Dr. Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath was born on February 24th, 1940 in Chennai, India. He specialises in Ophthalmology, preferably in Vetreo-retinal surgery. He started his higher education in 1955 at Loyola College before going on to graduate in 1963 from the Madras Medical College in Madras. He went on to conduct a year of residency and internship in New York at Glasslands Hospital.
After his initial studies in Ophthalmology at the New York University Medical School, he continued a residency at the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Infirmary located in New York. He continued with a fellowship alongside one of the most recognised Ophthalmology surgeons, Dr. Charles Schepens. In 1969, he continued his education at the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and also became a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
In 1970, he returned home to India where he started working at the Voluntary Health Services in Chennai. In 1970 itself, he opened his own practice at the H.M. Hospital and then in 1973, he opened a practice at Vijaya Hospital, Chennai which he did till 1978. In 1978, he co-founded the Medical & Vision Research Foundations in Madras.
A part of this foundation funded and created the Sankara Nethralaya, a nonprofit hospital unit. Since the start of Sankara Nethralaya, it has grown massively. It has now become an institution that receives patients from all over the world and employs over 1,000 professionals.