Prithvi Mruthyunjaya MD, MHS is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford Univeristy, member of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Service and is the new Director of Ocular Oncology at the Byers Eye Institute. He is a board certified ophthalmologist who has completed two prestigious fellowships: the first in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Duke University and the second in Ocular Oncology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England.

He cares for patients with conditions related to cancer of the eye in both adults and children--either benign, pre-cancerous, or eye cancer. These conditions include ocular melanoma, hemangioma, cancers from other parts of the body which spread to the eye, Coats' disease, retinoblastoma, iris tumors (melanoma, cysts, metastatic lesions) and tumors of the conjunctiva including melanoma, and squamous cells carcinoma. He also manages the eye related side effects of chemotherapy treatments. He is an expert in using the most advanced diagnostic tests to make a personalized treatment plan for every patient. With his expertise in retinal surgery, he treats patients with a variety of advanced techniques including small instrument tumor biopsy, vitrectomy, and radiation therapy.

As a retinal surgeon, he manages complicated retinal diseases including retinal detachment, macular holes, epiretinal membranes, and diabetic eye disease.

His approach to any patient is to provide customized care for every patient and works closely with other experts at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Dr. Mruthyunjaya is actively involved in research in ocular cancer imaging, genetics, and new modalities of tumor biopsy.

His passion lies in developing collaborative research networks and training the next generation of vitreoretinal surgeons. His academic contributions were recognized by the Heed, AOS-Knapp and Ronald G Michels foundations the American Society of Retina Specialists with a Senior Honor Award. He was recently listed as one of the worlds 150 most innovative retinal specialists.


Dr. Mruthyunjaya was born in India and moved to Upstate New York at the age of 2. He was selected for the highly prestigious accelerated 6-year medical program completing his undergraduate studies at Rensselaer in 2 years then moving on to complete his medical studies at Albany Medical College where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. At the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC, he finished his Ophthalmology residency, Chief Residency, and clinical-research fellowships in Vitreoretinal surgery followed by an Ocular Oncology fellowship at the Moorfields Eye Hosptial in London, UK. As a fellow, he was recognized with the highest nationwide honors by the Heed, AOS-Knapp and Ronald G Michels foundations. He was on faculty at Duke from 2005-16 where developed an integrated Retina-Ocular Oncology program and was named a tenured Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology, Medical Director and Director of Ocular Oncology. He has enjoyed moving to the Bay area with his family.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center Ophthalmology Fellowships (2004) NC
  • Internship: University of Rochester Internal Medicine Residency (1997) NY
  • Medical Education: Albany Medical College (1996) NY
  • MHS, Duke University School of Medicine, Health Science in Clinical Research (2016)
  • Fellowship, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London UK, Ocular Oncology (2005)
  • Fellowship, Duke University Eye Center, Vitreoretinal Surgery (2004)
  • Chief Resident, Duke University Eye Center, Ophthalmology (2002)
  • Residency, Duke University Eye Center, Ophthalmology (2000)
  • MD, Albany Medical College, Medicine (1996)
  • BS, Renselaer Polytechnic Institue, Bioloy (1994)

Honors & Awards
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2010)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, Albany Medical College (1996)
  • American Ophthalmologic Society (AOS)- Knapp Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (2003)
  • Edward K. Isbey, Jr. Resident Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, Ethics and Research, Duke University Eye Center (2000)
  • Golden Apple Award as best faculty teacher, Duke University Eye Center (2016)
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (2002)
  • Honor award, American Society of Retina Specialists (2014)
  • Honor Award, Association of Asian Indian Ophthalmologists (2014)
  • Hornaday Fellow as Best Outgoing Fellow, Duke University Eye Center (2003)
  • Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation award as best senior fellow in the country, Ronald G. Michels Foundation (2004)
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2019)
  • Senior Honor Award, American Society of Retinal Specialists (2016)
  • Summa Cum Laude, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1994)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director of Ocular Oncology, Byers Eye Institute (2016 - Present)
  • Director, Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship Program, Byers Eye Institute (2018 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Byers Eye Institute Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-6995

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Ocular and Orbital Oncology Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 498-6000

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Retinal and Macular Diseases Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court

Palo Alto , CA 94303

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I like these people a lot.
my support and follow up has been excellent.
Dr. M is a physician's physician. He is empathetic, knowledgeable, and humble. He knows what he knows, acknowledges what he doesn't, and provides a rational treatment plan when there isn't a straightforward answer. I value this last part immensely. When one runs out of standard treatment options, it helps to have someone talk to me about what the most important goals of care are to me. From there, we were able to decide on a plan. The medical students, residents, and fellows who get to witness this are seeing what the highest standard of being a physician is.
I am satisfied.
He is an excellent doctor, and also very kind and engaging. He made sure that I was at ease and well informed. He explained the images to me which I really appreciated.
Doctor M is the best.
very happy to pass along my visits there
Dr. Mruthyunjaya was very professional and kind. He was very informative and I appreciated how concerned and caring he was about my condition.
The actual doctor we saw at the end of the testing time was outstanding. Careful to describe the possibilities in his diagnosis, listened, used accessible vocabulary, and allayed fears. Great "bedside" manner.
Dr. M. is amazing he?s considerate, caring & listens to you very carefully.
I'm so thankful to be in Dr Mruthyunjaya's care.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is competent and caring!
I was well supported .
Excellent care from everyone!
would highly recomend
I have always been impressed with the amount of information Dr shares and the ease of understanding this information.
I guess I've come on a really busy day because of the delay, but aside from that, the care is still the same. They did not show any negative signs that they were already tired and exhausted. You got the best people there.
I have nothing but admiration for Dr. M!
I appreciate being able to receive this quality of health care !
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is a superlative physician, a caring human being, and an excellent communicator. I would give him an A++++++++++++
excellent doctor
I was treated with such kindness and caring. All my questions were answered. Dr. Murthyunjaya is amazing!
Dr. Mruthyanjaya has been a great doctor and care provider. SIMPLY THE BEST!
My doctor is fantastic. I would almost consider him a friend. He listens and spends as much time as needed to answer all of my questions. He is very encouraging and respects my decisions about my healthcare. I would/have recommended him to others.
Dr Mruthyunjaya was wonderful and knowledgeable and explained everything. his resident needs work on kindness.
Very good !
Dr. and all care providers are so kind and caring. Thank you!
Informative and professional.
World Class Care Provider
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is fabulous. He explains well and gives a good assessment of the situation. Plus he is delightful to see!
Dr. Murthyanjaya is a superb physician and exceptional communicator. One of my all time favorite MDs.
Dr Mruthyanjaya is tremendous! So calm, comforting, competent and clear. I'm thrilled that I switched my care to him.
All good
Dr M fully explained what he saw on my pictures and what he was watching for any changes in the future. Appreciated his willingness to see me again or discuss any concerns with future eye exams with my optometrist outside of Stanford.
I love Dr. M!!
Doctor's courtesy is good, but the wait time experience spoils everything.
all staff that I have seen have been very good.
Outstanding Dr. Mruthyunjaya is a great doctor. He reviewed the test results, showed angiography findings & provided explanation for planned management. I trust him.
Dr. Mruthyanjaya has been a God-sent. He has been extremely caring, excellent communicator and of course an excellent surgen/MD. Just awesome!
he was so kind, spoke clearly and explained clearly
He laid out the problem and choices clearly.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya continues to be adoctor's doctor. But Dr. M is also the doctor to whom a doctor would send their loved ones. That's probably better praise.
very smart dr. careful kind
Very caring
My mom has been under the care of Dr. Mruthyunjaya for over 3 years now. She not only trusts his care but also feels comfortable and satisfied after her visits. Dr. Mruthyunjaya has always been very kind to my mom and answers her questions in great detail. Thank you doc for taking care of my mom!
my doctor was excellent!
Always treated as a Queen and as if I am the only one that matters!
Dr. Mruthyunjaya was incredibly warm and attentive. He explained exactly what he was doing and helped me understand the issue with the vitreous in my eye. He was patient and clear in answering my questions. He is precisely the kind of doctor I want--very present, kind and caring.
You cannot do better than this - especially under pandemic procedures.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya continues to be a world-class physician. I'm so luck to have him as my provider.
Very good experience.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is an amazing, caring doctor. I am so blessed to have him caring for me.
Dr M is wonderful ! He never makes me feel rushed at my visits he is always very thorough I truly appreciate that he takes time to explain things and answer any questions or concerns that I have.
Dr. Prithvi was soft-spoken, thoughtful, very knowledgeable, and he allowed me time to ask questions. He was open-minded, kind and very caring, a patient listener, he had reviewed my records before this appointment, he reviewed the tests results done during this visit. I felt very reassured and we are grateful that Dr. Prithvi is my eye specialist. Thank you,
