Sonal S Tuli

Sonal S Tuli, MD

Professor And Chair


About Sonal S Tuli

Sonal S. Tuli, MD, MEd, completed her residency in ophthalmology at Indiana University in 2000. She completed her fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, and joined the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology in 2001. She also completed a master’s degree in education in 2012 at UF. Dr. Tuli was appointed interim chair of the department in October 2013 and named chair in April 2015. Dr. Tuli is board-certified in ophthalmology. Her interests include cataracts, corneal transplants, ocular surface cancers, dry eye disease and infectious eye diseases. She provides adult and family-based ophthalmic care. Dr. Tuli was appointed director of the division of cornea and external diseases in 2003 and has also directed its fellowship program since 2003. She served as the director of the ophthalmology residency program from 2007 to 2017. She was senator in the UF Senate for three years and was on the Faculty Council for six years. She is Vice-Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee and is on the Board of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tuli has taught courses at international, national, regional and local conferences as well as at UF. She has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is actively involved in clinical as well as laboratory research as a principal investigator or co-investigator. She is on the editorial board of peer-reviewed publications and a reviewer for several scholarly journals. At the national level, Dr. Tuli is Vice-chair of the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Committee and just completed a term as the Chair of the Online Education Committee and the AAO educational representative to the Continuing Medical Education Task Force. She was invited and has served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology since 2006.

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


Senior Achievement Award
2018 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Secretariat Award
2013 · American Academic of Ophthalmology
Recognition for the top instruction courses
2011-2013 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Secretariat Award
2010 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award
2010 · Unknown
Achievement Award
2010 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Top 10% of Instruction courses
2008-2018 · American Academy of Ophthalmology
Board Examiner
2007-current · Ophthalmology Certification Examination
Exemplary Teacher Award
2006-2013 · College of Medicine, University of Florida

Clinical Profile

  • Ophthalmology
Areas of Interest
  • Adult cataract
  • Cataract removal
  • Corneal transplant
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Fuchs dystrophy
  • Keratoconus

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Corneal scarring modulation
  • Herpetic eye diseases
  • Infectious corneal diseases


2018 Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
2015 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
2014 Case reports in ophthalmological medicine.
2013 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
2013 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
2012 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
2012 Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
2012 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
2011 Clinical Pediatrics
2011 Eye and Contact Lens Science and Clinical Practice
2010 Journal of Pediatric Health Care
2006 Eye and Contact Lens Science and Clinical Practice


Aug 2017 ACTIVE
Long-term Suppressive Valacyclovir Treatment for Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
Dec 2014 – Dec 2017
Clinical Evaluation of the RPS-OH to detect Herpes Simpl
RAPID PATHOGEN SCREENING · Principal Investigator
Sep 2014 – Aug 2016
Regulation of Stromal Wound Healing by Growth Factors
NATL INST OF HLTH NEI · Project Manager
Feb 2011 – Feb 2020
Stanley Glaucoma Fund
UF FOU · Project Manager
Aug 2007 ACTIVE
Lion's Eye Foundation Award
NORTH FL LIONS EYE FOU · Principal Investigator
Jul 2007 ACTIVE
Unrestricted Research Grant
Jul 2007 – Jun 2020
Retina Disease Research & Education- Equipment Purchases
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
May 2007 ACTIVE
Overstreet Retinal Eye Disease Research
UF FOU · Principal Investigator


Issued February 2008
Herpesvirus Ribozymes and Vectors
Published April 2008
Surgical Device for Folding Objects and Methods
#US 2009-0030424 A1
Issued November 2010
Herpesvirus Ribozymes and Vectors (CIP)
Issued September 2014
Novel Device for the Electromotive Delivery of Macromolecules into Intact Tissue


Master of Education (M.Ed.)
2014 · University of Florida
Fellowship – Ophthalmology
2001 · Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Residency – Ophthalmology
2000 · Indiana University
Internship – Internal Medicine
1997 · William Beaumont Hospital