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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