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Alok Shawn Bansal, MD

Alok S. Bansal, MD, Northern California Retina Vitreous Associates

Education & Appointments

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Medical School
    Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH
  • Ophthalmology Residency
    Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Retina Fellowship
    Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Academic Appointment
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, UC San Francisco, CA


Dr. Bansal grew up in Ohio and completed an Accelerated 6-year, combined undergraduate and medical degree in Northeast Ohio where he was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. While in medical school, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Howard Hughes Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC, where he investigated the basic mechanisms of macular degeneration.

Following his internship, Dr. Bansal completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, ranked in the top-10 Ophthalmologic Residency Programs. During residency, Dr. Bansal traveled to Nicaragua to perform cataract surgery for the underserved. Dr. Bansal then pursued an additional 2-year Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia where he worked closely with many of the pioneers of vitreoretinal surgery. During fellowship, Dr. Bansal was awarded the National Research Award at the Retina Fellows' Forum for his work on vitrectomy surgery. Dr. Bansal has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in the Ophthalmic literature and presented his research at many national meetings. He is currently a reviewer for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Retina.

Dr. Bansal is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in all aspects of vitreoretinal diseases. His clinical interests include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusions. He has extensive surgical experience in the management of complicated retinal detachments, macular hole, epiretinal membrane, diabetic retinopathy, complications of cataract surgery, and dislocated intraocular lenses. He is an active member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF-VA Medical Center in San Francisco where he teaches residents.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Bansal enjoys traveling, hiking, and snowboarding. Dr. Bansal prides himself on providing state-of-the art compassionate care to all of his patients. He strives to treat all of his patients like family.

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