Paul Yang M.D., Ph.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Assistant professor

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (154 Ratings, 10 Comments)


  • Ophthalmology

Special focus on

  • Retinal Dystrophies Congenital/Genetic Disease


  • B.S.E., University of Washington, Seattle Washington 1998
  • B.S., University of Washington, Seattle Washington 1998
  • Ph.D., Dartmouth, Lebanon New Hampshire 2004
  • M.D., Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover New Hampshire 2006
  • Residency:

    • Ophthalmology residency – John Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010
  • Fellowship:

    • Ophthalmic genetics and visual electrophysiology – Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR, 2013
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Ophthalmology, 2013


Dr. Paul Yang was born in Taiwan and raised in Bellevue, Washington. He received his undergraduate degrees in bioengineering and biochemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, during which he was awarded multiple summer research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well as the Mary Gates Endowment for Students. He received doctorates in medicine and neurophysiology at Dartmouth Medical School, which was funded by an individual M.D./Ph.D. pre-doctoral national research service award from the National Institutes of Health. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Utah, and residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City.

It was during his time at the Moran Eye Center where he first developed an interest in inflammatory eye diseases and degenerative retinal disorders under the guidance of Drs. Albert Vitale, Paul Bernstein, and Donnell Creel. Thereafter, he pursued a fellowship in ocular immunology and uveitis with Dr. Stephen Foster at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as a fellowship in ophthalmic genetics and inherited retinal degenerations with Richard Weleber, M.D., and Mark Pennesi, M.D., Ph.D., at Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.

During his training at the Casey Eye Institute, he was funded by The Foundation Fighting Blindness under the Alan Laties Career Development Program, where he conducted laboratory studies to evaluate the effectiveness of immunomodulatory therapy in reducing secondary collateral damage in retinitis pigmentosa.

Dr. Yang is currently an assistant professor in ophthalmic genetics and ocular immunology at the Casey Eye Institute, and is a member of the Oregon Retinal Degeneration Center. He also has special interest in cataract surgery, especially pertaining to those patients with inherited retinal degeneration or uveitis. The focus of his research is to better understand the significance of immune-mediated damage secondary to the underlying genetic mutations found in inherited retinal degenerations. With the support of a career development award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness and a K08 from the National Eye Institute, he is currently conducting translational research in an effort to bring new medical treatments to the clinic for patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

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  • English
  • Taiwanese

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (154 Ratings, 10 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.8
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.8
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.7
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.7
  • Used words you could understand 4.8
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.7
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.8

Patient Comments

  • Nov 30, 2017

    I appreciate Dr. Yang agreeing to see me on this date so I didn't have to reschedule my plane reservation. He is knowledgable, interested, and skilled at his profession and instills confidence.

  • Sep 15, 2017

    I'm not sure what else at the time he could have done much better.

  • Apr 28, 2017

    I would recommend him if he had different office staff but they were so horrible (every single office staff person I mean every single one) I just can't recommend anyone to go through that office. the ERG girl and research guy were awesome but I could tell at least 5 different stories of them treating me poorly.

  • Mar 24, 2017

    It was nice Dr. Yang was comfortable with talking to me as to an associate. I have some background in microbiology and genetics and do not like watered-down explanations. He recognized my level of understanding and spoke on that level.

  • Mar 17, 2017

    Excellent care from everyone.

  • Mar 03, 2017

    I really like Dr Yang, and so glad I was referred to him for my critical eye care

  • Nov 18, 2016

    Yang was excellent. No pressure. Very articulate. Had time for a couple minutes small-talk. Loved it.

  • Jul 22, 2016

    Dr. Yang is an extraordinary physician.

  • Jul 22, 2016

    I'm glad the importance is placed on patient care and not rushing through patients to squeeze the maximum amount in an allotted time.

  • Jun 17, 2016

    Dr Yang spent the least amount time with me than any of the other care providers, but I also realize that he is extremely busy. All of my questions and concerns were answered and dealt with.

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