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Felix Y Chau, MD

Associate Professor

Director, Retinal Bioengineering Laboratory

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

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Dr. Chau focuses on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and medical-surgical retina. He is a co- investigator on several clinical trials to develop new treatments for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). He is developing a clinical research program to focus on ROP, diabetic retinopathy and AMD. Dr. Chau joined the Retina Service as an attending physician in 2010.

Selected Publications

  • McAnany JJ, Wanek J, Zelkha R, Lim JI, Chau F, Shahidi M. Neural constraints on visual acuity in proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Optom Vis Sci. 2014 Feb;91(2):194-9. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000128. PubMed PMID: 24317136.
  • Huh ES, Aref AA, Vajaranant TS, de la Cruz J, Chau FY, Cortina MS. Outcomes of pars plana glaucoma drainage implant in Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis surgery. J Glaucoma. 2014 Jan;23(1):e39-44. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e31829e55f8. PubMed PMID: 24370810.
  • Mezu-Ndubuisi OJ, Teng PY, Wanek J, Blair NP, Chau FY, Reddy NM, Raj JU, Reddy SP, Shahidi M. In vivo retinal vascular oxygen tension imaging and fluorescein angiography
    in the mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Oct 23;54(10):6968-72. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-12126. PubMed PMID: 24052641; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3808101.
  • Hu J, Goldstein DA, Leiderman YI, Malhotra V, Chau FY, Lin AY, Vajaranant TS. Epithelial downgrowth after ahmed implantation presenting as a peritubular fibrovascular membrane. J Glaucoma. 2013 Aug;22(6):e11-3. doi:10.1097/IJG.0b013e318255d9ee.PubMed PMID: 23899696.
  • Prickett AL, Salar S, Chow CC, Traish AS, Leiderman YI, Chau FY, Kassem IS.Traumatic eye injuries from collapsible wire laundry hampers. Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;132(2):e522-5. doi:
    10.1542/peds.2012-3169. Epub 2013 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 23821700; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3727671.
  • Chow CC, Shah RJ, Lim JI, Chau FY, Hallak JA, Vajaranant TS. Peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness in sickle-cell hemoglobinopathies using spectral-domain optical
    coherence tomography. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 Mar;155(3):456-464.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2012.09.015. Epub 2012 Dec 4. PubMed PMID: 23218697.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network*. Randomized clinical trial evaluating intravitreal ranibizumab or saline for vitreous hemorrhage from proliferative diabetic
    retinopathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Mar;131(3):283-93.
    doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.2015. PubMed PMID: 23370902.
  • Orlin A, Chan RV, Freund KB, Folk JC, Chau F, Goldstein DA. Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Retina. 2012 Oct;32(9):1988-93. PubMed PMID: 23007671.
  • Chow CC, Genead MA, Anastasakis A, Chau FY, Fishman GA, Lim JI. Structural and functional correlation in sickle cell retinopathy using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscope microperimetry. Am J JOphthalmol. 2011 Oct;152(4):704-711.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2011.03.035. Epub 2011 Jul 2. PubMed PMID: 21726848; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3690286.
  • Gangaputra S, Almukhtar T, Glassman AR, Aiello LP, Bressler N, Bressler SB, Danis RP, Davis MD; Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. Comparison of film and digital fundus photographs in eyes of individuals with diabetes mellitus. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug 3;52(9):6168-73. doi: 10.1167/iovs.11-7321. PubMed
    PMID: 21571677; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3176025.

Notable Honors

2011, Class Act Award for Excellence in Patient Care, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

2009, Vitreoretinal Fellow, Annenberg Foundation Mentoring in Ophthalmology Program

2009, Cless Fellow, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary


MD: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Residency in Ophthalmology: Duke University Eye Center
Clinical Fellowship in Retina-: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary