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Prithvi S. Sankar, MD

Prithvi S. Sankar, MD Physician

Director, Medical Student Education Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Tamil

Dr. Sankar is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2001

Clinical Expertise:

  • Closed Angle Glaucoma
  • Family History of Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma of Childhood
  • Glaucoma Procedures
  • Glaucoma Suspects
  • Hypersecretion Glaucoma
  • Iridotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
  • Neovascular Glaucoma
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Optic Nerve Disorders
  • Phacolytic Glaucoma
  • Pigmentary Glaucoma
  • Primary Congenital Glaucoma
  • Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma
  • Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation
  • Visual Field Defects

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
Residency: University of Pittsburgh Health Center
Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary


American Academy of Ophthalmology, National American Glaucoma Society, National American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, National Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology, National Chandler Grant Glaucoma Society, National Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, Local Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Philadelphia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local Research to Prevent Blindness, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sankar is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:


Selected Publications:

Fisher JB, Sankar PS, Miller-Ellis EG, Ahmed HN, Maguire MG, Schutte-Rodin S, Piltz-Seymour JR.: Prevalence of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG) in African-American Patients With Sleep Apnea Syndrome Poster Presentation, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL : 2005.

Sankar PS: Glaucoma Specialty Clinical Update: Diagnostics. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Web based CME format. : 2003.

Sankar PS, Chen TC, Grosskreutz CL, Pasquale LR: Traumatic Hyphema. International Ophthalmology Clinic 42 : 57-68,2002.

Sankar PS, Pasquale LR, Grosskreutz CL: Uveal Effusion and Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma Associated with Topiramate Use. Arch Ophthalmol : 2001.

Hu DE, Sankar PS, Chang BM, Dhaliwal DK: Dry Eye Syndrome Current Concepts in Ophthalmology 7 : 29-33,1999.

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Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Ophthalmology
51 North 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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