Dr. Chen decided to go to medical school after volunteering as an operating room translator for Operation Smile on one of their missions to China. Prior to that, his interests were primarily in becoming a gene therapist; researching retinal pericyte genes at Tufts, and studying cancer genes in mice while transfecting genes into cells at Cornell.
Eye surgery came naturally after spending so many evenings in a Boston lab harvesting retinal pericytes from cow eyes. The opportunity to perform reconstructive eyelid surgery brings him that same satisfaction he dreamed about on that one-week facial plastic surgery mission with Operation Smile.
Although born in the United States to Shanghainese speaking parents, Dr. Chen was brought up multicultural, living in Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to New England for boarding school. His research and medical training then brought him slowly across the country starting in Boston, then New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Columbus and finally Cleveland. He and his wife then relocated in 2006 to Seattle where his wife treats breast cancer at the University of Washington. With the birth of their second son, they made the decision to permanently settle down in the Puget Sound, and Washington Eye Care was formed.
In the past, Dr Chen spent much of his free time traveling, skiing, inline skating, figure drawing, and dragon boating. Lately, he has been enjoying that time with his family.
She completed an additional residency program at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto, California, specializing in low vision and eye disease. Upon completing her residency, she worked with different ophthalmologists in private practice in New York City for many years.
Dr. Hong has a strong background in treating dry eye syndrome, ocular eye diseases, pediatrics, as well as geriatric care. She has advanced training in pre and post-operative care of cataract surgery, corneal transplant and LASIK surgery. She is also trained to fit a wide range of contact lenses.
Dr. Hong and her family moved to the Seattle area in 2015 from New York City. She is enjoying the great outdoor activities Pacific Northwest has to offer with her family and friends.
This interview was filmed while he headed the Ophthalmology Department at Minor & James Medical Center.