Priyanka Kukkar was born in New Delhi, India. She attended Medical School at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India. Dr. Kukkar subsequently completed her ophthalmology residency at M.S.Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India where she was awarded “Dr. Jaiveer Agarwal Award of Academic Excellence”. After completion of her residency she practiced as phacosurgeon for around 10 years before moving to United States. Outside of medicine, she loves to spend time with family and friends, likes watching movies, go hiking and do kitchen gardening.