The Power List 2015
When working as a Fellow in the Cornea and Refractive service, Agarwal developed the technique of computer simulation-assisted rotational autokeratoplasty, and gained recognition nationally – receiving the Indian National Science Academy Young Scientist Medal, and a Best of Show award from the AAO. He was also recognized for discovering a cause of severe ocular alkali burns in Indian children – bursting Chuna packets (edible calcium hydroxide). He has more than 60 published papers, including over 15 new surgical techniques.
A nominator said: “Among his many accomplishments, Dr Agarwal described the use of smartphones in diagnosing fungal keratitis. This pioneering work has opened up a new area of research in mobile phone based point-of-care diagnostics in ophthalmology, and he continues to adapt high-end technology for use in the most basic settings in developing countries, thus enriching the lives of the most underprivileged people. He was instrumental in development of International Council Ophthalmology residency curriculum committee. His other passion is teaching cataract surgery to residents for which he has established a world-class wet Lab at RP Centre.”