Lakshmana Kooragayala MD is an ophthalmologist at the Marietta Eye Clinic.

Lakshmana Kooragayala, M.D.



Medical and Surgical Retina Uveitis


Kennestone Acworth

About Dr. Kooragayala

The Marietta Eye Clinic wanted to ensure patients did not have to drive to downtown Atlanta to see a retina specialist. Dr. Kooragayala joined this practice in 2005 and started the Retina department to provide the highest quality patient care possible in Marietta. Dr. Kooragayala has extensive training, research and work experience in both India and the USA in the field of Ophthalmology and Retinal surgery. He goes out of his way to provide the utmost care for his patients, listen to their needs keenly, and ensure they receive the most modern treatment methods available. We invite you to explore the credentials and personality of Dr. Kooragayala on this page. Thank you for considering the Marietta Eye Clinic.

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Born the youngest of six children in Anathapur, India, Dr. Lakshmana Kooragayala, “Dr. K,” faced a major life decision at a relatively early age. In the education system of his homeland, 10th grade students must choose to follow either the mathematics or science career path in order to continue their education. Preferring science, Dr. K entered medical school when he was only 17 years old.  Dr. K attended the Kakatiya Medical College in Warangal, India, graduating in 1985. It was during his one-year internship that followed when he first became enamored with the human eye.

“I became immediately fascinated with the examination of the eye. There is so much we can see and learn about the body just by looking into the eye.”

Dr. K was also interested in surgery, and during his internship he began to consider specializing in ophthalmology. “I discovered ophthalmology would allow me to combine two interests,” he explains. He went on to continue his medical education as a resident at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, a 300-bed hospital where only eye surgeries are performed. The Institute trains only the best of the best among medical students, allowing just six new students a year to walk its halls. Dr. K was one of those six.

During the three years Dr. K spent training at the Institute, his interest in the eye became even more focused. He turned his attention to retinal surgery, and desiring to acquire the highest level of skill, he moved on to yet another level of training. He completed a one-year fellowship at the Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, one of the largest eye hospitals in the world. 

By the time Dr. K finished his fellowship, he had been in training for 11 years. One might have expected him to immerse himself in his profession and begin reaping its rewards. However, by then things had changed in India and he came to worry about what opportunities would be available for his two children, twin boys. 

It was then when he decided to move his family to America, even though it meant he would have to complete his specialty training all over again in the U.S. For Dr. K, moving to America literally meant starting over. 

Settling initially in New York, he completed his second internship, this time in Internal Medicine, at the New York Medical College, Lincoln Hospital. Quickly his talents were realized and he found himself in the unique position of being on the medical faculty while completing the internship. 

The joint physician-in-training/faculty role was repeated when Dr. K entered his second residency and subsequent fellowship training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. At times, he found himself lecturing to the very people who worked alongside him as fellow residents. 

It was during his time in Louisiana when Dr. K obtained his U.S. citizenship. “After having to train an additional 10 years to become board certified in America, I was here to stay,” Dr. K says with a grin. “Besides, this is where my sons can pursue their dreams, whatever they may be.” 

Married for thirty years, the Kooragayalas’ have two sons. One son is pursuing a career as a physician and the other is pursuing a career as a lawyer. Dr. K does manage to relax when at home. In addition to growing vegetables native to India, he enjoys puttering around the house. “I like being a handyman,” he says, “although I have to be careful with my hands.” Operating at the micron level inside the eye, Dr. K must protect his highly trained hands as he has invested over twenty years in them. “That’s why I want to take up watercolor painting and drawing,” he says with a laugh.


Medical Retina
Vitreo-Retinal Surgery


Medical License in the State of Georgia
Medical License in the State of Kansas
Board Certified – Ophthalmology 2004

Honors & Awards

John W. Henderson Award for the best Resident Presentation at 11th Annual Meeting of Ophthalmology Residents and Alumni, LSUHSC-Shreveport, LA.

