Dr. Mudumbai earned his bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York. He earned his medical degree through the BA/MD program of the City University of New York and the State University of New York-Health Sciences Center. Following his internship in internal medicine at Winthrop University Hospital, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the State University of New York. He completed two fellowships. The first specializing in glaucoma at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and the second in neuro ophthalmology, orbit and oculoplastics from the University of Minnesota.

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Undergraduate Education: BA, City University of New York, 1990
Medical School: BA/MD, City University of New York/State University of New York, 1994
Internship: Internal Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, 1995
Residency: Ophthalmology, State University of New York, 1998
Fellowship: Glaucoma, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1999, Neuro Ophthalmology, Orbit, Oculoplastics, University of Minnesota, 2000
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)

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Academic Interests 

Clinical Interests

Dr. Mudumbai’s clinical interests include the medical and surgical care of cataract, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus.

Research Focus

Research Focus: Dr. Mudumbai’s research focus is on optic nerve imaging in both glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmic conditions. He also is interested in educational research that looks to improve resident training.

Awards & Honors

2012 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2007 Outstanding Teaching Award (Selected by University of Washington Ophthalmology Residents)

2003 Outstanding Teaching Award (Selected by University of Washington Ophthalmology Residents)   

1990 Phi Beta Kappa (elected in 3rd year of college)


Mudumbai R , Liebmann JM, Ritch R: Combined exfoliation and pigment dispersion: An overlap syndrome. Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc. 1999; 97: 297- 314.

Oliva MS, Ahmadi AJ, Mudumbai R, Hargiss JL, Sires BS: Transient impaired vision, external ophthalmoplegia, and internal ophthalmoplegia after blepharoplasty under local anesthesia. Am J Ophthalmol 2003 Mar;135(3) 410-12.

Thakker MM, Huang J, Possin DE, Ahmadi AJ, Mudumbai R, Orcutt JC, Tarbet KJ, Sires BS: Human Orbital Sympathetic Nerve Pathways: Orbital Apex to Ciliary Ganglion. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Sep Oct;24(5):360-6.

Mudumbai RC, Bhandari AL: Bilateral isolated lateral geniculate body lesions in a patient with pancreatitis and microangiopathy. J Neuro-Ophthalmol 2007;27:169- 75.

Chen PP, Cady RS, Mudumbai RC, Ngan R: Continued visual field progression in eyes with prior visual field progression in patients with open-angle glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2010; 19(9):598-603.

Mudumbai RC, Clinical Update on normal tension glaucoma. Semin Ophthalmol. 2013 May; 28(3):173-9.

Primary Clinical Office

Eye Institute at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-897-4320

Mailing Address:
Box 359608
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone: 206-543-7250


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