Dr. Shen was born in China. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wellesley College. She earned her PhD in medical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Following her internship in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital at Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Shen completed an NIH research fellowship in the Department of Radiology at Harvard. She also completed a fellowship in cornea, refractive and external disease at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake.

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Undergraduate Education: BA, Chemistry, Wellesley College, 1989
Medical School: MD, Harvard Medical School, 1997
Post Graduate Education: PhD, Medical Engineering, Mass. Institute of Technology, 1994, Research Fellowship, Mass. General Hospital, 1995
Internship: Internal Medicine, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1998
Residency: Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, 2001
Fellowship: Cornea, Refractive and External Disease, University of Utah, 2002                                                   
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)          

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Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shen’s clinical interests include refractive surgery, cataract surgeries and medical and surgical management of corneal disorders. 

Research Focus

Dr. Shen’s research group focuses on developing innovative solutions to treating global blindness by leveraging technological advancements in polymer sciences, microelectronics and modern imaging techniques.

Awards & Honors

2010 Allergan Horizon Cornea Research Award

2008 Emerging Inventor of the Year (UW Medicine, Frazier Healthcare Ventures, Washington Research Foundation, WBBA and Seattle biotechnology Venture) Washington, Seattle, WA

2005 Attending of the Year Award, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1994-95 NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Li P, An L, Reif R, Shen TT, Johnstone M, and Wang RK. In vivo microstructural and microvascular imaging of the human corneo-scleral limbus using optical coherence tomography.  1 November 2011/Vol. 2, No. 11/ Biomedical Optics Express 3109-3118 

Kanayama S, Garty S. Kim B, Shen, TT:  Histological study of graft failure in AlphaCor transplantation  Int Ophthalmol DOI 10.1007/s10792-011-9486-0, November 2011

Shih, YC, Shen, TT, and Otis BP, A 2.3 W Wireless Intraocular Pressure/Temperature Monitor.  IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, VOL. 46, NO. 11, November 2011

Lingley AR, Ali M, Liao Y, Mirjalili R, Klonner M, Sopanen M, Suihkonen S, Shen TT, Otis BP, Lipsanen H and Parviz BA. A single-pixel wireless contact lens display.  J. Micromech. Microeng. 21 (2011) 125014 (8pp) doi:10.1088/0960-1317/21/12/125014

Varel C, Shih YC, Otis BP, Shen TT and Böhringer KF: “Packaging for a wireless Intraocular Pressure sensor with the solder-filled microchannel antenna” IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), 2012

Primary Clinical Office

Eye Institute at Harborview

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

Additional Offices

Vision Science
Shen Lab

South Lake Union

Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Shen Lab, E 230
750 Republican St.
Seattle, WA 98109-8058

Main Reception Tel: 206-897-1327
Lab Phone: 206-616-9697
Fax: 206-685-9315


Cornea and External Disease
Refractive Surgery


English, Chinese


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