A San Diego native, Dr. Iyengar graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the top of his class and served as class president. He did his surgical internship at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He completed his ophthalmic residency at the University of Kansas, where he was recognized for the highest in-training exam scores and selected by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology as a Paul Kayser International Scholar. He then selected to spend one year teaching surgery around the world on a DC-10 airplane as part of the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital with ORBIS International, a non-profit organization based in New York and focused on reducing preventable blindness.
Dr. Iyengar then completed his ASOPRS-sponsored fellowship training in oculofacial plastic surgery in Los Angeles. After 3 years as one of the only oculoplastic surgeons in Central Florida, and serving as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, he returned home to San Diego’s North County, to start San Diego Eyelid Specialists in Encinitas and La Jolla.
Dr. Iyengar is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) as well as a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(ASOPRS). He a member of the San Diego County Medical Society and serves as a board examiner for oculoplastic surgeons finishing their training in eyelid surgery.
Dr. Iyengar frequently has eye plastic surgeons from around the country visit our suburban San Diego practice and is the only eye plastic surgeon in the San Diego area to be voted by his peers at a Top Doctor in Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery. This information exchange from professional colleagues who are also leaders in the field keep our practice at the forefront of eyelid surgery. Having this large professional network of top surgeons around the globe provides another layer of convenience with patients who have careers that require travel.
Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer and Dr. Jerry Popham are well-respected oculoplastic surgeons in Denver, CO and Tampa, FL.
Dr. Iyengar was the featured speaker at the San Diego Blepharospasm Society meeting. As an eyelid expert, Dr. Iyengar is an authority on diseases like blepharospasm that affect the eyelids.
He has a particular interest in international medicine and complements his San Diego practice with volunteer surgery around the globe from Honduras to Cambodia. He serves as a voluntary faculty member at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and as the attending surgeon at the free eye clinic in downtown San Diego where he oversees residents and medical students. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Volunteer Faculty Award from the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute for his contributions to teaching training eye surgeons.
He is a member of Scripps Mercy Physician Partners and provides consulting support for complicated eyelid and orbital injuries at Scripps Encinitas Hospital where he serves as Chief of Ophthalmology. He has also served as part of the medical staff for professional sports teams including the San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Tigers. Dr. Iyengar serves as Volunteer Faculty in Oculoplastic Surgery with ORBIS International and helps teach eyelid surgeons around the globe.
Outstanding Volunteer Faculty Award from the UCSD Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla, CA
Dr. Iyengar is an active member of the medical community here in San Diego and has significantly contributed to the medical literature in his field of eyelid surgery. In 2020, Dr. Iyengar, along with co-authors from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary published a new eyelid syndrome in the most prestigious journal for eyelid surgery– Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His article describing this new eyelid syndrome is seen here:
Hereditary Palpebro-Gingival Fibrosis Syndrome