Paul Yang M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Assistant professor

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (168 Ratings, 39 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

4.7 out of 5 (168 Ratings, 39 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • Dec 03, 2018

    I'm very happy with Dr. Yang. He tells me everything that's going on the ins and outs and, and he takes time with me. I don't feel that he's rushing and yes, I'm very happy with him.

  • Dec 03, 2018

    It was very informative and very good detail. The only problem I have is how long we had to wait in the office before the exam. It was very long waiting for him to come in. One doctor came in and did a thing and then we had to wait again for Dr. Yang to come in and it we had to sit in there for quite a while and that did not make me happy. Other than that everything else was just wonderful. Like I said the information you gave me was very important and everything I needed to go and more.

  • Dec 03, 2018

    Dr. Yang is a very professional and caring physician. He covers everything and answers all my questions, and gives me the time I need and the instructions I need to follow my treatment. And I can't be, I've been very lucky to have him as a caregiver, and I am grateful and thankful that that he has provided me with a the most amazing service in healthcare that I could imagine. So that's that's how I feel about it.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    The doctors we saw were nice and helpful. I do not completely understand the changes from previous diagnoses and no follow-up was scheduled with the doctor, although we were referred to the low vision specialist. A scheduled appointment with the genetic counselor was cancelled and not rescheduled. I do not understand why. I do not know how to ask follow-up questions besides waiting for appointment with low vision specialist.

  • Nov 11, 2018

    I appreciated Dr. Yang seeing me. She had a cancellation and the nurse and his staff quickly put me into that cancellation so I could see the doctor immediately. I really appreciate seeing him. I don't know if he understood what I meant by seeing things out of the corner of my eye, but it was good to know that ... to get a correct status on my case, and I certainly appreciate OHSU for doing so. Thank you.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    Dr. Yang is very professional while also being personable. I trust his expertise.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    Dr. Paul Yang and staff were very good, very knowledgeable, explained to me how the disease has progressed, what's upcoming for potential treatments down the road there and maybe a test program to be entered in possibly too, but very thorough and answered all of our questions.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Dr. Yang is very smart, very detailed, and very good at following through on phone calls and taking our case very seriously. We appreciate him very much.

  • Oct 27, 2018

    My brother and myself are very, very pleased with the help we get from Dr. Yang, and the information. We are very likely to recommend him to anybody that needs a specialist and we enjoy seeing him and Dr. Oliver, we started out with him of course. Anyway, we're very happy with the care we're given. Press any key.

  • Oct 14, 2018

    Dr. Yang is professional, approachable, explains well, answers questions thoroughly, very patient.

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