Dr. Lam earned both her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Northwestern University in Illinois. She then moved to Seattle to complete her internship and residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Undergraduate Education: BA, Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1996
Medical School: MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine, 2002
Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Washington, 2003
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Washington, 2006
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2008
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)
Sub Specialty Societies: American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lam’s clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of a comprehensive range of eye conditions. These include such entities as cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, ocular surface diseases and eye trauma.

Research Focus   

Dr. Lam’s research focuses on resident education, cataract surgery and uveitis.

Awards & Honors  

2011 Teacher of the Year Award, University of Washington, Department of Ophthalmology

1996 Chemistry Departmental Scholar Award

1996 Departmental Honors in Chemistry


Taravati P, Lam DL, Leveque TK, Van Gelder RN. “Post Cataract Inflammation,” Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. 23(1):12-8 2012.

Ngan R, Lam DL, Mudumbai RC, Chen PP. “Rick factors for Noncompliance with follow-up among Normal-tension Glaucoma Suspects,” Am J Ophthalmol, 144(2): 310-1, 2007.

Spaide, RF, Donsoff I, Lam DL, Yannuzzi LA, Jampol LM, Slakter J, Sorenson J, Freund KB. “Treatment of Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy with Photodynamic Therapy,” Retina 22(5): 529-535, 2002.

Munson GP, Lam DL, Outten FW and O'Halloran TV. "Identification of a Copper- Responsive Two-Component System on the Chromosome of Escherichia Coli K-12,” Journal of Bacteriology 182(20): 5864-71, 2000.

Hamilton SR and Lam DL, “Ocular Myasthenia Gravis” in Albert D and Jakobiec FA (eds). Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology, Third Edition, Elsevier 2008.

Primary Clinical Office

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

1660 S Columbian Way
Bldg 100, Room 1D-146
Seattle, WA 98108
Clinic Phone: 206-764-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-764-2477

Mailing Address:
Department of Ophthalmology
1660 S Columbian Way, S-112 OPH
Seattle, WA 98108
Academic Phone: 206-764-2320


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