Michael Chen, MD
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology

Medical School:
  • MD, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine (2008)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of California–San Diego (CA) (2002)
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital Program (2009)
  • University of California (San Francisco) Program, Ophthalmology (2012)
  • University of California (Davis) Health System Program, Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery (2013)
Languages: English
Department: Ophthalmology

Professional Titles

  • Ophthalmology Division Chief, Denver Health Medical Center

Recognition & Awards

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2023)
  • Ali Aminlari Teacher of the Year Award, Penn State Department of Ophthalmology (2019)
  • Scholarship in Education Award, Penn State College of Medicine (2018)
  • Heed Fellow, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (2012)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, UCLA Delta Chapter (2007)


  • Visiting Associate Professor (2021)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology
  • Associate Professor (2023)
    School of Medicine, Ophthalmology


  • Chiam M, Kunselman AR, Chen MC. Characteristics Associated With New Patient Appointment No-Shows at an Academic Ophthalmology Department in the United States. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 Feb 21;229:210-219. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33626367
  • Chiam M, Camacci ML, Lehman EB, Chen MC, Vora GK, Pantanelli SM. Sex Differences in Academic Rank, Scholarly Productivity, National Institutes of Health Funding, and Industry Ties Among Academic Cornea Specialists in the United States. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 Feb;222:285-291. PubMed PMID: 32941858
  • Nirmal A, Kuzmik A, Sznajder K, Lengerich E, Fredrick NB, Chen M, Hwang W, Patil R, Shaikh B. 'If not for this support, I would have left the treatment!': Qualitative study exploring the role of social support on medication adherence among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in Western India. Glob Public Health. 2021 Aug 29;:1-13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 34459366
  • Chen MC, Melnychuk V. Corneal bee sting: improvement in the acute stage in the absence of treatment. Pan Afr Med J. 2020;37:54. PubMed PMID: 33209181
  • Ikpoh BI, Kunselman A, Stetter C, Chen M. Lost to follow-up: reasons and characteristics of patients undergoing corneal transplantation at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, East Africa. Pan Afr Med J. 2020;36:95. PubMed PMID: 32774654
  • Camacci ML, Cayton TE, Chen MC. International experiences during United States ophthalmology residency training: Current structure of international experiences and perspectives of faculty mentors at United States training institutions. PLoS One. 2019;14(11):e0225627. PubMed PMID: 31770403
  • Talbott M, Cevallos V, Chen MC, Chin SA, Lalitha P, Seitzman GD, Lietman TM, Keenan JD. Synergy Testing of Antiamoebic Agents for Acanthamoeba: Antagonistic Effect of Voriconazole. Cornea. 2019 Oct;38(10):1309-1313. PubMed PMID: 31306283
  • Sznajder KK, Chen MC, Naughton D. How Should Mission Trips Be Administered?. AMA J Ethics. 2019 Sep 1;21(9):E722-728. PubMed PMID: 31550218
  • Pantanelli SM, Papachristou G, Callahan C, Chen M, Khalifa Y. Wet Lab-Based Cataract Surgery Training Curriculum for the PGY 2/PGY 3 Ophthalmology Resident. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Dec 7;14:10782. PubMed PMID: 30800982
  • Chin SA, Morberg DP, Alemayehu W, Melese M, Lakew T, Chen MC, Zhou Z, Doan T, Cevallos V, Lietman TM, Keenan JD. Diversity of Chlamydia trachomatis in Trachoma-Hyperendemic Communities Treated With Azithromycin. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Sep 1;187(9):1840-1845. PubMed PMID: 29617922
  • Camacci ML, Quillen DA, Montijo M, Chen MC. Applicants’ interest in international ophthalmology during residency training: Influence in selecting U.S. residency programs. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2018;10:e48-e54.
  • Chen MC, Kunselman AR, Stetter CM, Hannush SB, Roberts BW. Corneal transplantation at Tenwek Hospital, Kenya, East Africa: Analysis of outcomes and associated patient socioeconomic characteristics. PLoS One. 2017;12(10):e0187026. PubMed PMID: 29077728
