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Prashanth Vallabhanath, M.D.



About me:

Prashanth Vallabhanath, M.D.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Oculoplastics
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Locations

  • Northwest | (503) 227-2020
  • Barnes Road | (503) 227-2020
  • Tigard | (503) 227-2020

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Prashanth Vallabhanath was named one of Portland's Top Doctors in 2014 and 2016 by Portland Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Vallabhanath specializes in oculoplastic surgery which entails cosmetic, corrective and reconstructive surgery of structures around the eye.

"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 Prashanth Vallabhanath, MD affectionately calls him Dr. PV. He was born in India 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.

Education:

Fellowship
1998 - 2000
Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
 
Residency
1995 - 1998
Residency in Ophthalmology
Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
 
Internship
1994 - 1995
Transitional Internship
Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, MI
 
Medical School
1989 - 1994
Doctor of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
 
Undergraduate
1987 - 1989
Bachelor of Science Cell & Molecular Biology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Science Cell & Molecular Biology

LICENSURE AND CERTIFCATION

Oregon Board of Medical Examiners MD22584  
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

2000 - Present Private Practice, EyeHealth Northwest (formerly Oregon Medical Eye Clinic)
July 1984 - September 1985 Private Practice, North Suburban Eye Associates (Melrose, MA)

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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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 astern 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.

PUBLICATIONS

1990 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
1992 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
1996 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
1999 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

Practice Locations:

Barnes Road Office
9555 SW Barnes Rd, Suite 201
Portland, OR 97225
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Northwest Office
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Tigard Office
15298 SW Royalty Pkwy
Tigard, OR 97224
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Patient Resources:

Dr. PV's Patient Handouts:
What to Expect with Eyelid Surgery

Request an Appointment:

Request Appointment Online  
 
Northwest: 503-227-2020  
Barnes Road: 503-227-2020  
Tigard: 503-227-2020  
 

Patient Accounts:

If you have questions about your account or insurance, please call our patient accounts representatives at: 503-344-5115.

Administration:

503-557-2020

Videos & Reviews:

Dr. Prashanth Vallabhanath, Dr. PV Reviews

The entire staff was courteous, efficient and caring. I am thrilled with the vision outcome from Dr. PV's surgical skills. I can recommend this organization completely!-Google Review

I showed up early for my appointment as I was a new patient. The front desk staff was very nice, organized and well prepared. I have to say Dr. Prashanth Vallabhanath was top notch, very on point with all of my questions and concerns as I was having an excision on my eyelid (a common procedure, but still it's your eye), and gave great instruction on what I should be feeling/experiencing during the procedure. His assistant Emily I believe her name is was very kind, attentive and straight to the point. I'd chose Dr. Prashanth Vallabhanath completely by luck and was pleasantly surprised with the level of service and efficiency to which I was served. Keep up the great work.- Google Review

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