Dr. Chen grew up in Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles. He completed internal medicine internship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and ophthalmology residency at the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester. He then went on to complete a glaucoma fellowship at the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.

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Undergraduate Education: BS, University of California Los Angeles, 2010
Medical School: MD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2015
Internship: Internal Medicine, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, 2016
Residency: Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester, 2019
Fellowship: Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, 2020
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, in process
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Sub specialty memberships: American Glaucoma Society

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Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chen’s interests include the medical and surgical management of glaucoma, cataract, and anterior segment problems.

Research Focus

Dr. Chen’s research interests include the structure-function relationship of glaucoma, visual fields, and imaging of the optic nerve.


Awards & Honors 

2019  Snell Resident Research Award 2018

Jules Stein Eye Institute Medical Student Research Fellowship

UCLA Regent Scholarship



  • Otarola F, Chen A, Morales E, Yu F, Afifi A, Caprioli J. Course of Glaucomatous Visual Field Loss Across the Entire Perimetric Range. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(5):496-502.
  • Caprioli J, de Leon JM, Azarbod P, Chen A, Morales E, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Coleman A, Abdelmonem A. Trabeculectomy Can Improve Long-Term Visual Function in Glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2016;123(1):117-128.
  • Chen A, Yu F, Law SK, Giaconi JA, Coleman AL, Caprioli J. Valved Glaucoma Drainage Devices in Pediatric Glaucoma: Retrospective Long-term Outcomes. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(9):1030-1035.
  • Chen A, Kim EA, Aigner DJ, Afifi A, Caprioli J. Index to Estimate the Efficiency of an Ophthalmic Practice. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(8):924-929. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.1447
  • Chen A, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Otarola FJ, Yu F, Afifi AA, Caprioli J. Models of glaucomatous visual field loss. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014;55(12):7881-7887. doi:10.1167/iovs.14-15435

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