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Varshini Varadaraj, MD, MPH, MS

Research Associate
Varshini Varadaraj
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Aging
  • Big Data
  • Disabilities
  • Social Determinants of Health


Varshini Varadaraj is a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Center. She completed her medical and ophthalmology residency training at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India, and received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with concentrations in epidemiology and biostatistics. She completed her postdoctoral research training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Varadaraj’s research goals aim to improve the health of older adults with disabilities, with a focus on vision loss, using a data-driven approach. Her research focuses on examining disparities in health and health care access for people with disabilities, and her prior work has broadly concentrated on two interrelated areas: aging with vision loss and access to care.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Jessica Campanile J. Cerilli C, Varadaraj V, Sweeney F, Smith J, Zhu J, Yenokyan G Swenor BK (2022). Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Among Top-Funded U.S. Undergraduate Institutions. Plos One.

    Kumar P, Campanile J, Swenor BK, Varadaraj V (2022). Stigma among older adults with age-related vision impairment. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.

    Varadaraj V, Wahl M, Gajwani P, David, Dutson M, Zhao D, Guallar E, Swenor BK, Johnson TV, Friedman DS (2022). Outcomes and Revenue Generation of a Community-Based Screening at a Center in the United States: The SToP Glaucoma Program. Journal of Glaucoma.

    Mgboji GE, Varadaraj V, Thanitcul C, Canner JK, Woreta FA, Soiberman US, Srikumaran (2022). Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty and Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus: A claims-based analysis. Cornea.

    Varadaraj V, Guo X, Reed NS, Smith K, Boland MV, Nanayakkara AJ, Swenor BK (2022). Identifying Accessibility Requests for Patients with Disabilities Through an Electronic Health Record-Based Questionnaire. JAMA Network Open.

    Varadaraj V, Deal JA, Campanile J, Reed NS, Swenor BK (2021). National Prevalence of Disability and Disability Types Among Adults in the United States, 2019. JAMA Network Open.

  • Awards/Honors

    2021   Career Impact Award, Horizons by Hopkins, Johns Hopkins University

    2021   First place at poster competition, Research on Aging Showcase, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    2019   Outstanding podium presentation, Wilmer Research Meeting

    2019   Winner of the MIT Poster Award Competition in Clinical Epidemiology, ARVO

    2019   Third place at poster competition, Research on Aging Showcase, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    2018   Winner of the Excellence in Diversity Poster Symposium, Johns Hopkins

    2018   Outstanding poster award, Wilmer Research Meeting

    2015   Elected Director of Education, Diaspora Health Network

    2014   Elected Master of Public Health Class Centennial Representative

    2013   Top ranked graduating resident in ophthalmology for clinical and academic performance, Sri Ramachandra University