Nandini Gandhi, M.D.

Nandini G. Gandhi, M.D.


Pediatric Ophthalmology

Adult Strabismus


  • Byron Demorest Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Residency Program Director
  • Associate Professor


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Sacramento, CA 95825
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Philosophy of Care

Given the incredible impact of vision on learning and development, I see the treatment of ophthalmic conditions as one part in the overall development child. I look forward to meeting your family and helping your child acheive their best visual potential.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Gandhi is a comprehensive pediatric ophthalmologist who cares for children with congenital and acquired ophthalmic conditions such as strabismus (ocular misalignment), amblyopia, disorders of the nasolacrimal system, and cataracts. She also provides care for adult patients with strabismus or double vision who are interested in exploring surgical options.

Research/Academic Interests

As director of the ophthalmology residency, I take very seriously the training of the next generation of ophthalmologists. Our excellent trainees are an intergral part of the clinical and surgical work on the pediatrics service.


Pediatric Ophthalmology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., UC San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2006

B.S., Stanford University, Stanford CA 2001

Internship: Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York NY 2006-2007


Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City IA 2007-2010


Pediatric Ophthalmology, Duke University, Durham NC 2010-2011

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology

Women in Ophthalmology

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Resident Advocate Award, UC Davis Eye Center, 2018

Clinical Teaching Award, UC Davis Eye Center, 2014

Interprofessional Teaching Scholar, UC Davis Health System, 2014

Hornaday Fellow Award for Resident teaching, Duke University Eye Center, 2011

Resident Award for Medical Student teaching, University of Iowa, Dept of Ophthalmology, 2010

Instructional Improvement Award, University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology, 2010

U.S. Fulbright Fellowship, Mumbai, India, 2001

Ronald M. Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts, Stanford University, 2001

Lyle and Olive Cook Award for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, 2001

Select Recent Publications

Chang MY, Gandhi N, O'Hara M. Ophthalmologic disorders and risk factors in children with autism spectrum disorder. JAAPOS. 2019 Dec;23(6):337.e1-337.e6

Cabrera MT, Yanovitch TL, Gandhi NG, Ding L, Enyedi LB. The flipped-classroom approach to teaching horizontal strabismus in ophthalmology residency: a pilot study. J AAPOS. 2019 Aug;23(4):200.e1-200.e6.

Fang SY, Gandhi N, Satterfield D, O'Hara M. Strabismus surgery for Medicare-aged patients: more than a decade of insights. J AAPOS. 2018 Jun;22(3):170-173.

Gandhi NG, Jones SK, Freedman SF. Icare ONE Home Tonometry in Children With and Without Known Glaucoma. J Glaucoma.  2016 Apr Feb;25(2):e66-9.

Gandhi NG. Treatment of neuro-ophthalmic and orbitofacial manifestations of neurofibromatosis type 1. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2013 Sept;24(5):506-11.

Gandhi NG, Lin LK, O'Hara M. Sildenafil for pediatric orbital lymphangioma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Sept;131(9):1228-30.

Gandhi, NG, Prakalapakorn SG, El-Dairi MA, Jones SK, Freedman SF. Icare ONE rebound versus Goldmann applanation tonometry in children with known or suspected glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2012 Nov;154(5):843-849.

Gandhi NG, Rogers GM, Kardon RH, Allen RC. Periodic unilateral eyelid retraction in a pediatric patient. J Neuroophthalmol. 2011 Dec;31(4):350-2.

Gandhi N, Oetting TA, Kirby P. The Case of the Squeegee and the Drifting Spots. EyeNet. 2008 Jan; 12(1):49-51

Lietman TM, Neuwelt MD, Gandhi NG, Dalmon CA, Benitah N. Trachoma research: it takes more than a village. Lancet. 2006 Feb 4;367(9508):395.