Dr. Devgan Teaches Other Doctors

Chief of Ophthalmology Olive View UCLA

Associate Clinical Professor at UCLA

Uday Devgan MD created his private practice in 2000 to provide the highest level of eye surgery to his patients, without students or doctors in training. This ensures that all patients only receive surgical care directly from Dr Devgan's expert hands.

For the past decade, Dr Devgan has taught surgical techniques to every one of the UCLA resident eye doctors. He is the only UCLA clinical faculty member to have earned the coveted teaching award twice,  & in 2012 a record 3 times. 

In the history of UCLA Dr. Devgan is the only private practice physician who is the chief of ophthalmology at one of their largest teaching hospitals, Olive View.  Previously, if a doctor was selected to be a department chief, he could not have a private practice.  Dr. Devgan's excellent reputation, recognized by his peers as one of the best eye surgeons, surgical techniques and teaching skills have earned him the position of chief of ophthalmology at Olive View UCLA medical center.

Who are these resident surgeons that Dr Devgan teaches?

Every year 400 MDs apply to the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute training program in order to become a resident surgeon in ophthalmology. Of the 400 applicants, 50 of them receive interviews and just 8 MDs per year are accepted. These MDs then spend three years learning all about ocular surgery and Dr Devgan is the primary teacher of cataract surgery for these doctors.

Dr. Lucy Shen --  Harvard Medical School

A few years ago, a bright and hard-working graduate of Harvard Medical School was accepted into the program – Lucy Shen MD. She blossomed into a great surgeon and she then returned to Harvard Medical School to teach her own eye surgery residents.  Dr Shen is also a faculty member at the prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI).  Dr Devgan has also given invited lectures and surgical instruction at the Harvard Medical School annual Cataract Course. Now Dr Shen teaches his methods to the Harvard ophthalmologists every week.

Dr Lucy Shen learned eye surgery operating skills from Dr Devgan and now she is passing her talents on to the future generation of doctors in Boston.  Here is a recent email correspondence between Dr Devgan and Dr Shen:

Hi Uday,

I was just talking to the MEEI residents recently about some practical issues w/ phaco (fluid dynamics, how to load certain lenses).  I was surprised that I still remembered a lot of what you taught us back then - when to raise the bottle, when to adjust the flow rate, etc.. also, you insisted that we used a different phaco machine and lens system so that we could try different equipment. These things didn't seem much back then, but now in retrospect, I think they are really important to learn during training.

I do have to say it was probably the best training I could have asked for. Now that I have a comparison, I realize how good it really was.

Keep doing what you are doing - I'm sure I'm not the only one raving about your teachings afterwards.

Lucy