Dr Padmamalini Mahendradas got her M.B.B.S degree from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Postgraduate Diploma from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai Medical College, Chennai (where she stood first in the Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University), and Diplomate of National Board from Prabha Eye Clinic and Research Centre, Bangalore. She is the Head of the Department of Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore. She is a member of International uveitis study group ( IUSG) and International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS), and executive committee member of Uveitis Society of India.
Her 2006 paper on Ocular manifestations associated with chikungunya infection won her the Dr. Narsing A Rao Best Paper award at USI annual conference in 2006 in Madurai. Other awards include Best Poster Presentation Award (4th National Update on HIV/ AIDS Management, Mysore, 2005), Best Paper Award (Inflammatory Diseases Section, 66th AIOS Meet, Bangalore, 2008), Dr. M.M. Joshi Best Paper Award (Karnataka Ophthalmic Society Meet, Davengere, 2009) and AIOS Narsing A Rao Award (69th All India Ophthalmological Society Meet at Ahmedabad, 2011). She has twenty six indexed publications, 6 non indexed publications,13 book chapters, 85 invited talks, 32 international, 64 national and 66 state level presentations.