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Daniel Chao

TitleAssistant Professor Of Clinical
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentOphthalmology
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0946
La Jolla CA 92093
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    University of California, San FranciscoVitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship2016
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/ University of MiamiOphthalmology Residency2014
    Santa Clara Valley Medical CenterTransitional Year2011
    Stanford UniversityPhD, Neurosciences2009Medicine
    Stanford UniversityMD2010Medicine
    Virginia Commonwealth UniversityB.S. Biomedical Engineering2001Engineering

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    Dr. Chao is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Institute at UCSD. He is a vitreoretinal surgeon and clinician-scientist, focused on translational research in retinal diseases. In addition to seeing patients with conditions such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, he runs a translational research laboratory using zebrafish to model retinal diseases as well as developing new imaging modalities for retinal disease. He also serves as principal investigator on a number of clinical trials investigating investigational medications for retinal disease. He is also serves as Director of Ophthalmology Medical Student Education, where he is involved in coordinating medical student education and mentoring medical students interested in ophthalmology.


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    1. Meshi A, Lin T, Dans K, Chen KC, Amador M, Hasenstab K, Muftuoglu IK, Nudleman E, Chao D, Bartsch DU, Freeman WR. COMPARISON OF RETINAL PATHOLOGY VISUALIZATION IN MULTISPECTRAL SCANNING LASER IMAGING. Retina. 2018 Mar 16. PMID: 29554078.
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    2. Hariri A, Wang J, Kim Y, Jhunjhunwala A, Chao D, Jokerst JV. In vivo photoacoustic imaging of chorioretinal oxygen gradients. J Biomed Opt. 2018 Mar; 23(3):1-8. PMID: 29524321.
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    3. Aderman CM, Chao D, Obeid A, Schwartz DM, Bhisitkul RB, Chiu CS. BILATERAL ENTEROCOCCUS FAECALIS ENDOPHTHALMITIS WITH MULTIPLE RECURRENCES. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2018 Feb 27. PMID: 29489562.
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    4. Hariri A, Lemaster J, Wang J, Jeevarathinam AS, Chao D, Jokerst JV. The characterization of an economic and portable LED-based photoacoustic imaging system to facilitate molecular imaging. Photoacoustics. 2018 Mar; 9:10-20. PMID: 29234601.
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    5. Díaz-Coránguez M, Chao D, Salero EL, Goldberg JL, Antonetti DA. Cell autonomous sonic hedgehog signaling contributes to maintenance of retinal endothelial tight junctions. Exp Eye Res. 2017 11; 164:82-89. PMID: 28743502.
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    6. Chao D, Lin SC, Chen R, Lin SC. Myopia is Inversely Associated With the Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy in the South Korean Population. Am J Ophthalmol. 2016 Dec; 172:39-44. PMID: 27640007.
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    7. Walter SD, Chao D, Feuer W, Schiffman J, Char DH, Harbour JW. Prognostic Implications of Tumor Diameter in Association With Gene Expression Profile for Uveal Melanoma. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul 01; 134(7):734-40. PMID: 27123792.
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    8. Lin SC, Singh K, Chao D, Lin SC. Refractive Error and the Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the South Korean Population. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). 2016 Mar-Apr; 5(2):115-21. PMID: 26914445.
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    9. Chao D, Harbour JW. Hydroxyapatite versus polyethylene orbital implants for patients undergoing enucleation for uveal melanoma. Can J Ophthalmol. 2015 Apr; 50(2):151-4. PMID: 25863856.
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    10. Chao D, Ko MJ, Johnson TE. Hematic cyst around orbital floor implant masquerading as choroidal mass. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar; 133(3):e143534. PMID: 25763555.
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    11. Chao D, Erickson BP, Rachitskaya AV. Penetrating ocular fishhook injury. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar; 133(3):347-8. PMID: 25763547.
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    12. Chao D, Marsiglia M, Ahmad B, Sridhar J, Shah GK, de Souza EC, Yannuzzi LA, Albini TA. Peripapillary serous detachment in multiple evanescent white dot syndrome. Retina. 2015 Mar; 35(3):521-4. PMID: 25545483.
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    13. Chao D, Flynn HW. Stability of macular traction in involutional diabetic retinopathy over a 5-year course. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Jan; 46(1):131-3. PMID: 25559526.
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    14. Churgin DS, Schatz NJ, Chao D. Acute postoperative visual loss. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Nov; 132(11):1365-6. PMID: 25392965.
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    15. Chao D, Gregori NZ, Khandji J, Goldhardt R. Safety of bilateral intravitreal injections delivered in a teaching institution. Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 2014 Jul; 11(7):991-3. PMID: 24815986.
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    16. Harbour JW, Chao D. A molecular revolution in uveal melanoma: implications for patient care and targeted therapy. Ophthalmology. 2014 Jun; 121(6):1281-8. PMID: 24480708.
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    17. Chao D, Albini TA, McKeown CA, Cavuoto KM. Infectious Pseudomonas scleritis after strabismus surgery. J AAPOS. 2013 Aug; 17(4):423-5. PMID: 23871294.
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    18. Chao D, Schiffman JC, Gedde SJ. Characterization of a clinician-scientist cohort in ophthalmology: a demographic analysis of k grant awardees in ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2013 Oct; 120(10):2146-50. PMID: 23631948; PMCID: PMC3735812.
    19. Yan J, Chao D, Toba S, Koyasako K, Yasunaga T, Hirotsune S, Shen K. Kinesin-1 regulates dendrite microtubule polarity in Caenorhabditis elegans. Elife. 2013 Mar 06; 2:e00133. PMID: 23482306; PMCID: PMC3591006.
    20. Chao D, Shrivastava A, Kim DH, Lin H, Singh K. Axial length does not correlate with degree of visual field loss in myopic Chinese individuals with glaucomatous appearing optic nerves. J Glaucoma. 2010 Oct-Nov; 19(8):509-13. PMID: 20179621.
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    21. Chao D, Ma L, Shen K. Transient cell-cell interactions in neural circuit formation. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2009 Apr; 10(4):262-71. PMID: 19300445; PMCID: PMC3083859.
    22. Chao D, Shen K. Functional dissection of SYG-1 and SYG-2, cell adhesion molecules required for selective synaptogenesis in C. elegans. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2008 Oct; 39(2):248-57. PMID: 18675916; PMCID: PMC2575880.
    23. Allen PB, Sgro AE, Chao D, Doepker BE, Scott Edgar J, Shen K, Chiu DT. Single-synapse ablation and long-term imaging in live C. elegans. J Neurosci Methods. 2008 Aug 15; 173(1):20-6. PMID: 18579213; PMCID: PMC2535809.
    24. Chao D, Wang GJ. Firing to wire: a role for activity in establishing layer specificity in the cortex. J Neurosci. 2007 Oct 10; 27(41):10922-3. PMID: 17928433.
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    25. Ding M, Chao D, Wang G, Shen K. Spatial regulation of an E3 ubiquitin ligase directs selective synapse elimination. Science. 2007 Aug 17; 317(5840):947-51. PMID: 17626846.
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    26. Kwon TH, Chao D, Malloy K, Sun D, Alessandri B, Bullock MR. Tempol, a novel stable nitroxide, reduces brain damage and free radical production, after acute subdural hematoma in the rat. J Neurotrauma. 2003 Apr; 20(4):337-45. PMID: 12866813.
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