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 (212 Ratings, 59 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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  • Taiwanese

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (212 Ratings, 59 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • Aug 05, 2019

    Dr. Yang is extremely knowledgeable and professional and cares so much for his patience and it shows through in his examination. He treats the whole patient the physical side as well as the mental and emotional side.

  • Jul 04, 2019

    I have always had a wonderful experience at OHSU.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    I feel Dr. Yang is very efficient and thorough. I have extremely high regards for all of his colleagues and they do a wonderful job answering all my questions. Giving me all the time I need and they are very good at making me understand the issues I'm dealing with I'm very very lucky to have him and his care and I'd like to thank you and and everybody there for your good service.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    The staff at Casey were all wonderful to us during our visit. They continue to give great explanations and make us comfortable during a difficult time.

  • Jun 03, 2019

    A great listener and very good at telling us our options

  • Jun 03, 2019

    Shows great concern for [Name] condition and is very good at communicating the findings with us

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Dr. Yang has been very truthful with me and my condition and I appreciate that. He's not covering up anything. I know what to expect in the future months with my disease. So yes, I think he is very truthful and forthcoming.

  • May 31, 2019

    Dr. Yang explained procedures in language we understood. He spent time with us and answered any and all questions throughly. We appreciated his sense of humor even tho we were feeling sad from the new he had to tell us.

  • May 23, 2019

    I am a research patient, and not a general patient, so my experience may differ from others, but so far my experience with OHSU has been exemplary.

  • May 21, 2019

    I was there as part of a research. The doctor made a brief exam related to that study. I really had no other contact with him.

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