Jennifer R. Chao M.D., Ph.D.

Jennifer R. Chao M.D., Ph.D.

Bio

Dr. Chao is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. She is a clinician scientist, who specializes in diseases of the retina, vitreous,…

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Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Chao is dedicated to bringing the highest quality of care to her patients by offering the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options. She enjoys partnering with her patients in their care, listening to them, and keeping them informed of the latest in current research regarding challenging retinal diseases.

Personal Interests

Spending time with her family, hiking, traveling and playing the violin.

Clinical Interests

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.

Research Interests

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.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Yale University School of MedicineMedical education2003
Yale UniversityPh.D2002
Stanford University Medical CenterInternship
Univ. of Southern Calif.-Doheny Eye InstituteResidency
University of Southern CaliforniaFellowship

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD2003

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology2008
Dr. Chao is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. She is a clinician scientist, who specializes in diseases of the retina, vitreous, and macula.