- Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
Shree K Kurup MD, FACP, joined the University Hospitals Eye Institute in 2018 and serves as the director of the Division of Vitreoretinal Diseases, Surgery and Ocular Immunology and Uveitis. He is a vitreoretinal surgeon, uveitis specialist, and is a trained immunologist.
Dr. Kurup was born in Calicut, India, and lived in the midwestern Chicago suburbs in his 20s. After graduating with distinction in his high school, he entered the combined residency program in Medicine and Ophthalmology at the New York Medical College and the prestigious New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (now part of the Mount Sinai University system). Dr. Kurup completed his ophthalmology residency at New York Eye & Ear program, where he also served as chief resident. He was chosen to be a fellow both at Johns Hopkins and the National Eye Institute at National Institutes of Health (NIH). He completed his retina fellowship at NIH as well as a laboratory of immunology fellowship at the National Eye Institute. He has served as chief of vitreoretinal surgery, fellowship director for vitreoretinal surgery, as well as director of research. Dr. Kurup was an attending physician and associate and full professor for years prior to coming to the UH Eye Institute.
Dr. Kurup cares for both adult and childhood vitreoretinal diseases and ocular inflammation. He has an interest in complex and high-risk macular surgery cases, as well uveitis syndromes. Some of Dr. Kurup's clinical research interests detail new techniques for common retinal surgical disorders. Utilizing his background in medicine and surgery, his research, and personal experience with these procedures, Dr. Kurup will tailor therapeutic options for complex uveitis and retinal diseases based on the patient and the condition.
Dr Kurup was honored by the American Medical Association (AMA), The American Society of Retinal Surgeons, European Vitreoretinal Surgeons, and American Academy of Ophthalmology for his achievements. He was named physician of the year in 2001 by the AMA. He is not only one of its Best Doctors from 2008 to 2016, but is also a consultant for Best Doctors.
Dr. Kurup has contributed to our understanding of therapeutic options to regrown blood vessels, and is the holder of three patents directly related to the field of ophthalmology. He is currently holding a new patent for drug testing in sharks as well as periocular and skin disease.
At the UH Eye Institute, Dr. Kurup has received regional, national and international consultations. Dr. Kurup sees patients at UH Eye Institute's main facility as well as our Landerbrook, Westlake and Hudson satellites.
Other Notable Achievements
Dr. Kurup has a stellar record of academic and public service. Dr. Kurup is a one of the leading educators of ophthalmologists on a national and international level. He serves on various scientific or curriculum committees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Institutes of Health. He has served on advisory committees to the FDA and NIH patent offices and is an editor of numerous journals. Two of note are the PLOS One and Graefe's Journal of Ophthalmology, the flagship of the German Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Kurup is an accomplished writer, having articles in more than 50 peers reviewed high quality journals. He has taught over 25 residents and fellows and introduced them to the world of complex retinal and uveitic disorders and diseases.
Dr. Kurup is married to his spouse, a designer, with whom he has one child. He has been well supported by his wife and enjoys all that the Midwest has to offer.
Dr Kurup has served as vice chair for the state of New York for the AMA and worked as advisor to the Governor for both Republican and Democratic parties. He has been awarded and recognized for contributions made in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.
UH Landerbrook Health Center
5850 Landerbrook Dr
Mayfield Heights OH, 44124
Patient Satisfaction Reviews
4.5 out of 5
Patient Comments (31)
Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Excellent care. very good listener.
Reviewed On 3/22/2020
Dr Kurup always greets you with a smile and discusses your concerns.
Reviewed On 2/29/2020
Good and very Attentive experience with staff and provider.
Reviewed On 2/26/2020
They made me feel like family and I just love them all and my family and friends were also impressed with the kindness and warmth and bed side manner thanks for true love and respect. [...]
Reviewed On 2/18/2020
Reviewed On 2/9/2020
Excellent care. Excellent information.
Reviewed On 2/2/2020
[...] Dr. Kurup and his nurse, [...], have been so kind and compassionate. Dr. Kurup makes every effort to treat my mother's condition so that she can keep her vision. He has a very busy schedule and we have seen Dr. Kurup in Westlake and in Hudson. He is very thorough and takes time to review the diagnostic results with my mother and I. He is very clear in describing the status of her condition and shows a genuine concern for my mother. We thank him for everything he has done to stabilize her vision.
