Dr. Rupal Shah, 46, completed her medical studies at Topiwala National Medical College, Bombay University in 1992. She completed her M.S. (Master of Surgery) degree in Ophthalmology. Subsequently, Dr. Shah went to Germany for training in refractive surgery. She then, along with her husband, set up New Vision Laser Centers in Mumbai in 1994. At that time, this was the 5th laser refractive surgery center in India, and the first in West India. In 2012, New Vision Laser Centers joined hands with the New Delhi based Centre for Sight, to set up India’s largest LASIK network.
Subsequently, New Vision Laser Centers-CFS have more than 23 laser centers all over India. In addition, Centre for Sight operates more than 20 Superspeciality Eye Clinics all over India. Dr. Rupal Shah is the Group Medical Director of New Vision Laser Centers-CFS. In this capacity she oversees the work of more than 100 ophthalmologists.
Dr. Rupal Shah is also extremely active in training ophthalmologists to perform LASIK. She has personally performed laser surgery at more than 30 centers all over the world, and more than a 1000 ophthalmologists have performed their first LASIK procedures under her guidance and mentorship.
In 2008, Dr. Rupal Shah became a medical consultant to Carl Zeiss Meditec for refractive lasers. In this capacity, she has performed the highest number of ReLEx procedures in the world. She has also helped to improve the results of the procedure, even before its commercial launch in 2010.
She has a strong academic interest, and is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery (American Academy of Ophthalmology), besides other local ophthalmic associations. She regularly presents papers at various meetings all over the world and India.
In 2008, Dr. Rupal Shah was awarded the President’s Gold Medal by the Indian Intraocular Lens and Refractive Surgery Society, which was presented to her by the Governor of Maharashtra. In 2010-2011, Dr. Rupal Shah was awarded the Shiv Prasad Hardia award for the best paper in Refractive Surgery by the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS). She was also awarded Best Paper of Session by the the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
Dr. Rupal Shah has several publications, both in peer reviewed journals, like the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and in Industry publications like Ocular Surgery News, Ophthalmological Times, CRS-Today, and Ophthalmology World Report. In 2010, Ophthalmology World Report nominated her as one of the 25 women who have had the most impact on Indian Ophthalmology.