Charlie Chai, M.D. Ophthalmologist
Dr. Charlie Chai, MD, is a highly accomplished ophthalmologist with a remarkable academic background and extensive experience in the field of eye care. Driven by a passion for helping patients and advancing medical knowledge, he has established himself as a prominent figure in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Chai consistently goes above and beyond to put patients first by providing the highest quality and most advanced care.
Dr. Chai completed his Bachelor of Science degrees with honors in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, as well as Psychology, from the University of California, San Diego. He then obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from The George Washington University School of Medicine, where he ranked in the top 5% of his class and was awarded a near full tuition scholarship. He was recognized for his exceptional academic achievement and excellent character and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism societies. Dr. Chai then completed an internship in General Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by a rigorous residency in Ophthalmology at the renowned Vanderbilt Eye Institute where he went beyond the standard curriculum to learn advanced clinical and surgical techniques.
Throughout his career, Dr. Chai has been actively engaged in translational and clinical research, focusing on medical and surgical retinal diseases. He has collaborated with industry leaders such as Roche-Genentech and obtained seed innovation grants from the National Science Foundation, contributing to advancements in the treatment of retinal conditions. Dr. Chai's commitment to research excellence is further evident in his extensive publication record, featuring a combined over 50 peer-reviewed abstracts, journal articles and book chapters in ophthalmology and molecular medicine. He aims to expand the available treatments to patients by continuing to participate in research and clinical trials.
Beyond his clinical practice, Dr. Chai actively contributes to his community. He has helped teach biological sciences at UC San Diego and served with the UC San Diego Police. Dr. Chai has also extended his involvement to various charitable organizations, including free clinics, inner city children’s mentorship programs, and anti-human trafficking organizations.
His exceptional skills, unwavering dedication, and comprehensive experience make him an outstanding ophthalmologist committed to providing exceptional eye care services to his patients.
Mandarin Chinese (fluent)
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Refractive Surgery Alliance
American Society of Retina Specialists