Sonal Tuli, M.D., M.Ed.

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Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Tuli is fellowship trained in corneal and external ocular diseases.. She  has an interest in teaching and has won numerous awards for teaching residents and medical students, as well as for her educational courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been invited to speak at all the major ophthalmology conferences including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

(352) 265-7080



UF Health Eye Center – Medical Plaza

UF Health Eye Center – Hampton Oaks

Contact Information

Administrative Assistant: Karen Janicki (352) 273 8778

Clinical Roles and Interests

  • Corneal transplants
  • Cataract surgery
  • Corneal infections
  • Fuchs dystrophy
  • Ocular surface cancers
  • Autoimmune ocular surface diseases

Research Roles and Interests

  • Corneal herpes infections
  • Corneal scarring
  • Burnout and wellness in medicine
  • Graduate faculty status in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Clinical trials in zoster ophthalmicus, cornea ulcers, dry eye

Teaching Roles and Interests

  • Fellowship director for the cornea fellowship
  • Residency program director from 2007 to 2017
  • Taught courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting every year for 15 years
  • Masters in Education from the University of Florida
  • Vice-Chair, Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Committee
  • Previously Chair of the Online Education Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Invited to be Visiting professor at numerous universities including University of South Florida, University of Tennessee, Wills Eye Institute, All India Institute of Medicine

Awards and Recognitions

Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Alpha Omega Alpha
Society of Teaching Scholars
Exemplary Teacher Award for multiple years
Star recognition for 2 courses in top 10% of courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology for 5 consecutive years

Professional Society Affiliations

Board Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology
Question Writing Committee, American Board of Ophthalmology
Vice-Chair, Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Editorial Board, EyeNet
Editorial Board – specialist, Consultant for Pediatricians
Board of Directors, Florida Society of Ophthalmology

Languages Spoken


Medical Education

Grant Medical College


Indiana University, Indianapolis IN


Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami

Selected Publications

S. Tuli, M. Gray, A. Shah. Surgical management of herpetic keratitis. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2018 Jul;29(4):347-354.
Z.L. Watson, S.D. Washington, D.M. Phelan, A.S. Lewin, S.S. Tuli, G.S. Schultz, D.M. Neumann, D.C. Bloom. In Vivo Knockdown of the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Latency-Associated Transcript Reduces Reactivation from Latency. J Virol. 2018 Jul 31;92(16).
S.S. Tuli, M. Gray. Surgical management of corneal infections. Current opinion in ophthalmology. 2016; 27(4):340-7.
S.S. Tuli. Topical Corticosteroids in the Management of Bacterial Keratitis. Curr Ophthalmol Rep. 2013 Dec;1(4).
D.J. Gibson, S.S. Tuli, G.S. Schultz. The Progression of Haze Formation in Rabbit Corneas Following Phototherapeutic Keratectomy. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. Jul 16;54(7):4776-81.
C.W. Hwang Jr, W.A. Steigleman, E. Saucedo-Sanchez, S.S. Tuli. Reactivation of Herpes Zoster Keratitis in an Adult After Varicella Zoster Vaccination. Cornea. 2013 Apr;32(4):508-9.
S.S. Tuli. Fungal keratitis. Clin Ophthalmol. 2011;5:275-9
S.S. Tuli, L.A. Cooper, S.Y. Tuli. Ophthalmology Resident Learning Styles and Temperaments and their Relationship to Standardized Testing Scores. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, 2011; 4(1):20-27
S.S.Tuli, S.A.Iyer, W.T.Driebe, Jr. Fungal Keratitis and Contact Lenses: An Old Enemy Unrecognized or New Nemesis on the Block? Eye and Contact Lens. 2007 Nov;33(6 Pt 2):415-7
S.S. Tuli, G.S. Schultz, D. Downer. Science and strategy for preventing and managing corneal ulceration. The Ocular Surface 2007 Jan;5(1):23-39

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