About Me

Aloha!  My name is Rupa and I’m an ophthalmologist in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and went to undergrad at Duke.  I fell in love with New York City when visiting my college roommate and was lucky enough to attend Cornell Medical College (thankfully the med school is located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, not in Ithaca!!).  I stayed in New York to complete my residency in Ophthalmology at New York University – Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, serving as Chief Resident in my final year.  During residency, I met my husband (yes, I was his Chief Resident, it was very Grey’s Anatomy of us).  I moved to Boston to complete my fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus at Boston Children’s Hospital. My chairman was so kind to offer me a position to stay on as a faculty while my husband finished his fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery at Tufts.  Then, we made a 6,000 mile move to Hawaii, where my husband is originally from.

We searched for months for salaried positions at bigger hospitals and managed care centers, but no one was hiring.  So, we took the plunge and opened up a practice together.  We now have 3 kids – 8,6, and 4 years old and live on the South Shore of Oahu.

I’d love to share the tips and tricks of how I got through each phase of my education, being a working mom and female entrepreneur (I’m the managing partner for our practice).  There’s a lot regarding the business side of medicine that does not get taught in medical school or residency.  I wished there had been blogs about it when I was starting out 10 years ago and I hope that I can share a little of what I have learned through trial and error.  How do you apply for a business loan to start a practice?  How do you reconcile bank accounts in Quickbooks?  What do you look for when hiring staff? How do you juggle parenthood with work?  Let me know your questions and I will be happy to answer them.

In my spare time, I serve on the Board of Directors for Project Vision Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii. I am truly passionate about helping children, whether through identifying early vision problems early or by providing one to one mentorship to at risk kids.

Now that you’ve gotten to know me a little, please explore whatever interests you on my page and mahalo for dropping by.