Reviewed On 1/25/2020
Regarding wait time. I did not wait at all in the first waiting room. The wait time was between two different eye tests and then seeing Dr Kurup. It was worth the wait, Dr Kurup is always pleasant, explains things to me and is always willing to answer my questions. His resident was helpful too.
Reviewed On 1/3/2020
Very happy with Dr. Kurup. He is the kind of doctor our modern medicine needs. His concern for his patients is evident. He listens to your concerns, follows up on ordered tests and answers your questions. Having a physician in the family, I am critical about the treatment I receive. Dr. Kurup is an asset to UH.
Reviewed On 1/2/2020
Dr. Kurup is great [...]
Reviewed On 1/1/2020
Excellent care provider. Dr. Kurup was the first retina specialist that I have seen who explained everything to me in an way that was easy to understand. He was very thorough and I am very grateful for the type of care that he provided.
Reviewed On 12/16/2019
dr kurup and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Aside from wait time, the only concern I have is the cost of injections. I don't see how we can possibly afford them in the future
Reviewed On 12/9/2019
I have an ongoing condition that requires treatment on a regular basis. I am completely satisfied with the care I am receiving.
Reviewed On 12/7/2019
The doctor explained everything clearly and was interested in what I had to say.
Reviewed On 11/25/2019
Reviewed On 10/31/2019
my only complaint is that this was the second time I came to get my eye lasered and the doctor could not do it. I now have to go downtown for a third visit and hope to get it done . I love my doctor but I do need to use vacation to see him.
Reviewed On 10/29/2019
Dr Kurup is excellent considering the treatment that I have to have from him. Keep up the excellent work Dr. Kurup...your knowledge is appreciated with the treatment that i'm receiving from you.
Reviewed On 10/26/2019
This was the first time I saw this doctor who is a retina specialist for [...]. He was experienced and very knowledgeable and made me feel confident about my care.
Reviewed On 10/20/2019
[...] I think he is an excellent eye doctor. I was very impressed with him.
Reviewed On 10/16/2019
My father's visits have been exceptional as well as entire staff at the [...].
Reviewed On 10/14/2019
This wqas a post operation visit and Dr. Kurup treated the eye, tested its vision and pressure and informed me of what I could expect in improvement between then and the next appointment. I was pleased with the surgery and ther results.
Reviewed On 10/1/2019
excellent professional engaging
Reviewed On 9/28/2019
I got an Eyelea injection. This is the 6th one I have had. [...] This injection was so incredibly different. It was totally painless, [...] Dr. Kurup advised me to discuss some information he uncovered with my current liver specialist. It was so nice to see the "team" aspect [...] I am thrilled to be under the care of Dr. Kurup!
Reviewed On 9/22/2019
very knowledgeable and professional
Reviewed On 9/17/2019
Reviewed On 9/4/2019
Provider was very knowledgeable in his diagnosis, and was able to effectively communicate his findings to me in a manner that I could understand. I do however wish he would have discussed treatment plans; or further options if they are needed.
Reviewed On 8/29/2019
He is excellent in his field I would recommend him to anyone needing his services
Reviewed On 8/25/2019
I visited an ophthalmologist and his assistant gave me a number of eye tests. She was very good but she forgot to introduce herself when she greeted me so I was a bit confused as to who she was. She then remembered to introduce herself.
Reviewed On 8/21/2019
Dr. Kurup replaced Dr. [...] after his departure. Dr. Kurup always seems rushed and abrupt. I had questions that went unanswered due to his need to rush to the next patient. I also need surgery scheduled but left me with few details on how to do so. I am considering going to another practice outside of UH Hospitals.
Reviewed On 8/17/2019
Dr. Kurup is great and so is his assistant [...] She is absolutely WONDERFUL! Very kind and empathetic, just a sweetheart.
- Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology
Fellowship | Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease
Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease - Vitreoretinal Foundation Pllc (2006 - 2007)
Fellowship | Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease
Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Disease - University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center Upmc (2005 - 2005)
Fellowship | Ocular Immunology and Uveitis
Ocular Immunology and Uveitis - National Eye Institute (2003 - 2005)
Fellowship | Medical Retina
Medical Retina - National Eye Institute (2003 - 2005)
Residency | Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology - Our Lady Of Mercy Medical Center (2000 - 2003)
Residency | Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - Our Lady Of Mercy Medical Center (1997 - 2000)
Calicut Medical College (1993)
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As of December 31, 2016, Shree Kurup did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.