Philip Chen, MD

Professor; Grace E. Hill Endowed Chair; Vice Chair for Clinical Services


Undergraduate Education: BS, Biological Sciences, Stanford University
Medical School: MD, Yale University School of Medicine
Internship: Transitional, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center,
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Southern California
Fellowship: Glaucoma, University of Miami
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1992, Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1997, 2007
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), King County Medical Association (KCMA)


Dr. Chen was born and raised in the U.S.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine.  Following his transitional internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. He also completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami.

Dr. Chen began his career at UW Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 1996.  He was appointed Chief of Ophthalmology at the UW Medical Center in 2001 and at Harborview Medical Center, including the UW Eye Institute, in 2009. He served as Residency Program Director from 2002-2004 and was acting chair in the Department of Ophthalmology for 3 years, from 2005-2008.  He was promoted to Professor in 2008 and was named the Grace E. Hill Chair in Vision Research in 2012. He is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has served the American Academy of Ophthalmology in numerous capacities.    Dr. Chen lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.  His hobbies include hiking, running, gardening, and anything he can do with his family.

Primary office

Eye Institute at Harborview

Location:  Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor Seattle, WA 98104
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020 Clinic Fax: 206-520-9310
Mailing Address: Box 359608 325 Ninth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone: 206-543-7250

Awards and honors

2022, 2023 Best Doctors in Seattle, Seattle Magazine

2011  Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Best Doctors in America

2003 Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2001 Attending of the Year Award, for resident teaching, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington

Patient Care Philosophy

“My professional passion is to prevent blindness caused by glaucoma.”

Clinical interests

Dr. Chen’s clinical interests include the diagnosis, management and surgical treatment of all types of glaucoma and cataracts.

Research focus

Dr. Chen’s research focuses on the outcomes of glaucoma treatment, risk factors for glaucoma progression and screening for glaucoma.


    No publications are available at this time.

UW Department of Ophthalmology

908 Jefferson St.. Seattle, WA 98104 (academic offices)
Harborview Medical Center (mailing address)
Box 359608, 325 Ninth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.543.7250
Fax: 206.685.7055


For Patients

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