Rahul Pandit, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Associate Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Pandit received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. After completing medical school at Rush University in his home town of Chicago, Dr. Pandit attended the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. In 2002, he pursued a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery. He has been practicing in Houston since 2003, and was a partner at Medical Center Ophthalmology prior to joining the Methodist Hospital.

He has acted as principal investigator for clinical research trials as well as retrospective studies evaluating ophthalmology surgery outcomes and diagnostic equipment. He has regularly presented his research at the annual meetings of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Pandit was named one the 250 top innovators in premium IOL implant surgery in 2010 by Premier Surgeon Magazine.

Description of Research

Dr. Pandit's research interests include dry eye and other ocular surface diseases, corneal diseases and cataract surgical outcomes.

Areas Of Expertise

Dry eye Ocular allergy Cornea Cataract
Education & Training

, University of Iowa
, West Suburban Hospital & Medical Ctr
, Rush University

Retained lens nuclear fragment presenting years after phacoemulsification
Nair, M & Pandit, RT 2014, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 40, no. 10. DOI:

Comparison of anterior chamber depth measurements from the galilei dual scheimpflug analyzer with IOLmaster
Patel, RP & Pandit, RT 2012, Journal of Ophthalmology, vol 2012, 430249. DOI:

Use of the breathe right external nasal dilator strip as temporary eyelid splint
Pandit, RT 2012, Cornea, vol 31, no. 6, pp. 720-721. DOI:

Brevundimonas diminuta keratitis
Pandit, RT 2012, Eye and Contact Lens, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 63-65. DOI:

Pandit, RT 2011, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 37, no. 11. DOI:

Sudden corneal edema due to retained lens nuclear fragment presenting 8.5 years after cataract surgery
Pandit, RT & Coburn, AG 2011, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 37, no. 6, pp. 1165-1167. DOI:

Primary neisseria meningitidis keratitis
Elias, JA & Pandit, RT 2009, Cornea, vol 28, no. 6, pp. 714-715. DOI:

Dendriform filamentary keratopathy
Pandit, RT 2009, Cornea, vol 28, no. 1, pp. 123-125. DOI:

Combo-chop nuclear disassembly
Pandit, RT 2007, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 33, no. 12. DOI:

Tent-shaped retinal detachments in retinopathy of prematurity
Shapiro, MJ, Alpert, J & Pandit, RT 2006, Retina, vol 26, no. 7 SUPPL.. DOI:

Pop-and-chop nucleofractis
Pandit, RT & Oetting, TA 2003, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 29, no. 11, pp. 2054-2056. DOI:

Comments on Analyzing Refractive Data [2] (multiple letters)
Pandit, RT, Brown, CK, Farjo, AA, Kaye, SB & Harris, WH 2003, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol 29, no. 10.

Iatrogenic corneal and conjunctival toxic reaction from hydrogen peroxide disinfection
Pandit, RT, Farjo, AA & Sutphin, JE 2003, Archives of Ophthalmology, vol 121, no. 6, pp. 904-906. DOI:

Antifungal effects of cyclosporine A [3]
Pandit, RT 2003, Cornea, vol 22, no. 1, pp. 92-93.

Triple anterior stromal ring infiltrate associated with presumed HSV keratitis [2]
Pandit, RT, Halgren, JT, Sutphin, JE & Wagoner, MD 2001, Cornea, vol 20, no. 8, pp. 904-905.