Dr. Chao was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She graduated with distinction from Stanford University and was awarded the Janet M. Glasgow…
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Patient Care Philosophy
My goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate care to each of my patients with the goal of improving their quality of life.
In her spare time, Dr. Chao enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, travelling and playing the violin.
Age-related macular degeneration; hereditary retinal degenerations (e.g. retinitis pigmentosa); retinal detachments and tears; diabetic retinopathy; macular holes, puckers and edema; myopic macular degeneration; central serous retinopathy; endophthalmitis; and retinal vascular occlusive disease.
Dr. Chao’s research group studies inherited retinal degenerations and examines potential treatment modalities. Specific projects include the generation of stem cells from persons with inherited retinal degenerations (called induced pluripotent stem cells or IPSCs), generating retinal cells from these IPSCs, and studying the "diseased" retinal cells in culture. Ultimately, the group is focused on discovering new drug therapeutics that could benefit those affected by inherited retinal degenerations.
|University of Southern California||Fellowship||2009
|Univ. of Southern Calif.-Doheny Eye Institute||Residency||2007
|Stanford University Medical Center||Internship||2004
|Yale University School of Medicine||Medical education||2003
|American Board of Ophthalmology||Ophthalmology||2008