Headshot photo of David Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
  • Wold Family Chair in Ophthalmic Imaging
  • Associate Director & Director of Research, Casey Eye Institute, School of Medicine


Dr. David Huang is the Associate Director and Director of Research of Casey Eye Institute, the Wold Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmic Imaging, Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  

Dr. Huang is known for his innovations in applying laser and optical technology to eye diseases. He is a co-inventor of optical coherence tomography (OCT), which is a commonly used ophthalmic imaging technology at 40 million procedures per year. His seminal article on optical coherence tomography, published in Science in 1991, has been cited more than 18,000 times. Dr. Huang has 42 U.S. patents in the areas of OCT, OCT angiography, mobile health testing, tissue engineering, and laser surgery. He has been the principal investigator of 6 National Institutes of Health research grants in the over two decades, published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles with over 60,000 citations, and has edited 12 books. Since the invention of OCT, Dr. Huang has contributed to the development of polarization-sensitive OCT, swept-source OCT, anterior eye OCT, Doppler OCT, and OCT angiography technologies, and continues to pioneer new applications for these technologies in anterior eye diseases, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. 

Dr. Huang leads the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (www.COOLLab.net). He is a founder of GoCheck, the maker of the GoCheck Kids smartphone app that has screened over 5 million children for amblyopia risk factors. He is the founding president of the International Ocular Circulation Society ( www.OcularCirculation.org ).

Education and training

    • B.S., 1985, Massachusetts Institute of Technolgoy
    • M.S., 1989, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • M.D., 1993, Harvard Medical School
    • Ph.D., 1993, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Residency

    • Ophthalmology, University of Southern California
  • Fellowship

    • Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery, Emory University
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Ophthalmology

Memberships and associations:

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • President, International Ocular Circulation Society 2019-2020
  • Fellow, American Academy of Inventors
  • Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Ophthalmological Society
  • Senior Member, Optical Society of America

Areas of interest

  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Optical coherence tomographic angiography
  • Biomedical optics
  • Biophotonics
  • Imaging
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratoconus
  • Laser Vision Correction/LASIK/PRK

Honors and awards

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering
  • Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize
  • Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness Visionary Award
  • Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award
  • Jonas Friedenwald Award
  • Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology


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