Steve Hansen Award for the Outstanding Poster Presentation at Southwestern Association for Clinical Microbiology in New Orleans, LA.

Gold Medal in Internal Medicine, awarded by The Physicians Association of India.


Fellowship – Retina- Vitreous Surgery
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA -1993-96
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India, -1990-91

Residency – Ophthalmology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA – 1999-2002
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, – 1987-90

Internal Medicine, Lincoln Hospital affiliate, New York Medical College, 1992-93.
Rotating Internship, M.G.M. Hospital, Warangal, India, 1985-86.

Doctor of Medicine
Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India, 1980-85

Hospital Appointments

Wellstar Hospital
Northside Hospital – Main Campus

Professional Associations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retinal Specialist
All India Ophthalmological Society, India

Research & Publications

Current Research
Age-related macular degeneration
1. Evaluating Abicipar for Safety and Treatment Effect in Patients With Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
2. A Safety and Efficacy Study of Abicipar Pegol in Patients With Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration
3. Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Conbercept Intravitreal Injection in Subjects with Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration

Diabetic Retinopathy
1. Evaluating Treatment for Center Involved DME in Eyes with Very Good Visual Acuity
2. Genes in Diabetic Retinopathy Project
3. Intravitrous Anti- VEGF Treatment for Prevention of Vision Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy in Eyes at High Risk
4. Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Intravitreal Aflibercept to Prevent Progression to Vision-Threatening Events in Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy

1. Suprachoroidal Injection of Triamcinolone Acetonide With IVT Aflibercept in Subjects With Macular Edema Following RVO

Past research
Age-related macular degeneration
1. Study of Intravitreal REGN2176-3 in Patients With Neovascular (“Wet”) Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
2. Efficacy and Safety of RTH258 Versus Aflibercept

Diabetic Retinopathy
1. A Safety and Efficacy Study of Oral Danazol (a Previously Approved Drug)in the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema
2. Controlled Study in Subjects with Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

1. Safety,Tolerability and Efficacy of Intravitreal LFG316 in Patients With Active Non-infectious Intermediate-, posterior-or Panuveitis
2. Open-label Safety Study of Suprachoroidal Triamcinolone Acetonide Injectable Suspension in Patients with Non-Infectious Uveitis
3. Suprachoroidal Injection of CLS-TA in Subjects With Macular Edema Associated With Non-infectious Uveitis
4. Safety and Efficacy of Iontophoretic Dexamethasone Phosphate Ophthalmic Solution in Non-Infectious Anterior Uveitis Vitreomacular Adhesion
5. Ocriplasmin Clinical Case Compendium
6. Retrospective study for previous patients treated with JETREA
7. Observation of JETREA patients for the treatment of VMA

1. To Evaluate the Long-term Safety and Tolerability of Cariprazine as an Adjunctive Treatment to Antidepressant Therapy (ADT) in Patients With Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
2. ReSTOR +8D multifocal IOL compared to ACRYSOF IQ Monofocal  IOL in subjects with AMD and Cataract

Employment Experience

Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon , Marietta Eye Clinic, Marietta, GA – 2005 – present

Assistant Professor, Vitreo-retinal surgery, Dept. of Ophthalmology, L.S.U. Medical Center, Shreveport, LA. -2002-2005

Instructor, Vitreo-retinal surgery, Dept. of Ophthalmology, L.S.U. Medical Center, Shreveport, LA. 1996 –99

Faculty, Retina Dept., Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India, 1991-92

Personal Interests

Jogging, reading, and handy man activities.

Dr. Kooragayala's Main Office

Marietta Eye Clinic Kennestone Office

895 Canton Road NE (Clinic Bldg 100, Retina & Oculoplastics Bldg 200)

Marietta, GA 30060

Phone (770) 427-8111

Glasses (678) 784-0250

Contact Lenses (678) 784-0251

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Extended hours may be available

News & Events


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