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.

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Undergraduate Education: BS, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1986
Medical School: MD, Yale University School of Medicine, 1991
Internship: Transitional, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, 1992
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, 1995
Fellowship: Glaucoma, University of Miami, 1996
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)

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Academic Interests

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.


Awards & Honors 

2011    Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 Best Doctors in Seattle, Seattle Magazine

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


Moore DB, Reck SD, Chen PP. Angle closure glaucoma associated with ectopia lentis in a patient with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Eye 2011;25:1235-6.

Musch DC, Gillespie BW, Niziol LM, Lichter PR, Varma R; CIGTS Study Group. Intraocular pressure control and long-term visual field loss in the Collaborative Initial Glaucoma Treatment Study. Ophthalmology 2011;118:1766-73.

Desai M, Wei S, Feuer W, Chen PP, Parrish RK II, Gedde SJ. Practice Preferences for Glaucoma Surgery:  A Survey of the American Glaucoma Society in 2008. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2011;42:202-8.

Lin MP, Eksioglu U, Mudumbai RC, Slabaugh MA, Chen PP. Glaucoma in patients with ocular chemical burns. Am J Ophthalmol 2012:154:481-5.

Chen PP. Is diabetes, even without retinopathy, a risk factor for glaucoma filtering surgery failure in the age of antifibrosis agents? Br J Ophthalmol, in press.

Primary Clinical Office

Eye Institute at Harborview

Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-897-4320

Mailing Address:
Box 359608
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone: 206-543-7250