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Cynthia Chiu, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Cynthia Chiu is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with expertise in sutureless and small-incision cataract surgery, premium artificial lens technology, medical glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and eye trauma. Her research focuses on the outcomes and complications of cataract surgery. In addition to treating patients, Chiu is an associate professor in the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology and is actively involved in medical and surgical education. She has won multiple awards for resident teaching.

Chiu earned a medical degree at UCSF and did an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School.


Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Optometry Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353–2800
Fax: (415) 353–2654

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic Eye Disease

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UCSF School of Medicine 2000


Harvard Medical School, Ophthalmology 2004


UCSF, Teaching Scholars Program in Medical Education 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Chiu CS, Mantopoulos D, Lessell S, Cestari DM. A rod-sparing retinopathy in bardet-biedl syndrome. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2015 Jan-Apr; 6(1):30-3.
  2. Chiu CS. 2013 update on the management of posterior capsular rupture during cataract surgery. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan; 25(1):26-34.
  3. Lee RY, Kao AA, Kasuga T, Vo BN, Cui QN, Chiu CS, Weinreb RN, Lin SC. Ethnic variation in optic disc size by fundus photography. Curr Eye Res. 2013 Nov; 38(11):1142-7.
  4. Lin P, Yoon MK, Chiu CS. Herpes zoster keratouveitis and inflammatory ocular hypertension 8 years after varicella vaccination. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2009 Jan-Feb; 17(1):33-5.
  5. Rofagha S, Day S, Winn BJ, Ou JI, Bhisitkul RB, Chiu CS. Spontaneous resolution of a traumatic cataract caused by an intralenticular foreign body. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008 Jun; 34(6):1033-5.
  6. Winn BJ, Lin SC, Hee MR, Chiu CS. Repair of descemet membrane detachments with the assistance of anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 May; 126(5):730-2.
  7. Chiu CS, Dryja TP, Lessell S. A "negative" temporal artery biopsy, positive for arteritis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004 Jul; 122(7):1074-5.
  8. Chiu CS, Rubin PA. Pharmacotherapies and nonpharmacotherapies for orbital inflammatory diseases. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2004; 44(3):165-85.

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