  • Chen MC, Cortés DE, Harocopos G, Mannis MJ. Epithelial downgrowth after penetrating keratoplasty: imaging by high-resolution optical coherence tomography and in vivo confocal microscopy. Cornea. 2013 Nov;32(11):1505-8. PubMed PMID: 23928949
  • Seider MI, Chen MC, Stewart JM. "Lines across my vision". Posterior ophthalmomyiasis interna. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Aug;131(8):1086-7. PubMed PMID: 23929516
  • Menda SA, Chen M, Naseri A. Technique for shortening a long clear corneal incision. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec;130(12):1589-90. PubMed PMID: 23229702
  • Mascarenhas J, Srinivasan M, Chen M, Rajaraman R, Ravindran M, Lalitha P, Oldenburg CE, Ray KJ, Glidden DV, Costanza S, Lietman TM, Acharya NR. Differentiation of etiologic agents of bacterial keratitis from presentation characteristics. Int Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec;32(6):531-8. PubMed PMID: 22752605
  • Keenan JD, Moncada J, Gebre T, Ayele B, Chen MC, Yu SN, Emerson PM, Stoller NE, McCulloch CE, Gaynor BD, Schachter J. Chlamydial infection during trachoma monitoring: are the most difficult-to-reach children more likely to be infected?. Trop Med Int Health. 2012 Mar;17(3):392-6. PubMed PMID: 22122734
  • Aldave AJ, Rosenwasser GO, Yellore VS, Papp JC, Sobel EM, Pham MN, Chen MC, Dandekar S, Sripracha R, Rayner SA, Sassani JW, Gorin MB. Linkage of posterior amorphous corneal dystrophy to chromosome 12q21.33 and exclusion of coding region mutations in KERA, LUM, DCN, and EPYC. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Aug;51(8):4006-12. PubMed PMID: 20357198
  • Aldave AJ, Yellore VS, Vo RC, Kamal KM, Rayner SA, Plaisier CL, Chen MC, Damani MR, Pham MN, Gorin MB, Sobel E, Papp J. Exclusion of positional candidate gene coding region mutations in the common posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy 1 candidate gene interval. Cornea. 2009 Aug;28(7):801-7. PubMed PMID: 19574904
  • Moshirfar M, Chen MC, Espandar L, Meyer JJ, Christensen D, Christiansen SM, Dave SB, Bedke B, Kurz C. Effect of iris registration on outcomes of LASIK for myopia with the VISX CustomVue platform. J Refract Surg. 2009 Jun;25(6):493-502. PubMed PMID: 19603617
  • Kamal KM, Rayner SA, Chen MC, Aldave AJ. Classic lattice corneal dystrophy associated with monoclonal gammopathy after exclusion of a TGFBI mutation. Cornea. 2009 Jan;28(1):97-8. PubMed PMID: 19092416
  • Chen MC, Lee N, Bourla N, Hamilton DR. Corneal biomechanical measurements before and after laser in situ keratomileusis. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008 Nov;34(11):1886-91. PubMed PMID: 19006734
  • Tabin G, Chen M, Espandar L. Cataract surgery for the developing world. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2008 Jan;19(1):55-9. PubMed PMID: 18090899
  • Yellore VS, Sonmez B, Chen MC, Rayner SA, Thonar EJ, Aldave AJ. An unusual presentation of macular corneal dystrophy associated with uniparental isodisomy and a novel Leu173Pro mutation. Ophthalmic Genet. 2007 Sep;28(3):169-74. PubMed PMID: 17896316
  • Yellore VS, Khan MA, Bourla N, Rayner SA, Chen MC, Sonmez B, Momi RS, Sampat KM, Gorin MB, Aldave AJ. Identification of mutations in UBIAD1 following exclusion of coding mutations in the chromosome 1p36 locus for Schnyder crystalline corneal dystrophy. Mol Vis. 2007 Sep 24;13:1777-82. PubMed PMID: 17960116
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Practice Locations

Denver Health
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204

Hospital Affiliation
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

  • Ophthalmology, Board Certification (2014)
  • Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery, Specialized Training (2013)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Eyes and Vision - Cataract
  • Eyes and Vision
  • Eyes and Vision - Cornea/External Disease
  • Eyes and Vision - Corneal Transplantation
  • Eyes and Vision - Dry Eyes
  • Eyes and Vision - Comprehensive Ophthalmology

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine (2008)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of California–San Diego (CA) (2002)
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital Program (2009)
Residency Programs:
  • University of California (San Francisco) Program, Ophthalmology (2012)
  • University of California (Davis) Health System Program, Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery (2013)
Languages: English
Department: Ophthalmology
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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