I can honestly say Dr. Mruthyunjaya was the best doctor that I have ever met. He explained everything in detail using language that was easily understood. I would highly recommend him to anyone that asked for my input. I want to personally THANK him again.
I really appreciated Dr M's concern for the unusual symptom I was having. He talked through his thoughts, next steps and what I should be aware of. His manner made clear that he was looking out for me, which I so much appreciate.
As patient I trusted their professionalism , Clinical expertise and compassion ( treated like family).
Was very pleased with the efficiency of this visit and was of course, pleased that this follow up visit revealed no worsening of my macular degeneration.
I have been a patient of Dr Mruthyunjaya for years. I had an Ozurdex injection in my eye. I felt no pain and had no irritation the following might. I really appreciated the attention to cleaning my eye in a way that did not create any irritation. Very good experience!
My care provider is absolutely the best. I would recommend him to anyone. He really listens to your questions and answers them well. I feel like he is a friend. I feel very fortunate to have him as a doctor.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is the best--very skilled but caring and compassionate.
Best treatment I have ever experienced.
The dr. is very professional and explain ever thing to you so you are comfortable with the visit.
Very good. Thank you!
Dr. M saw me in place of Dr. Moshfeghi due to a post surgery issue and he was so thorough and extremely polite and showed so much concern and made me feel very comfortable . resolved my issue and I felt very happy and my stress and worry totally disappeared .
Excellent dr.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is excellent!
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is the best. He is thoughtful and extremely detailed in his evaluation and treatment. I am lucky to be his patient.
my experience was the very best... I was able to clarify any questions.
Thank you!
My experience from the first visit on was provided by a genuine, caring staff, allowing time for questions and inviting any clarity. Outstanding.
Dr Mruthyanjaya was fantastic. The doctor that provided screening for him could have directed her conversation more towards me because my sister has very limited cognitive ability. I thought by now she would have picked up on that.
Wish I could give Dr. Mruthyunjaya a higher rating than very good.' He is excellent in all areas.
I am beyond grateful to have Dr. M. as my doctor. He is thoughtful, compassionate, thorough, and a consummate gentleman. He is the classic doctor's doctor.
very good
Was impressed by doctor's attention to my current condition which involved swelling of lower eyelid.
Dr M is amazing. Thoughful. Kind. Very thorough.
The doctor gave me several treatment options and clearly explained the pros and cons of each.
I feel very fortunate to have such a gifted and personable doctor!
The only problem is to get thru for speaking with the doctor or a note in my file to respond to questions I left with the front desk.
Kind, clear, took time to get to know me a little, very good at explaining situation and next steps, very responsive on email post my appt (via My Health). Very good bedside manner
Dr. Mrthuyunjaya has been very good at his first visit over a year ago and this one to make sure we understand what is going on with my husband's vision, any changes in eye therapy and an easy fix for on a laser procedure that will help with my husband's blurriness. Best of all no cancer in either eye.
Dr. M is the best. He is both competent and caring. I have the utmost faith in my care.
Love Dr. M!
such a pleasure to have Dr. Murythyunjya as my care provider! Excellent throughout the entire process
Excellent Doc! Dr M. is a great surgeon and has excellent bedside manner
Dr. Prithvi Murthyunjaya is an amazing physician.
Dr.M is so kind and explains everything very clearly. I have complete confidence in him.
Dr. M is a docotr's doctor. i would trust him with my family members. And, I of course, trust my vision to him. he is always kind, respectful, reasonable, and honest. He has a manner that engenders trust in a way that is crucial for one to develop a sense of "I'm going to be ok." I'm grateful he is my doctor.
Every one I I came in contact with throughout the various procedures were very personable as well as professional. All and all a very gratifying experience which went far to alleviate my concern about the fact I had a form of cancer in my eye.
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Mruthyunjaya. He is the ultimate doctor's doctor. I feel completely secure under his care. I would trust him with any family member. Most importantly, I am happy he is an example/model for Stanford's students and residents. Every doctor should be like him.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is wonderful. He has always answered our questions completely and spent the time with us that was needed.
Dr. M was kind, concerned and gave me confidence in my condition and next steps.
I love Dr. Neal and Dr. Karam! Having to be seen every three months having wonderful caring doctors eases my tension of waiting on knowing if my cancer is back.
Excellent care, compassion, professionalism.
Best. The Doctor gave me his time to listen to me and address all my questions and concerns. The very best
Love Dr. M!
all the doctors I've seen at Stanford have been very professional and very helpful
Dr. was extremely nice and left me with the feeling that I was entrusting my care to a top-notch expert.
