Tueng T. Shen M.D., Ph.D.

Tueng T. Shen M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery


Eye Institute


Chinese, Dutch, English


Primary Location

Eye Institute at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

Eye Center at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NN 300
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.744.2020|Map It 


Professor Shen is an expert cataract and cornea surgeon with an active bioengineering research group. She is passionate about restoring vision to patients and improving their quality of life. Her clinical expertise is also a driving force for her cutting-edge research to further improve the quality of care in the future.

Patient Care Philosophy

I strongly believe that patients deserve a physician who listens, keeps them well-informed and is a partner in accomplishing the best treatment plan customized to their needs.

Personal Interests

Dr. Shen enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She expresses herself artistically through Chinese calligraphy, Chinese watercolor, photography and sculpture. She frequently donates her artwork to local communities and organizations in order to raise funds for vision care.

Clinical Interests

Cataract surgery with intraocular implant; refractive surgery; corneal transplant surgery.

Teaching Interests

She enjoys teaching residents in clinic, in the operating room and in the research lab. She also teaches medical students and engineering students (undergraduate and graduate) through lectures and research projects. She particularly enjoys introducing ophthalmic surgeries first-hand to medical students and engineering students. These surgeries allow engineers to understand the design criteria related to ophthalmological devices.

For undergraduate students interested in medicine, the lab offers a good opportunity to learn both the science/engineering and clinical aspects of ophthalmology.

Scope of Care

Refractive surgeries (laser and non-laser surgeries) to minimize refractive errors and reduce dependence on glasses or contact lenses; cataract surgeries; corneal surgeries (PKP, DSEK, artificial cornea surgeries, conjunctival surgeries, stem cell transplant surgeries); and medical management of all areas of corneal diseases.

Research Interests

Dr. Shen's research group focuses on developing innovative solutions to treating global blindness by leveraging technological advancements in polymer sciences, microelectronics and modern imaging techniques.

Examples of specific projects include: developing the next generation of artificial cornea using advanced polymer research, microelectronic sensing technology for continuous wireless monitoring of the intraocular pressure, and a controlled intra-ocular drug delivery system to prevent post-operative infections in developing nations.

The lab collaborates broadly with engineering departments (bioengineering, electrical engineering) and other departments with expertise in visual science research (such as biological structure).


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1997
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School ProgramResidencyOphthalmology
Moran Eye CenterFellowshipCornea & Refractive Surgery
Mount Auburn HospitalInternshipGeneral Internal Medicine

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