Dr. Chee was raised in Redmond, WA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and completed her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She performed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, after which she was selected to join the faculty as the Chief Resident and Director of the Ocular Trauma Service. Following her chief year, Dr. Chee continued her training at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where she completed her vitreoretinal fellowship. She lives in Seattle, Washington and enjoys traveling, Vinyasa yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Undergraduate Education:        AB, Molecular Biology, Princeton University, 2004

MedicalSchool:                       MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2009

Post Graduate Education:

Internship:                               Internal Medicine, Crozer Chester Medical Center, 2010

Residency:                               Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School - Mass Eye and Ear, 2013

Fellowship:                              Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship, Harvard Medical School - Mass Eye and Ear, 2016

Board Certification:                  American Board of Ophthalmology, 2015


Memberships:                          American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

                                                Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS)

                                                Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)


Sub Specialty Societies:          American Society of Retina Specialists

Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chee specializes in medical and surgical vitreoretinal disease including diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, macular edema, epiretinal membrane, macular hole, retinal detachment, and ocular trauma.

Research Focus

Dr. Chee’s research interests include posterior segment manifestations of ocular trauma and the optimization of resident and fellow ophthalmic training.

Awards & Honors

2015                 Chief Retina Fellow at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

2015                 Best Fellow Surgical Video/CONNECT Network Grant at Vit-Buckle Society Meeting

2013                 Chief Resident and Director of Eye Trauma Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

2011                 Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Leadership Grant for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Mid-Year Forum/Congressional Advocacy Day

2008                 Jeffrey W. Berger Medical Student Research in Ophthalmology Award for the top medical student ophthalmology research at the University of Pennsylvania


Ma, G., Duan, Y., Huang, X., Qian, C., Chee, Y.E., Mukai, S., Cui, J.,  Samad, A., Matsubara, J., Kazlauskas, A., D’Amore, P.A., Yan, G. Lei, H. (2016) Prevention of proliferative vitreoretinopathy by suppression of phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinases. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci., 57(8):3935-43.


Chee, Y.E., Kanoff, J.M., and Eliott, D. (2016) Remarkable visual recovery after severe open globe injury. AJO Case Reports, 3:34.


Chee,Y.E.,Newman,L.R.,Loewenstein,J.I.andKloek,C.E.(2015) Improving Teaching Skills of Residents in a Surgical Training Program: Results of the Pilot Year of a Curricular Initiative in an Ophthalmology Residency Program.  JournalofSurgicalEducation., 72(5):890-897.


Simon,S.S.,Chee,Y.E.,Haddadin,R.I.,etal.(2014) Achieving Target Refraction after Cataract Surgery.

Ophthalmology, 121(2):440-4.


Papakostas,T.D.,Yonekawa,Y.,Wu,D.,Miller,J.B.,Veldman,P.B.,Chee,Y.E.,Husain,D.,Eliott,D.(2014) Retinal Detachment Associated with Traumatic Chorioretinal Rupture.  OSLIRetina,45(5):451-5.


Chee,Y.E.,Patel,M.,andVavvas,D.G.(2013Fall) Retinal detachment in open globe injury.  International Ophthalmology clinics,53(4):79-92.


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



Medical and Surgical Retina