Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

190 Patient Ratings
110 Patient Comments

Balamurali K. Ambati, M.D., Ph.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

190 Patient Ratings
110 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2352 John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Dr. Bala Ambati has joined the Moran faculty as a researcher and physician. We are honored to have Dr. Ambati, who has the distinction of being the world's youngest person to graduate from medical school at 17. Dr. Ambati is experienced in cornea transplants, cataract extraction, keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea), LASIK, and other complex procedures of the cornea and anterior segment of the eye. He plans on building a practice welcoming patients in these areas as well as general ophthalmic issues. He has been an invited speaker at the World Ophthalmology Congress, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, International Congress of Eye Research, and other national and international conferences. He donates his time overseas on missions with ORBIS, a nonprofit organization with a Flying Eye Hospital, on which Dr. Ambati has operated and trained local surgeons in Ghana and Malaysia. With respect to clinical research, Dr. Ambati is committed to constant analysis of results of cornea transplants, LASIK, cataract extraction, and other anterior segment procedures with a view towards optimization of patient outcomes.

He also maintains a dynamic research laboratory, exploring and advancing new treatments for abnormal blood vessel formation (involved in corneal injury, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer) as well as development of novel surgical technology and devices. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications and two books. And Dr. Ambati is now the official Utah Utes Team Ophthalmologist. For more information visit

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Associate Professor

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 21, 2015

Dr Ambati is fantastic! Thank you so much!

January 11, 2015


January 10, 2015

Dr. Ambati is not only extremely knowledgable and highly skilled, he is also incredibly compassionate and kind.

December 22, 2014

Very confident doctors.

December 22, 2014

Dr. Ambati is an amazing surgeon and medical provider. I always feel like his only patient and he is never in a hurry to move on. he explains everything he is doing and what all of his measurements and observations means and talks directly to me not just to his medical students. I really like watching him teach students because he is passionate about sharing his expertise and he is always very kind and informative with students, ensuring they always have the opportunity to see what it is he is seeing.

December 11, 2014

Doctor was excellent, friendly and informative. I appreciate him and his staff very much. Thank you

November 17, 2014

Dr. Balamurali Ambati immediately put me at ease with his astute and calm demeanor. I found him highly professional and compassionate.

November 11, 2014

Dr. Ambati is great. He takes the time to explain what he is doing and why. My questions are answered completely.

November 03, 2014

Dr. Ambati is polite, understanding, takes a real interest in making sure you understand his plan, he speaks in terms a normal non medical person is able to follow in understanding terms, plan and instructions.

October 25, 2014

No practitioner can hold a candle to Dr Ambati for communication, concern, follow up care, instructions, etc. Awesome

October 06, 2014

I would recommend Dr. Ambati to anyone and everyone! he is so patient and kind and always spends time listening to concerns, answering questions, and explaining procedures, recovery...

October 06, 2014

I did recommend my brother to see the dr. dr.Ambati was professional,caring,knowledgeable and made me feel at ease,he explain to me his finding and treatment options to me very well.

September 20, 2014

Having had some significant pain during my scleral depression and laser treatment, despite numbing drops, I anticipated the same, when Dr. Ambati had to numb my eye to remove a stitch (with what looked like a sharp X-acto knife! eek!). Instead, he removed it not only with no pain, but also without my even being aware that he was doing it.

September 19, 2014

Key thing: I feel so comforted that Dr. Ambati is my eye care professional.

September 15, 2014

Always treated well.We are always explained to in terms we can understand.

August 26, 2014

Both my husband and I commented how surprised we were to have Dr. Ambati meet us before Lasik as the drops had just been put in. He explained everything that was going to happen to me and asked if I had questions. Then he did the same to the next patient when we were done. To you it may not seem like a big deal, but to me I have never experienced that level of care from a doctor. I usually get that from the nurse with my kids doctors or my doctors. Even when my little boy got plugs in his ears, I never met with the doctor the day of the surgery- just after to be told how it went. It is nice to feel cared about and not just a number. Thanks

August 25, 2014

I felt like I was brought to his level rather then being talked down to. with a Harvard education Dr. Amboty's credentials are impressive, yet he made me feel my intellect was equal to his. in addition he gives the sense that he is well educated and extremely competent.

August 24, 2014

I enjoyed his calm demeanor and his assurance he had to try to find out the basis of my condition. He had everyone participating in getting things done in a timely manner while having a polite and friendly attitude towards everyone there.

August 22, 2014

great experience with excellent staff!

August 18, 2014

The infection I have been getting was not visible when I was in the office. it would have been visible if I had not had to wait 6 weeks for an appt,

August 11, 2014

With all the people I saw I am not sure who this question applies to. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

August 11, 2014

Dr. Ambati and the entire staff were incredible! Such a great experience with everyone.

