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.
Spending time with her family, hiking, traveling 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 CaliforniaFellowship
- Yale UniversityPh.D2002
- Yale University School of MedicineMedical education2003
- Stanford University Medical CenterInternship
- Univ. of Southern Calif.-Doheny Eye InstituteResidency
- American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology2008