member of Macula Society and a member of various committees in international societies including American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has won several national and international awards and delivered inaugural Ian Constable lecture at Asia-Pacific Vitreo-Retina Society in 2016. He received Inaugural Namperumalsamy Young Researcher Award in 2018, presented by Vitreo-Retina Society of India.   

Clinical Emphasis
Macular disorders - age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and central serous chorioretinopathy
Vitreo-retinal surgery - macular hole repair, diabetic vitrectomy, and retinal detachment repair

Research Emphasis 
Retinal Imaging and clinical applications

Education & Training

  • Medical School - Pt JNM Medical College, India
  • Residency - Kasturba Medical College, India
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship - Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai
  • Medical Retina Fellowship - University of California, San Diego

Representative Publications

Research Interests

Clinical research

  • Choroidal diseases such as Central Serous Chorioretinopathy, Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy
  • Newer anti-VEGF drugs in retinal disease such as ziv-aflibercept
  • Newer imaging modalities such as OCT angiography
  • Imaging biomarkers for various retinal and choroidal diseases


Image processing

  • Development of various automated algorithms for choroidal image analysis
  • Machine learning algorithms for various macular diseases using multimodal imaging modalities



  • Newer techniques for macular hole repair
  • ​Intraoperative optical coherence tomography


Basic research

  • Proteomics and genomics in Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Proteomics and genomics in surgical-removed epiretinal and internal limiting membranes 
  • Proteomics and genomics in Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Proteomics in age-related macular degeneration