August 09, 2014

The wait time was long, so my time with the doctor was limited because I had to get back to work myself. I had planned on a 30 minute visit, 60 minutes away from work, but my time away was longer. I was expecting to have a refractive test as part of my annual exam, but there was not time for this. I will have to go to a local vision store for this now.

August 06, 2014

Always good

July 27, 2014

Dr Ambati was outstanding. Only gap was followup care--what I should expect on vision, any pain, any weaning on drops. However, he was otherwise perfect and offered his contact info and e-mail. My minor issue was my traveling back to Idaho, so probably should have had a better concept on vision and pain for the day. He still gets a super high score, and am merely offering constructive critique.

July 26, 2014

Time waiting for the Dr. was uncalled for. Next time PLEASE call me! If your schedule is so over booked it would be nice to have an option for another appointment time!!

June 02, 2014

The drive from the Sun Valley, ID area was worth it for the services received.

June 02, 2014

From the time we arrived in the exam room (and then put into the back waiting area) and the time the doctor and assistants came in was way over an hour this time. As we come into the doctor from a three hour drive one way, it was a little annoying. But, I also know that emergencies come up, and things happen, nut we were never told anything about any delays.

June 01, 2014

OUtstanding doctor, have complete confidence in his abilities. Combines the best in knowledge and medical practice. Very professional

May 11, 2014

I am very impressed with Dr Ambati and all who work with him. I already have recommended several individuals to him.

May 07, 2014

I just wish I could see, it feels like there is always something new to try, some new procedure. That gets old too when you just want to see...I don't want to feel like a science project...I just want results.:)

May 06, 2014

I trust Dr Ambati's handling of my iritis condition implicitly.

April 26, 2014

Everything moved along smoothly and I felt well cared for.

April 12, 2014

Dr. Balamurali Ambati has always presented himself, as what I would consider, the perfect example of what a physician should be. He is extremely respectful, pleasant, and has explained things to me in ways that are extremely easy to understand, and yet not talking down to me. He has helped me through this disease with understanding, and even when I am my worst enemy during the course of treatment, he was not condescending, but in a very caring way corrected the situation. Yes, I regularly suggest to others to go to the Moran Eye Center, have suggested Dr. Ambati to many.

April 08, 2014

When he was treating my eye that had difficulty getting the vacuum to attach again. He mentioned doing PRK on my left eye. I had not received any instruction on the risks or care of a PRK treatment.

April 05, 2014

Dr. Ambati is very caring, diligent and knowledgable. I trust him with my eye care.

March 26, 2014


March 24, 2014

the care providers were great! so knowledgeable I felt very at ease and trusted their opinions and findings. answered all of my questions and gave great explanations. corresponded by email after appointment and got back to me right away

March 23, 2014

The instructions Bala provided for after treatment care conflicted with the paper the nurse provided 15 minutes prior. He prescribed different medications requiring different intervals of treatment then what was on the paper. I was not given a valium before surgery even though it was requested. I was only able to have one eye done.

March 21, 2014

So very fortunate to access to the BEST care. what more can be said?

March 02, 2014

Doctors are always very well informed and professional and seem to care about me.

March 01, 2014

Dr. Ambati and his staff of "helpers" were excellent.

February 13, 2014

Dr. Ambati is always great at making the patient feel good - you feel important the entire time Dr. Ambati is with you. It's immediately apparent that he is an extremely competent doctor. Kudos also go out to his resident, Dr. Dan Bettis. Dr. Bettis will be an asset to any clinic/hospital he ends up at following his residency.

February 10, 2014

I loved how Dr. Ambati took his time to answer all my questions and made sure I understood them. He is very knowledgeable and has made me feel very comfortable in asking questions. I feel like he has my best interest in mind and is giving me the best care possible.

January 21, 2014

Dr Ambati beats by a big margin and on all above aspects any other providers I have experienced i many years regardless of specialty. Absolutely outstanding caring attitude, involvement of the patient and making sure I understand the problem and options for solutions.

January 08, 2014

I have told all of my associates that they should be at the Moran.

January 06, 2014

We were Ambati's first appointment for the day (new years eve) as soon as he walked in he greeted us and took us to the examining room. He is always very friendly but mosting informative. He takes the time to explain what is expected and also gave very clear instructions to medications. I would definitely recommend Dr Ambati and his staff to everyone I know.

December 30, 2013

Dr Ambati is fantastic. His care for me as a patient and competency as a physician are unequaled. I have already highly recommended him to friends and family.

December 12, 2013

He is the BEST!!!!!

November 26, 2013

Dr. Ambati and his staff are excellent at answering questions and Dr. Ambati is very gracious in addressing any concerns or questions you have later via email. Very glad to have that as a resource.

November 15, 2013

Excellent experience

November 06, 2013

Dr. Ambatti is a great doctor incredibly personal, helpful, concerned and informative. He was able to get his students some experience with me as the patient without it seeming like the student was performing the medicine. I felt like Dr Ambatti was in control at all times

October 28, 2013

I have already recommended Moran to several people.

October 27, 2013

We drove 500 miles due to the reputation of Dr. Amboti and clinic and were delighted

October 16, 2013

We are pleased with all of the staff and Doctors at the Moran. Then have assisted our family with many difficult challenges. Dr. Ambati is always kind and considerate. We could ask for a better Doctor.

October 12, 2013

My follow-up appointment with Dr, Ambati the morning after my surgery was really exciting for me because after the cataract surgery my vision had gone from 20:400 to 20:30, I was stunned and as I am filling this out I'm not wearing any glasses. Yea! He carefully explained the importance of using the eye drops and following the instructions on the aftercare sheet.

October 11, 2013

I would recommend Dr. Ambatti with high remarks. He is an excellent doctor. He has the best bed side manners. He explains things very well. Always shows great concern for his patients and their needs.

October 07, 2013

Dr. Ambati is outstanding and made me feel like I was successful in following his treatment plan. I have every confidence in him.

August 28, 2013

mr. Ambati made my first visit with him very pleasant. he was thorough and engaging with my eye condition. I did not mind when he invited other doctors to look at my eye. they were gentle and helpful of my understanding of iritis.

August 20, 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Ambati to friends and will continue to do so.

August 09, 2013

Dr. Ambati was extremely professional, competent and personable.

August 06, 2013

Dr. Ambati is very personable and knowledgable.

July 22, 2013


July 19, 2013

I have worked in the medical field for well over 30 years, and there have been very few physicians that I have known that are as personable and generally concerned about my well being as I have found with Dr. Ambati. Besides his excellent professional manner, he always asks about what I have been doing, and my family. Many times I feel that I am going to a best friend who happens to be a physician, not just a physician. On occasion, I have been seen in the Triage Clinic where I have had the privilege of being seen by Dr. Tabin. Again, I felt very confident that I was receiving the very best care. Again, it is my opinion that she also is a shining example of what a good physician should be. Thank You.

July 15, 2013

Incomplete instructions on medication such as amount of vitamin C to take and name of drug that was prescribed.

July 09, 2013


July 05, 2013

All was exvellent

July 02, 2013

Doctor Ambati was very helpful and explained everything in such a way that my fears were calmed. He was very kind and helpful. I am very grateful for his concern and gentleness. Thank you very much, Doctor Ambati

June 28, 2013

Dr. Ambati is great. I have been to a couple Dr's prior about my challenging condition and I feel like Dr. Ambati is helping move things in the right direction.

June 27, 2013

What an excellent Dr. B. Ambati is, his beside manner is impeccable, his disposition to help is very real, he is a great listener and a very bright and humble man! I had a great experience!

June 23, 2013

I can only be elated with the Moran and staff.

June 23, 2013

Much more caring and concern than expected

June 20, 2013

I have complete confidence and would recommend Dr. Ambati for any health issue if he would take patience. Joking aside he instills confidence and professionalism which given the nature of my visits, (iritis) goes a long way to make me feel my eyes are in good hands. Particularlyin in that I don't think I could get better care elsewhere.

June 14, 2013

Keep up the good job, by providing the qualitative deliver of your service

June 13, 2013

After my visit with the doctor was concluded I thought of a concern I had. Even though the doctor had left the clinic he returned and spent 15 minutes addressing my concern!

June 06, 2013

As described earlier, I couldn't have felt more at ease and confident with my doctor that he had all the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure that the procedure went as planned and that my recovery would reflect his impeccable performance.

May 31, 2013

Overall excellent..impressed with efficiency and friendliness

May 31, 2013

He's very kind, soft spoken, and considerate. He takes his time with you, makes sure you understand your treatment and follow up plan, and you never feel like he's rushing out to see the next patient. These are not qualities you can always find in physicians these days given the demands placed on their already very busy schedules.

May 21, 2013

I have already highly recommended Dr Ambati to my friends and family.

May 20, 2013

I was very pleased again, with the professionalism of Moran Eye Center & Dr Amboti and his group.

May 14, 2013

Dr Ambati is the best.

May 03, 2013

Dr. Ambati is really nice, very caring.

April 24, 2013

Dr Ambatti has always given me excellent care every time I see him.

April 15, 2013

my overall experience at the south jordan eye hospital was very good. my experience at the reception at the moran eye hospital, trying to find the right person to make an appointment with dr. ambati, was not a very pleasent experience.

April 08, 2013

Dr. Ambatti is wonderful and gave me information I can use to to keep my eyes healthy.

April 02, 2013

Dr. Ambati himself came to the hallway and invited me in. He proceeded to seat me, greet me and treat me. There were no assistants; like, they took the day off. How kind of Dr. Ambati to let them do that! He is the best! I was in and out in 15 minutes. Perhaps the assistants delay the exams in some way?

March 11, 2013

I am quite happy that Dr. Ambati is an excellent eye doctor. But, as important, he is a remarkable human being. His video lecture in India was superb, and what I have experienced of him here equals this. I find myself spreading the good word about Moran, including Dr. Ambati and others, and their work here and outside the US. Most aspects of the appointment, I did not really notice, so I am not very reliable as a 'witness'.

March 11, 2013

Dr. Ambati is the best. He is brilliant, skilled, thoughtful, caring, and generous.

February 09, 2013

Very satisfied. Providers went beyond the call of duty, giving extra assistance, when asked, re: related situation.

January 23, 2013

Dr. Ambati is an excellent doctor, but perhaps also the best man I have ever met.

January 07, 2013

this Dr. is one of a kind

December 31, 2012

Very enjoyable visit and the doctor and PA both spent time with me explaining anything I needed to know. Very personable and approachable.

December 30, 2012

Dr. Ambati has been very good during my care at Moran. He sent me to Germany for a special lens that could not be done in the US and did a great job on the cataract surgery in the other eye. I would highly recommend him.

December 25, 2012

Dr. Ambati was excellent. He showed genuine concern for me when the surgery did not go as planned and made sure I had the best care possible to "fix" the problem

December 18, 2012

I recommend Dr. Ambati and the Moran Eye Clinic to all my friends and acquaintances, very often!

December 06, 2012

if you ask a question always get a good answer. Usually does not provide much "why" explanatiions otherwise. More explanation of the medication would help.

November 26, 2012

Dr. Ambati explained so well what my results were and about all that was done. I've never had that much explained to me before. I plan on returning in a year, because it was such a positive experience for me. Thank you!

November 26, 2012

I have had no bad experiences.

November 13, 2012

Always positive.

October 29, 2012

I seldom rate anyone with straight 5s, but this really was an exceptional visit.

October 04, 2012

Outstanding and caring physician with great expertise

September 17, 2012

I have never been MORE PLEASED with a Dr. before !!

August 21, 2012

I think you've got a good man there in Dr. Ambati.

August 06, 2012

thank you for putting my mind at ease im very greatfull

July 16, 2012

Dr. Ambati is an empathetic provider.

June 26, 2012

The experience with Dr. Ambati was beyond what words can describe really- you may be tempted to think that someone of his training, status, etc. would not be the perfect picture of beside manner(as I have experienced this with others in the past).... However, I could not have asked for a more kind, caring and knowledgeable professional. This was a superior experience to all other physician encounters I have had in the past.

April 18, 2012

Very polite, softspoken, confidence in himself.

March 07, 2012

At one point I asked the question, 'do these meds need to be given 5 minutes apart?' The response - '1 or 2 minutes.' is really not adequate. Now at home, I'm assuming there is a wait because med 1 has a diluting effect ... explanations of 'why' are super helpful to the patient/care provider & goes a long way to assure compliance. I expressed some concerns to the doctor; I'm not really sure I was 'heard'. Hope so.

February 15, 2012

I have and will tell anyone who needs an eye care professional that Dr. Ambatti is the doctor to see. I respect him and trust everything he and I talk about and the procedures he has performed on me. When he brings in students to look at my eyes and gives them training I really enjoy being their subject of training.

January 04, 2012

I have already recommended the Center and Dr. Ambahti to many of my friends.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Drug Delivery
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Nanoparticles
  • Bioimaging
  • Inflammation
  • Angiogenesis
  • Transplantation
  • Vascular Normalization
  • Cornea
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retina

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy - Adjunct Associate Professor

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Bala Ambati earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at New York University. He later earned his Medical Degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After completing a residency in ophthalmology at Harvard University, he completed a fellowship in cornea and LASIK surgery at Duke University. He completed a PhD in Cell Biology at Medical College of Georgia, where he practiced for 5 years, prior to moving to University of Utah in 2008. He is currently a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Corneal Research.

Dr. Ambati is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology. He has been awarded the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award, the ARVO Award for Macular Degeneration Research, and has been recognized as a Health Care Hero in 2011 by Utah Business Monthly. His laboratory is a State of Utah Center of Excellence in Ocular Drug Delivery.


Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training Medical College of Georgia
Cell Biology
Fellowship Duke University Eye Center
Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Residency Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Residency Beth Israel Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Internship North Shore University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Professional Medical SUNY - Buffalo
Undergraduate New York University


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