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Priyanka Kanakamedala, MD


  • Refractive / Clear Lens Exchange
  • Cataract & Advanced Cataract Surgery
  • Light Adjustable Lens (LAL)
  • Comprehensive Eye Care
  • Cornea
  • LASIK & PRK Consultations
  • Coon Rapids
  • Edina LASIK Center

Priyanka Kanakamedala, MD


Dr. Kanakamedala is a board-certified, cornea fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract surgery, LASIK/PRK, corneal transplantation and refractive lens implant surgery. She is certified on the LENSAR™ femtosecond laser for cataract surgery, Ziemer™ femtosecond laser, and the WaveLight® EX500 excimer laser, providing customized refractive cataract surgery, including multifocal IOLs, LASIK, and PRK. Her interest and experience in cataract surgery includes micro-incision techniques and the use of the femtosecond laser, as well as complex cataract surgery. In addition to cataract, refractive and corneal surgeries, Dr. Kanakamedala performs advanced surgical procedures such as Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) and scleral fixated intraocular lenses. She also performs corneal crosslinking for keratoconus.

Dr. Kanakamedala was born and raised in Dyer, Indiana. She attended Duke University and graduated with distinction with a BA in a self-designed major Genomics, Race, & Global Health policy. She completed medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine and transitional year residency at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. She then did her ophthalmology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine where she was selected as chief resident by her attendings and peers. She has also participated in multiple research investigations, which she has presented at national conferences throughout her training. She completed an accredited fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining North Suburban Eye Specialists she practiced cornea and comprehensive ophthalmology in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Kanakamedala has extensive international health experience and has spent time in Indonesia, Switzerland, Kenya, and India.


  • B.A. Duke University Graduation with Distinction
  • MD Indiana University
  • Ophthalmology Residency Indiana University
  • Fellowship Cornea, External Disease, & Refractive Surgery University of Minnesota

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2023 Top Doctors Rising Stars, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomate American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology

Published Works

Mammo DA, Kanakamedala P., Hou JH. Severe Corneal and Conjunctival Keratinization with Rapid Response to Topical Vitamin A Ointment.
Ophthalmology 2019; 126(10):1408.

Kanakamedala P., Harris A., Siesky B., et al. Open-angle glaucoma patients of African descent have more functional progression after 4 years compared to European descent patients while demonstrating similar structural progression. Poster session presented at: Annual Meeting of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; 2017 May 7-11; Baltimore, MD.

Kanakamedala P., Harris A., Siesky B., et al. Optic Nerve Head Morphology in Glaucoma Patients of African Descent is Strongly Correlated to Retinal Blood Flow.
Br J Ophthalmol 2014; 98(11): 1551-4.

Huck A., Harris A., Siesky B., Kim N., Muchnik M., Kanakamedala P., et al. Vascular Considerations in Glaucoma Patients of African and European Descent.
Acta Ophthalmol 2014; 92(5):e336-40.

Marek B., Harris A., Kanakamedala P., et al.  Cerebrospinal fluid pressure and glaucoma: regulation of trans-lamina cribrosa pressure.
Br J Ophthalmol 2014; 98(6): 721-5.

Kanakamedala P., Harris A., Siesky B.. Longitudinal changes in retinal capillary blood flow correlate with changes in macular thickness in glaucoma patients of African descent. Poster session presented at: Annual Meeting of The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; 2014 May 4-8; Orlando, FL.

Kanakamedala P. and Haga S.B.. Characterization of clinical study populations by race and ethnicity in biomedical literature.
Ethn Dis 2012; 22(1): 96-101.


In her free time Dr. Kanakamedala enjoys traveling, the Peloton, yoga, and trying new restaurants. She and her husband live in Minneapolis with their Roomba.

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