Jacque Duncan, MD

Retinal specialist

Dr. Jacque Duncan is an ophthalmologist at UCSF Medical Center who specializes in treating retina degenerations such as retinitis pigmentosa, which affects one in 3,500 people worldwide; and age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 50 in the U.S. Both conditions run in families and currently have no cure. Her expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases such as Usher syndrome, cone-rod dystrophy and Stargardt disease, a form of macular degeneration that develops in childhood, and the use of experimental techniques to slow or prevent these conditions.

In her research, she is studying treatments to preserve vision and to use devices to stimulate visual perception in patients. She has received research funding from Research to Prevent Blindness, Karl Kirchgessner Foundation, Hope for Vision, and American Geriatrics Society in addition to a Career Development Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Duncan earned a medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, where she completed an ophthalmology residency. She also completed a medical retina fellowship at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on patients with age-related macular degeneration and inherited retinal degeneration. She returned to UCSF and joined the faculty in 2000. She is a professor of clinical ophthalmology at UCSF.


Retina and Vitreous Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0344
Phone: (415) 353–2800
Fax: (415) 353–2713

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Title


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UCSF School of Medicine 1995


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1996


UCSF Medical Center, Ophthalmology 1999
Scheie Eye Institute, Medical Retina 2000

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lew YJ, Rinella N, Qin J, Chiang J, Moore AT, Porco TC, Roorda A, Duncan JL. High-resolution Imaging in Male Germ Cell-Associated Kinase (MAK)-related Retinal Degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jan; 185:32-42.
  2. LaVail MM, Nishikawa S, Steinberg RH, Naash MI, Duncan JL, Trautmann N, Matthes MT, Yasumura D, Lau-Villacorta C, Chen J, Peterson WM, Yang H, Flannery JG. Phenotypic characterization of P23H and S334ter rhodopsin transgenic rat models of inherited retinal degeneration. Exp Eye Res. 2018 Feb; 167:56-90.
  3. Gustafson K, Duncan JL, Biswas P, Soto-Hermida A, Matsui H, Jakubosky D, Suk J, Telenti A, Frazer KA, Ayyagari R. Correction: Gustafson et al., Whole Genome Sequencing Revealed Mutations in Two Independent Genes as the Underlying Cause of Retinal Degeneration in an Ashkenazi Jewish Pedigree. Genes 2017, 8, 210. Genes (Basel). 2017 Oct 23; 8(10).

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