“Dr Monisha Vora is a board-certified cataract and glaucoma surgeon. Every week, Dr. Vora performs vision salvaging and saving surgery on many members of the greater Philadelphia community. She is highly regarded by her peers as an expert authority on (some even call her the queen of) minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. Dr. Vora’s unique ability to combine surgical talent, intellect, and human compassion make her an exceptional physician and human being. Dr. Vora is also a mother to two children and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been selected as a top doctor by Main Line Today annually since 2018, as voted by her peers. Dr. Vora routinely gives back to her community with lectures, volunteer work with the training of young physicians, and mentorship programs for medical students. She recently has also authored numerous articles on her passion for better work/life balance for physicians, including pushing for a four day work week. Just Google her and you will see all of her accomplishments, and why she deserves to be a Woman of Influence.”
Monisha was raised by parents who were both physicians, and knew early on that medicine would ultimately be her calling. She calls ophthalmology her destiny. “My work involves treating some of the most complex eye conditions and performing vision saving surgery. I am motivated more as I see the results of my work benefit my patients’ lives. It is an amazing and most joyous feeling to be able to save someone from the brink of blindness.”
For many doctors the experiences of giving back isn’t only in reference to their patients, it’s in how they can help create a better environment for others practicing medicine. Monisha is an advocate for physician wellness, often advising colleagues on how to avoid burnout. “Medicine isn’t traditionally a field that allows for flexibility, especially for women,” Monisha tells us. She has recently published articles pushing for a four-day work week to help turn the tides of many physicians leaving the field due to the long hours and extreme stress.
Points of Pride
Monisha is proud of the role she has taken with medical students and budding ophthalmologists through various platforms. She often has students on rotation with her, writes letters of recommendation for their applications, and shadowing her during surgery. She participates at Wills Eye Hospital in their Give Kids Sight Day, a free eye clinic for exams and glasses for children. She also lectures locally to help educate colleagues about certain eye conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma.