'Distinguished Chair' program: Chairs were created in select areas
The Board of Trustees of LVPEI took a decision to recognize people who had made major contributions to the evolution of the Institute. Under the 'Distinguished Chair' program, Chairs were created in select areas and named after individuals who had played a significant role in the growth of a particular area in the Institute.
Dr Kallam Anji Reddy Distinguished Chair of Ophthalmology: Instituted in the year 2004, this Chair is named after Dr Anji Reddy of Dr Reddy's Laboratories, one of the Institute's greatest supporters. Dr. Reddy supported LVPEI’s activities in various ways, through his benevolent contributions towards the cause of eye care and in particular the various research projects undertaken at LVPEI. Dr Ravi Thomas held the first Dr Kallam Anji Reddy Distinguished Chair followed by Dr G Chandra Sekhar, the present Director of the KAR campus of LVPEI.
Dr G Chandra Sekhar Distinguished Chair of Education: Instituted in 2004, it is named after Dr G. Chandra Sekhar who has been with the institute from its inception. An astute clinician and popular teacher, his contributions to the Institute as the first Director of Education were recognized by instituting this Chair in his name. This Chair is currently held by Dr Prashant Garg, Director, Education.
Dr D Balasubramanian Distinguished Chair of Eye Research: Instituted on the occasion of the Institute's Foundation Day in 2004, this is awarded to the Director of Research at LVPEI, and is named after Dr D Balasubramanian, the first Director of Research and an eminent scientist with a distinguished career of awards and achievements.
Dr Paul Dubord Distinguished Chair of Cornea: This was instituted in the Institute's Silver Jubilee Year, and is named after the Institute's long-term friend and supporter, Dr Paul Dubord, cornea specialist, who has provided significant support for the development of eye banking and corneal transplantation at the Institute for over 20 years. Dr Paul Dubord worked with LVPEI through Eyesight International (ESI) which he founded in 1994, which is dedicated to eliminating blindness and bringing self-sustaining eye care to rural communities in the developing world. The first incumbent to this Chair is Dr Virender S Sangwan.
Dr Taraprasad Das Chair of Ophthalmology: Instituted on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of Bhubaneswar campus on 3rd July 2013, the chair was created in recognition of Dr Das’s many contributions towards the development of the Bhubaneswar campus. Dr. Sujata Das, the Director of LVPEI Bhubaneswar, is the current incumbent of the Dr Taraprasad Das Chair.
Dr Savitri Sharma Chair of Ocular Microbiology: To honour the significant contribution made by Dr Savitri Sharma, Director, Laboratory Services, LVPEI network, towards ocular microbiology services at LVPEI, Dr Savitri Sharma Chair of Ocular Microbiology was announced on the occasion of the 30th Foundation day of LVPEI on 17 October 2016.