Daniel Chao, MD, PhD

Dr. Daniel Chao is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Diego.  He is a retina surgeon and sees patients with retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal detachments.  Dr. Chao also leads a research program using zebrafish as a translational model for retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He is also involved in clinical research doing biomarker discovery for diabetic retinopathy as well as novel imaging techniques in the retina. His long-term goal is to identify new therapeutic targets for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration and translate these into therapies.