Teresa C. Chen, M.D.



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Dr. Teresa Chen is an ophthalmologist with specialty training in glaucoma, seeing both adult and pediatric glaucoma patients. A member of the Glaucoma Service, she is one of the international leaders in 3D imaging research of the eye.

Dr. Chen graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-Albany Medical College's Six-Year Accelerated Medical Program first in her class, and subsequently completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. She then pursued subspecialty training in glaucoma through a fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Dr. Chen focuses her research on 3D imaging of the eye using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and swept source imaging. Along with collaborators at Massachusetts General Hospital, her research group was the first to image the human eye in vivo with video-rate SD-OCT, a widely used imaging modality for the care of glaucoma patients. With SD-OCT, ultra-high resolution 3D video imaging of the optic nerve and the retina is possible. Dr. Chen and her collaborators are also leaders in swept source imaging and did some of the earliest research in this area. Dr. Chen has been both first and last author on major papers published in the top three ophthalmology journals, Archives of Ophthalmology (now JAMA Ophthalmology), American Journal of Ophthalmology, and Ophthalmology. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and reviews, and case reports.

Actively engaged in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows, Dr. Chen has been the course director for the Glaucoma Conferences at Mass. Eye and Ear for more than a decade. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Harvard Medical School’s Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award. She was also the first course director for the biennial Chandler Grant Glaucoma symposium, which is an international Harvard Medical School glaucoma conference held at Mass. Eye and Ear. 

Dr. Chen has served as past Vice President, as well as past President, of the Chandler Grant Glaucoma Society, the Mass. Eye and Ear glaucoma alumni society. She also served as Mass. Eye and Ear’s first Chief Quality Officer for Ophthalmology from 2008 to 2018. Additionally, she is the editor of Glaucoma Surgery - the top-selling subspecialty book published by Elsevier the year it was published, which has since been translated into several foreign languages.

Clinical Interests

Adult and pediatric glaucoma

Research Interests

3D ophthalmic imaging (e.g. optical coherence tomography, swept source imaging, etc.) and adult and pediatric glaucoma


For a full publication list, please see her CV.

  1. Chen TC, Radhakrishnan S, Takusagawa H, Hoguet A, Junk AK, Nouri-Mahdavi K, Chen PP. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography: helping the clinician diagnose glaucoma. A report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. In press.
  2. Chen TC, Chen PP, Francis BA, Junk AK, Smith SD, Singh K, Lin SC. Pediatric glaucoma surgery: a report by the American Academy Of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 2014 Nov;121(11):2107-2115.
  3. Lim H, Mujat M, Kerbage C, Lee ECW, Chen Y, Chen TC, de Boer JF. High-speed imaging of human retina in vivo with swept-source optical coherence tomography. