Sonal Tuli, MD

Sonal S Tuli, MD

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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


Master of Education (M.Ed.)
University of Florida

Fellowship - Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Residency - Ophthalmology
Indiana University

Internship - Internal Medicine
William Beaumont Hospital

Board Certifications


Honors and Awards

Senior Achievement Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Secretariat Award
American Academic of Ophthalmology

Recognition for the top instruction courses
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award

Secretariat Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Achievement Award
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Top 10% of Instruction courses
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Board Examiner
Ophthalmology Certification Examination

Exemplary Teacher Award
College of Medicine - University of Florida