Huang Lab

David Huang, MD, PhD
David Huang, MD, PhD

Dr. Huang and his research group, the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers, joined Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University in September 2010. Dr. Huang is the Weeks Professor of Ophthalmic Research.

Dr. Huang earned his MD degree from Harvard Medical School and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his ophthalmology residency at USC and cornea fellowship at Emory University.

Dr. Huang is a co-inventor of optical coherence tomography. He was the first author of the seminal article on optical coherence tomography published in Science in 1991, which has been cited more than 3,300 times.

Dr. Huang was previously the Manger Chair in Corneal Laser Surgery, associate professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, and he was the Director of the Doheny Laser Vision Center.

David Huang, MD, PhD Receives the Champalimaud Vision Award

David Huang, MD, PhD was recognized with the Champalimaud Vision Award for his central role in co-inventing Optical Coherence Tomography. Dr. Huang was the 1st author on the 1991 Science paper describing this technique, an article which has been cited over 5,000 times. This award was presented to Dr. Huang and his co-authors on September 14, 2012 at a ceremony attended by the President of Portugal and the President of Brazil. The co-authors will share the 1.3 million dollar award.

Since its invention, Optical Coherence Tomography has become the most commonly used diagnostic technique in Ophthalmology. It is an extremely versatile technique that is employed in diagnosing and planning treatment of diseases affecting the Cornea, the Retina and Optic Nerve. Its use is essential in managing patients with the most common causes of vision loss and blindness: glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes. In his laboratory at Casey Eye Institute Dr. Huang is currently pioneering new applications of this remarkable technology. These new applications permit the noninvasive visualization of the fine vessels within the eye, and measurement of blood flow in these vessels. This will potentially permit recognition of blinding eye disease prior to the onset of permanent vision loss, and at a time when it is more amenable to treatment.

History and Future of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

David Huang, MD, PhD of OHSU Casey Eye Institute, discusses the history and future of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) from an inventor's perspective.

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Education & Training


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS (Electrical Engineering)

Graduate School 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS (Electrical Engineering), PhD (Medical Engineering & Medical Physics)

Medical School

Harvard Medical School, MD


Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Transitional-Year Internship


University of Southern California, Doheny Eye Institute


Emory University, Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery




David Huang, MD, PhD comes to OHSU Casey Eye Institute from the University of Southern California, where he was the Director of the Doheny Laser Vision Center, Charles C. Manger III, MD Chair of Corneal Laser Surgery, and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Biomedical Engineering. He performs LASIK and PRK with the CustomVue technology for the correction of nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia. For patients who cannot have laser vision correction, he also performs Intacs intracorneal implants, Verisyse phakic intraocular lens implants, astigmatic keratotomy (AK), and natural lens replacement procedures.  He is also widely consulted for complications of LASIK, corneal transplantation and other corneal surgeries.

Dr. Huang earned his MD degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed ophthalmology residency training at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, and fellowship training in Corneal Diseases and Refractive Surgery at Emory University.  He also earned a PhD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the field of Medical Engineering and Medical Physics.  As part of the PhD research, Dr. Huang co-invented optical coherence tomography (OCT), a high-resolution cross-sectional imaging technology that is now indispensable in the diagnosis of eye diseases.  His PhD research also included development of femtosecond lasers, which are now widely used in corneal and refractive surgery.  He is one of a very few doctors with deep understanding of laser surgery from both a clinical and engineering perspective.

Dr. Huang is well known for his research and teaching in refractive surgery, laser and imaging technologies.  He leads the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers ( The National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded him four research grants totaling over eight million dollars.  He has produced over 70 scientific articles and book chapters, 8 patented inventions and 2 books. He has taught 19 instruction courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and delivered 99 conference presentations and 44 invited lectures.

For his contributions to ophthalmology, Dr. Huang has been recognized with the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.   For his excellence in clinical care, Dr. Huang has been voted by his peers as one of the Top Doctors in America.  As the Weeks Professor of Ophthalmic Research, Dr. Huang will continue his research in improving the safety of corneal laser surgery and developing new laser surgery options for patients with corneal diseases.




  • Over 10 years experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK
  • Over 10 years experience in refractive surgery (laser vision, lens implants and RK)
  • Performed over 2,000 LASIK and laser vision procedures
  • Co-investigator for 2 FDA studies for laser manufacturers (Summit, Alcon)


Premiere Patient Care

  • Use of Intralase system for "All-Laser" or "Bladeless" LASIK
  • Use of Wavefront-Based ("Custom") LASIK and PRK
  • Offering complete refractive surgery care, including LASIK, PRK, RLE/CLE, phakic implants, limbal relaxing incisions, and cataract lens implant procedures
  • Managing complications of surgery for new patients who had problems from a LASIK or other vision correction procedure performed by another doctor 


Professional Credentials

Certified by American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Certified since 1999

Current Faculty Appointments

  • Weeks Professor of Ophthalmic Research, OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Past Faculty Appointments

  • Charles C. Manger III, MD, Chair in Corneal Laser Surgery, University of Southern California, 2007
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2004-present
  • Medical Director, Doheny Laser Vision Center, 2004-present
  • Attending Physician, Cornea Service, Doheny Eye Institute, 2004-present
  • Associate Staff, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University


  • 56 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles
  • 2 books
  • 13 book chapters

Lectures on research topics at major eye meetings

  • 44 invited lectures
  • 99 conference presentations
  • 19 instruction courses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meetings.

Affiliation with American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • Achievement award, 2004
  • Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee, Refractive Surgery Panel 2001-2008
  • Fellow since 1999

Affiliation with American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

  • Editorial Board of Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery 2002-present

Affiliation with International Society for Imaging in the Eye

  • Founding governing board member, 2002-present
  • Editorial Board of Ophthalmic Surgery Laser and Imaging, 2002-present

Affiliation with Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

  • Cornea Section of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Member 2004-2006, Co-Chair 2006-2007

National Institutes of Health

  • Principal investigator of 4 research grants and co-investigator on 1 grant
  • Served on 4 scientific review panels


Additional Career Highlights



For a complete overview of Dr. Huang's current research and related topics please visit the COOL Lab's site. In addition, detailed information on Dr. Huang's work on Advanced Imaging for Glaucoma can be found on the AIG Study site.