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Xi Chen

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery
2351 Erwin Road AERI3000, Durham, NC 27705


Dr. Xi Chen is dedicated to being a clinician-scientist who provides great medical and surgical care to patients with vitreoretinal diseases, with a research focus in retinal neurovascular development and disease. Her current research interest is studying human retinal and vascular development and their coordination using advanced imaging techniques.
Dr. Chen's basic science training in neural development gives her a unique perspective in her research in human retinal neurovascular development and disease. She hopes to eventually bring the information gathered from the bedside back to the laboratory in order to develop strategies to improve care of premature infants, and pediatric and adult patients with retinal vascular diseases. 

She is very excited to work closely with Dr. Cynthia Toth and Dr. Joseph Izatt, who have pioneered the world in the development of bedside OCT technology and its adaptation for pediatric use. The many gifted clinician-scientists at Duke Eye Center as mentors and role models will also be key to Dr. Chen's research development.
Dr. Chen arrived at Duke for fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery after spending eight years in Boston. She says that she loved her mentors, the staff and the patients at Duke and found the environment to be warm, caring, fun and collaborative. She is grateful to work alongside colleagues and staff who work hard and go out of their way to provide the best possible care to patients.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology · 2023 - Present Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery, Ophthalmology

Education, Training & Certifications

Harvard Medical School · 2011 M.D.
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine · 2007 Ph.D.
Peking University (China) · 2001 B.S.