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Afshari, Natalie A. Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Chao, Daniel L. Do, Jiun Ferrara, Napoleone Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Kikkawa, Don O. Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Lin, Jonathan H. Liu, Catherine Y. Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Robbins, Shira L. Savino, Peter J. Slight, Rigby Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S. Zhang, Kang
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Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Refractive Surgery Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic
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AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease
Daniel L. Chao, M.D., Ph.D.

Daniel L. Chao, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Board Certification in Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases
Medical School Stanford University
Residency Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami
Fellowship University of California, San Francisco
Special Interest Macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
Publications View on PubMed

Daniel L. Chao M.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Institute.  Dr. Chao earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.D. and Ph.D. in Neurosciences at Stanford University.  He completed his internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, his ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, and then completed his vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.  He has been honored with many awards including the Heed Fellowship, and the William F. Hoyt Teaching Award.

Dr. Chao’s clinical focus is in the medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases with a special interest in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.  He has participated and is an active investigator in many clinical trials. He is involved in multiple interdisciplinary collaborations to develop novel imaging modalities and therapeutic approaches for retinal diseases.

Dr. Chao also leads a research program using zebrafish as a translational model of retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.  His long-term goal is to identify new therapeutic targets for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration and translate these into therapies which can help save vision for patients with these blinding diseases.



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