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


Dr. Cynthia Chiu is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with expertise in sutureless and small incision cataract surgery, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium artificial lens technology (including toric, multifocal, and accommodating lens implants), medical glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and eye trauma. Her research focuses on the outcomes and complications of cataract surgery. Dr. Chiu joins our practice after a decade of service as full-time faculty at the University of California San Francisco, where she was Professor and Director of Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Optometry. During her tenure, she also served as Assistant Residency Program Director and Medical Director of the Diabetic Retinal Telemedicine Project for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Dr. Chiu has been recognized nationally for her expertise in medical and surgical education and has won multiple awards for resident teaching. She is also a committee member, course director, and surgical instructor in numerous national ophthalmology organizations and programs, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Harvard Intensive Cataract Surgical Training Course, and the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Chiu is excited to join the East Bay Eye Specialists, a practice that she feels is a regional center of excellence for eye care in the Bay Area. She is committed to quality patient care, communication and coordination with referring physicians, and outstanding surgical outcomes.

Surgical Education Videos:

Cataracts: A Surgical Revolution
Cataract Surgery in the 21st Century


1992-1995      Bachelors of Science with Distinction and
                       Presidential Scholar, Stanford University

1996-2000      Medical Doctorate, Alpha Omega Alpha,
                       University of California San Francisco

2000-2001      Internship in Internal Medicine,
                       Stanford Medical School

2001-2004      Residency in Ophthalmology,
                       Harvard Medical School

2007-2008      Fellowship in Medical Education,
                       University of California San Francisco

Work Experience:

2004-2006      Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical
                       College/New York Presbyterian Hospital

2006-2016      Professor,
                       University of California San Francisco

Notable Publications:

Chiu CS. 2013 Update on the management of posterior capsular rupture during cataract surgery. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan;25(1):26-34.

Indaram M, Yarlagadda J, Babic K, Lin S, Chiu CS, Han Y. Effect of plateau iris configuration on effective lens position and intraocular lens power calculation: Report of 3 cases. JCRS Online Case Reports 2015; 3:59-62.

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.

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