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About Daniel L. Chao, MD, PhD

Daniel Chao, MD, PhD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a vitreoretinal surgeon. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, and retinal vein occlusion.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, he has a special interest in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and leads a research program that uses zebrafish to study retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. His long-term goal is to identify treatments that can help save the vision of people with blinding retinal diseases. As an investigator, he is involved with clinical trials for new treatments for retinal disease. His work has been published in journals such as Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, and JAMA Ophthalmology.

Dr. Chao completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at UC San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. He earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and a doctorate in neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine. He is board-certified in ophthalmology.

Dr. Chao is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is the recipient of many awards, including the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Emerging Vision Scientist award and the William F. Hoyt Teaching award. He is a fellow of the Society of Heed Fellows.

He speaks basic Mandarin and Spanish.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Residency

  • University of Miami, School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Fellowship

  • UC San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

Doctoral Degree

  • Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Gender

  • Male

Date Joined Staff

  • 2016-08-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Conditions and Treatments

  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinal Diseases
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Epiretinal Membrane
  • Macular Hole
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted