Tueng T. Shen, MD, PhD

Associate Dean: Medical Technology Innovation (UW Medicine/College of Engineering); Professor of Ophthalmology: Graham and Brenda Siddall Endowed Chair; Adjunct Professor: Bioengineering & Global Health; Division Director, Cornea and External Disease



1989     BA        Chemistry, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
1994     PhD      Medical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1997     MD       Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Postgraduate Training:

1994-1995:       NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

1997-1998:       Internship in Internal Medicine, Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

1998-2001:       Residency in Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

2001-2002:       Fellowship in Cornea, Refractive, and External Disease, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) 


Dr. Shen is a physician and an engineer at the University of Washington. She is an expert in medical and surgical management of corneal disorders, cataract surgeries, and refractive surgeries.  Dr. Shen received her Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She builds bridges between engineers and physicians to facilitate the translation of innovative engineering technology into creative clinical solutions to treat global blindness, particularly by leveraging technological advancements in polymer sciences, microelectronics and modern imaging techniques. 

Dr. Shen established the first artificial cornea program in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington, turning it into one of the world’s premier centers for implanting artificial corneas.  The establishment of the artificial cornea program fulfilled the unmet clinical needs of many patients of the entire WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho), providing care and improving the quality of lives of many of our patients with severe corneal blindness since 2004. The artificial cornea program also serves as critical educational training in the ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington. Her long-term collaborations with the College of Engineering have also provided a valuable interdisciplinary training environment for the next generation of physicians and engineers to jointly reshape the future of health care. Professor Shen is the inaugural Associate Dean of Medical Technology Innovation, a joint position between UW Medicine and the College of Engineering. Shen seeks strong partnerships with our local research and business communities to catalyze innovations to improve health equity, significantly leveraging UW Medicine’s extensive WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) network. Shen is a fellow of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is also the inaugural holder of the Graham and Brenda Siddall Endowed Chair and elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Shen expresses herself artistically through Chinese calligraphy, Chinese watercolor, photography and sculpture. She frequently donates her artwork to local communities and organizations in order to raise funds for vision care.

Primary office

Eye Institute at Harborview

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

Patient Care Philosophy

 “I strongly believe that patients deserve a physician who listens, keeps them well-informed and is a partner in accomplishing the best treatment plan customized to their needs.”

Awards and honors

2021 Elected Member, Washington State Academy of Sciences

2021 Innovation Award, Puget Sound Business Journal.

2016 Elected Fellow of The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

2013 UW Medicine “PRAISE” award for best patient care

2010 Allergan Horizon Cornea Research Award

2009 Research to Prevent Blindness Ernest and Elizabeth Alhouse Special Scholar Award

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

2006 Martin L. King Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service; University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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

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.


Vision Science Shen Lab

Location: 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


Garty S, Shirakawa R, Warsen A, Anderson EM, Noble ML, Bryers JD, Ratner BD, and Shen TT*. “Sustained Antibiotic Release from an Intraocular Lens–Hydrogel Assembly for Cataract Surgery”; Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011;52: 6109–6116

Shih, YC, Shen, TT, and Otis BP, “A 2.3 W Wireless Intraocular Pressure/Temperature Monitor.  IEEE Journal of solid state circuits (JSCC), 2011 Nov. 46,(11) 2592-2601

US Patent: 8,446,341 Amirparviz; B, Shen, TT, Lingley; A: “Contact lens with integrated light-emitting component” May 21, 2013

J. Pitre, M.A. Kirby, L. Gao, S. Song, D. Li, T. T. Shen, R. K. Wang, M. O’Donnell, I. Pelivanov, Super-shear evanescent waves for non-contact elastography of soft media”. Applied Physics Letters 115, 083701 (2019), doi: 10.1063/1.5111952. PMID: 32127722; PMCID: PMC7043857.

J. J. Pitre Jr., M. A. Kirby, D. S. Li, T. T. Shen, R. K. Wang, M. O'Donnell, I. Pelivanov. “Nearly-incompressible transverse isotropy (NITI) of cornea elasticity: model and experiments with acoustic micro-tapping OCE”. Scientific Reports 10(1), Article number: 12983 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-69909-9. PMID: 32737363; PMCID: PMC7395720.

M. A. Kirby, J. J. Pitre, Jr., H.-C. Liou, D. S. Li, R. K. Wang, I. Pelivanov, M. O’Donnell, T. T. Shen, “Delineating corneal elastic anisotropy in a porcine model using noncontact OCT elastography and ex vivo mechanical tests”. Ophthalmology Science 1(4), (2021). doi.org/10.1016/j.xops.2021.100058.

Jacobs DS, Lee JK, Shen TT, Afshari NA, Bishop RJ, Keenan JD, Vitale S; American Academy of Ophthalmology Preferred Practice Pattern Refractive Management/Intervention Panel. Refractive Surgery Preferred Practice Pattern®. Ophthalmology. 2022 Dec 19:S0161-6420(22)00868-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2022.10.032. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36543604. 73.

US Patent: US 11,413,007 B2; Non-Contact Acoustic Radiation force based (ARF-Based) generation of broad bandwidth mechanical waves using air-coupled ultrasound. Ambrozinki L, Yoon, SJ; O'Donnell, M; Song, SZ ; Shen, TT; Pelivanov, I; LI, D; Wang, RK; Gao, L. August 16th, 2022


Regnault G, Kirby MA, Kuriakose M, Shen T, Wang RK, O'Donnell M, Pelivanov I. Spatial resolution in optical coherence elastography of bounded media. Biomed Opt Express. 2022 Aug 22;13(9):4851-4869. doi: 10.1364/BOE.469019. PMID: 36187272; PMCID: PMC9484430

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


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