Dr. Vinit Mahajan, MD

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Byers Eye Institute 2452 Watson Ct # 2286 Palo Alto, CA 94303 Get Directions
Dr. Vinit Mahajan, MD
As a vitreoretinal surgeon and NIH funded scientist at Stanford University, Dr. Vinit Mahajan is focused on developing new surgical methods to improve the outcomes and safety of eye surgery including a Tano-scraper method for Macular Hole Closure and a Limbus based incisions for infant and pediatric vitrectomy. Dr. Mahajan's research breakthroughs point to personalized molecular therapies that have earned him multiple NIH grants. In 2016 he received the Fight for Sight Alumni Achievement Award for his research. He is developing new precision health approaches to treating eye disease using proteomic bio markers and bioinformatic pipelines for disease applications, Dr. Mahajan and his team performed the first CRISPR therapy for eye disease in human stem cells. Dr. Mahajan is also discovering the genes and proteins that cause eye inflammation and blindness. Dr. Mahajan's research team linked Calpain5, the first gene known to cause eye inflammation, to a rare eye disease that causes generations of blindness and mimics many types of eye disease. His work on Calpain5 was featured on the CBS News and People Magazine. His team's scientific discoveries have been published in over 100 peer reviewed articles in a variety of medical journals. Training scientists and retina fellows to tackle scientific challenges using cutting edge techniques is one of Dr. Mahajan's top priorities. He continues to co-author numerous clinical papers with his surgical fellows and assists his MD.,PhD. and PhD students in winning training grants. Many of his trainees have earned awards recognizing their scientific work. Dr. Mahajan earned his bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, Irvine. Upon completion, he joined the residency program at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA he completed post docotoral laboratory research as an EyeSTAR Fellow. He next specialized in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the University of Iowa's Retina Fellowship Program and joined as faculty in 2008. He is currently a vitreoretinal surgeon, associate professor, and scientist at Stanford University.

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Dr. Mahajan's Care Philosophy

Dr. Mahajan treats each patient like family. His clinical, surgical and research expertise allow him to give highly comprehensive care for vitreoretinal disease. Being on the cutting edge of his profession puts him in a unique position to map out individualized treatment plans that achieve the most successful outcomes. His skills as a mentor and teacher translate to the clinic as he listens to and educates his patients. His patient centered philosophy extends to the postoperative care patients receive as they begin their recovery process. Dr. Mahajan's expertise and excellent patient care have earned him the privilege of having loyal patients, some of whom travel across the country for consultations.

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As a vitreoretinal surgeon and NIH funded scientist at Stanford University, Dr. Vinit Mahajan is focused on developing new surgical methods to improve the outcomes and safety of eye surgery including a Tano-scraper method for Macular Hole Closure and a Limbus based incisions for infant and pediatric vitrectomy.

Dr. Mahajan's research breakthroughs point to personalized molecular therapies that have earned him multiple NIH grants. In 2016 he received the Fight for Sight Alumni Achievement Award for his research. He is developing new precision health approaches to treating eye disease using proteomic bio markers and bioinformatic pipelines for disease applications, Dr. Mahajan and his team performed the first CRISPR therapy for eye disease in human stem cells. 

Dr. Mahajan is also discovering the genes and proteins that cause eye inflammation and blindness. Dr. Mahajan's research team linked Calpain5, the first gene known to cause eye inflammation, to a rare eye disease that causes generations of blindness and mimics many types of eye disease. His work on Calpain5 was featured on the CBS News and People Magazine. His team's scientific discoveries have been published in over 100 peer reviewed articles in a variety of medical journals. 

Training scientists and retina fellows to tackle scientific challenges using cutting edge techniques is one of Dr. Mahajan's top priorities. He continues to co-author numerous clinical papers with his surgical fellows and assists his  MD.,PhD. and PhD students in winning training grants. Many of his trainees have earned awards recognizing their scientific work.

Dr. Mahajan earned his bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He then entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, Irvine. Upon completion, he joined the residency program at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA he completed  post docotoral laboratory research as an EyeSTAR Fellow. He next specialized in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the University of Iowa's Retina Fellowship Program and joined as faculty in 2008. He is currently a vitreoretinal surgeon, associate professor, and scientist at Stanford University. 

Dr. Mahajan's Care Philosophy

Dr. Mahajan treats each patient like family. His clinical, surgical and research expertise allow him to give highly comprehensive care for vitreoretinal disease. Being on the cutting edge of his profession puts him in a unique position to map out individualized treatment plans that achieve the most successful outcomes. His skills as a mentor and teacher translate to the clinic as he listens to and educates his patients. His patient centered philosophy extends to the postoperative care patients receive as they begin their recovery process. Dr. Mahajan's expertise and excellent patient care have earned him the privilege of having loyal patients, some of whom travel across the country for consultations.

Dr. Mahajan says...

Dr. Mahajan has over a decade of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, vascular occlusions, retinal detachment, posterior uveitis, and rare forms of inherited eye disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed studies on eye disease in the leading ophthalmology and scientific journals. His clinical and laboratory research studies have revealed new personalized medicine approaches that he can utilize in the care of each patient.

Dr. Mahajan says...

Dr. Mahajan is a vitreoretinal surgeon who has trained numerous surgical fellows that now operate around the world. He has developed procedures for complex retinal disease cases including retinal detachments, macular holes, macular edema, diabetes, optic maculopathy, and uveitis. He has identified safer approaches for vitreoretinal surgery in children and adults and provides second opinions for complex cases. Dr. Mahajan is among only a handful of surgeons to perform human gene therapy for retinal disease. He has published new surgical biomarker studies that are the first to use personalized proteomics to precisely diagnose and treat otherwise problematic retinal diseases.

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  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Conditions Treated

  • Acute Retinal Necrosis
  • Autoimmune Uveitis
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Exudative Retinal Detachment
  • Eye Trauma
  • Floaters
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Pucker
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment With Break
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Migraine
  • Retinal Scarring
  • Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Uveitis
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage

Education

  • Medical School
    University of California At Irvine / California College of Medicine & Surgery

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    Harbor / UCLA

    Completed in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    Jules Stein Eye Insitute, UCLA

    Completed in 2001

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

    Completed in 2008

  • Undergraduate School
    University of California At Berkeley

    Graduated in 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Vitreous Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Uveitis

Procedures Performed

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Dry Macular Degeneration Management
  • Eye Surgery
  • Iridectomy
  • Macular Degeneration Treatment
  • Macular Hole Surgery
  • Macular Pucker Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Freezing (Cryopexy)
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Wet Macular Degeneration Injections