Dr. M is wonderful. He is kind, gentle, and shows concern for my condition. He makes sure I understand everything and keeps me involved in making decisions about my treatment. I praise him highly to my friends.
Very pleased with my appointments.
There was insufficient effort to explain the different steps of the exam. Assistant who administered the ultrasound took what seemed like a dozen attempts to get a good image.
We were very impressed with the doctor and I sent him a message telling him that. it is so wonderful to have a caring and competent medical provider.
I felt Dr. Mruthyunjaya and the other physicians and assistants were very experienced, efficient, caring and professional.
Dr Mruthyunjaya very attentive and informative. great Dr.
I love Dr. M! He is so soft-spoken and let's me know that he really cares about my situation and how it can be resolved. I do speak highly of him and the entire Stanford staff here in Manteca and recommend getting treated there.
Nice professional manor friendly & personable.
very exceptional doctor
Dr. Mruthyunjaya and his team have provided extraordinariy care to me and to my family. i feel very lucky to have him looking after me
Experience was great!
excellent,caring has my trust and confidence
Love Dr. M!
Dr Mruthyunjaya is extremely humble professional and someone who wins your trust immediately. I could not have asked for a better surgeon to operate on my eye.
I love Dr. M!
Dr Mruthyunjaya is a fantastic doctor and individual. He explained everything to me and was very concerned about my health. He made me feel at ease and made sure that I had all my questions answered.
Very good experience with my doctor during my visit.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is a physician's physician. He is caring and direct. I'm very lucky to have been referred to him.
Excellent experience.
Excellent doctor!
I have already recommended my care providers at Stanford to several other people.
Doctor's bedside manner so to speak is excellent, shows concern and explains what I need to understand in detail.
Dr. M & Lena were very good explaining the treatment & all instructions of use - Sorry about waiting - I have PO.
Very thorough, professional, and congenial. Great experience!
I am referring to my appointment with Dr Mruthyunjaya. he is outstanding and well represents the level of care that I have come to expect at Stanford
I feel very privileged to have such a caring, skilled doctor.
Doctor called me on Saturday from out-of-state. Great dedication!!
Excellent in all respects to my procedure
Dr. Mruthyunjaya was fantastic. He was extremely personable and compassionate and clearly an expert in his field. It was totally worth the wait to see him.
I am now commenting on the doctor. He was very nice, and he gave me a quick overview of what I was experiencing and talked about some over the counter eye drops that might help. He also mentioned some vitamins that might help, and for what I don't know. He just mentioned that and that was it. Then I read in his report all these vitamins and I have no idea what they are for. I am not going to invest in this without knowing what they will really do for me. Also in his report, he repeatedly says to not smoke, he did not ask me if I smoke, which I did a long time ago, but don't do today. My eyes were really bothering me for two days after the stuff they put in my eye and we had have a fire in our fireplace for weeks and it dawned on me that could be "smokey" for my eyes, and my eyes are not currently a major concern for me. I resented reading a report that seems to go out to everyone and I have no control over what is written, whether it is correct or not.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya epitomizes the complete physician. He's wonderful.
The best.
this care provider is a Specialist whom I trust implicitly.
No mysteries from Dr. Mruthyunjaya. It addressed all my concerns.
One of the best doctors out there! Gave me his personal cell # in case of any emergency - Told me that he would follow up in 24 hours - Followed up in 18! Excellent care! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I am a MD & was aware of a problem with my macula. Dr. Mruthyunjaya's diagnosis & care was superb - I have a rare disease & his explanation & provision of an sciencetype article was extremely helpful. He was the epitome of the great clinician.
Very patient and informative.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is everything one would want from a physician. He is a true physician's physician. His kind manner, thoroughness, compassion, and dedication is indeed, truly special.
outstanding clinical skills
Unlike previous doctor this doctor spent a whole lot of time and explained in detail-in a language i could follow the problems and possible treatments.I would like to be seen by this doctor from now on please.
Excellent care
The Dr. made me feel very comfortable. I appreciated his manner.
Good - excellent - outstanding! Very appreciative and grateful for this doctor's consideration and time.
Dr. M.. the most amazing doctor I have ever met
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is absolutely fantastic. He is bright, easy to speak with, caring, and thoughtful. I am so happy that I was referred to him and would not hesitate to send any of my family or friends to him for care.
No bad experience.
Dr. Mruthyunjaya is quite simply one of the best... ophthalmologists anywhere. He is also a genuinely nice person. That's why I came all the way from... to see him. And I will continue to do so.
Outstanding service provided by the doctor and assistants.

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