Dr. Maneesh Bapaye, a graduate from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, did his D.N.B. and fellowship in Vitreo-retinal surgery from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. He was awarded the best outgoing student award for D.N.B. He did a short term observership in Uveitis under Dr. Jyotirmay Biswas at Sankara Nethralaya. He did an advanced surgical course organized by EVRTS (European Vitreo-retina Training School) in Germany. He also did a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management at XLRI, Jamshedpur.
He manages the department of Vitreo-Retina, Uvea, and Neuro-ophthalmology, as well as Trauma, Lasik, and Cataract at Dr. Bapaye Hospital. He is an authority in all aspects of the medical retina including Fundus Angiography, Ultrasonography, Lasers, ani-VEGF Injections, Electrodiagnosis, etc. He visits several NICUs in civil and private hospitals in Nashik for management of Retinopathy of Prematurity. His surgical expertise involves difficult retinal detachment and diabetic retinopathy and macular surgeries and 23 and 25g vitrectomy.
He is invited as faculty to several state and national and international conferences and has several paper presentations to his credit. He is member of American Society of Retinal Surgeons (ASRS), Euretina, European Vitreoretinal Society (EVRS), All India Ophthalmologic Society (AIOS), Vitreo-retinal Society of India (VRSI), Maharashtra Ophthalmologic Society (MOS), Nashik Ophthalmological Association (NOA) and Indian Medical Association (IMA). He was secretary of Nashik ophthalmic association and is presently a member of the scientific committee of Maharashtra ophthalmological Association.
Dr. Maneesh Bapaye has also gained recognition as an Innovator in ophthalmology. His invention, The Claw, a novel foreign body removal forceps was extensively used after the Kashmir riots of 2016 to remove non-magnetic pellets from the eyes of the injured. Dr. Maneesh presented his innovation internationally in American Society of Retina Surgeons annual meeting 2017 in Boston, Euretina 2017 in Barcelona, European Vitro-retinal Society Conference 2017 in Florence, Asia-Pacific Ocular Trauma Society conference 2018 in Chennai, World Congress on Ocular Trauma 2019, New Delhi and Asia-Pacific Association of Ophthalmology Annual Conference 2019 in Bangkok. He has received the Best Innovation Award of Maharashtra State in 2017 and ALL India Rakesh Sharma Memorial award in 2018 for this innovation. Today this forceps has found its place in the armamentarium of several retina surgeons worldwide and has helped them to salvage injured eyes which were previously difficult to manage.
Dr. Maneesh’s second innovation, a Vitreo-retinal Aspiration scraper has also received the All India S Natarajan Award in 2019 and has been presented in the American Society of Retina surgeons meet Chicago 2019, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress meet in Bangkok 2019, Vitreo-retinal Surgeons of India conference 2019 in Lucknow.