Dr. Michael F. Chiang to Lead the National Eye Institute


Congratulations to American Board of Ophthalmology Diplomate Michael F. Chiang, M.D., who was recently named director of the National Institutes of Health's National Eye Institute (NEI). Dr. Chiang is the Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology & Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, and is associate director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute.


According to the NIH announcement, he is expected to begin his new role as the NEI director in late 2020, where he will oversee NEI’s annual budget of nearly $824 million, the large majority of which supports vision research through approximately 1,600 research grants and training awards made to scientists at more than 250 medical centers, universities and other institutions across the country and around the world.


Dr. Chiang is past chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Medical Information Technology Committee and has served as an at-large member of the AAO Board of Trustees. He is a member of the AAO IRIS (Intelligent Research in Sight) Registry Executive Committee and chair of the AAO IRIS Registry Data Analytics Committee. He serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. He serves on the editorial boards for the journals Ophthalmology, Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology and EyeNet.


Dr. Chiang earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering and biology from Stanford University, Stanford, California; his master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City; and his M.D. and master’s in medical science from Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Boston.

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