Jennifer R. Chao M.D., Ph.D. Accepting new patients

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Medical and surgical retina, Retinal degenerative diseases


English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish


Jennifer Chao, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist at the Eye Institute at Harborview and a UW associate professor of Ophthalmology.

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, listening and keeping them informed of the latest in research regarding challenging retinal diseases. When not involved in patient care, Dr. Chao has an active laboratory dedicated to the study of retinal degenerative disorders.

Dr. Chao graduated with distinction from Stanford University and was awarded the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation. She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. at Yale. She has published papers and presented work at national meetings. She has also served as a peer reviewer for several journals, including Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

Personal Interests

In her spare time, Dr. Chao enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, travelling and playing the violin.
Eye Institute at Harborview

Eye Institute at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor Seattle, WA 98104


Cataracts, Cornea and external disease, Eye care (optometry exams), Glaucoma

Ophthalmology (Eye) Clinic at Harborview

Ophthalmology (Eye) Clinic at Harborview

325 9th Ave., 4th Floor West Clinic Seattle, WA 98104


Cataracts, Cornea and external disease, Eye care (optometry exams), General surgery


Karalis Johnson Retina Center at South Lake Union

750 Republican Street, Bldg. F Seattle, WA 98109


Age-related macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, Optometry, Retinal degenerative diseases

Yale University School of Medicine

Medical education, 2003

Yale University School of Medicine

Ph.D, 2002

Univ. of Southern Calif.-Doheny Eye Institute

Residency, Ophthalmology

Stanford University Medical Center

Internship, Internal Medicine

University of Southern California

Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery


Board Certifications
  • Ophthalmology, 2008, American Board of Ophthalmology