Harold A. Stein, MD Lecture

How the Science, Technology and Art of Ophthalmic Practice are Evolving: Perspectives From the National Eye Institute


Michael F. Chiang, MD, will present the Harold A. Stein, MD Lecture on Sunday, October 2, at 7:30 a.m. Dr. Chiang is Director of the National Eye Institute, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. His clinical practice focuses on pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and he is board-certified in clinical informatics. His research develops and applies biomedical informatics methods to clinical ophthalmology in areas such as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), telehealth, artificial intelligence, clinical information systems, data science and genotype-phenotype correlation. His group has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and has developed an assistive artificial intelligence system for ROP that received Breakthrough Status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Chiang will explore how remarkable advances in science, technology and computing have created unprecedented opportunities to improve the practice of ophthalmology. His lecture will discuss ways in which ophthalmic practice is evolving because of advances in artificial intelligence and data science, ways in which research will need to address current gaps in knowledge and ways in which Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) might prepare as the field evolves in the future.


Dr. Chiang received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Biology from Stanford University in 1991, an MD from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1996 and an MA in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University. He completed residency and pediatric ophthalmology fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. Between 2001–2010, he worked at Columbia University, where he was the Anne S. Cohen Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Biomedical Informatics, Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology and Director of the Introductory Graduate Student Course in Biomedical Informatics. From 2010–2020, he worked at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where he was the Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology & Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, and Associate Director of the Casey Eye Institute. He co-directed an NIH-funded T32 training program in visual science for graduate students and research fellows, as well as an NIH-funded K12 clinician-scientist program at OHSU. 

Dr. Chiang has served as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Board of Trustees, Chair of the AAO IRIS Registry Data Analytics Committee, Chair of the AAO Task Force on Artificial Intelligence, Chair of the AAO Medical Information Technology Committee and on numerous other national and local committees. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and on the Editorial Board for Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, and is Associate Editor of the textbook Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. He has previously served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and on the Editorial Board for Ophthalmology Retina.
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