Jennifer R. Chao M.D., Ph.D.

Jennifer R. Chao M.D., Ph.D.
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  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish


  • Medical and surgical retina
  • Retinal degenerative diseases


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.


Institution Credential Year
University of Southern California Fellowship
Yale University School of Medicine Ph.D 2002
Yale University School of Medicine Medical education 2003
Stanford University Medical Center Internship
Univ. of Southern Calif.-Doheny Eye Institute Residency
Degree Institution Year
MD Yale University School of Medicine 2003

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Ophthalmology Ophthalmology 2008