Philip P. Chen M.D.

Philip P. Chen M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Cataracts, Eye Care (Ophthalmology), Glaucoma


Eye Care Institute (Opthalmology)




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 


Dr. Chen was born and raised in the U.S. He earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. Following his transitional internship at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. He also completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami.

Dr. Chen began his career at UW Medicine as an assistant professor in 1996. He was appointed chief of ophthalmology at the UW Medical Center, in 2001, and at Harborview Medical Center, including the UW Eye Institute, in 2009. He served as residency program director from 2002-2004 and was acting chair in the Department of Ophthalmology for 3 years, from 2005-2008. He was promoted to professor in 2008 and was named the Grace E. Hill Chair in Vision Research in 2012. He is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has served the American Academy of Ophthalmology in numerous capacities.

Patient Care Philosophy

My professional passion is to prevent blindness caused by glaucoma.

Personal Interests

Dr. Chen lives in Seattle, with his wife and children. His hobbies including hiking, running, gardening and anything he can do with his family.

Clinical Interests

The diagnosis, management and surgical treatment of all types of glaucoma and cataracts.

Scope of Care

All types of glaucoma and cataracts, particularly complex glaucoma and cataract surgery.

Research Interests

The outcomes of glaucoma treatment, risk factors for glaucoma progression and screening for glaucoma.


Yale University School of MedicineMedical education1991


Board Certifications

American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology1997
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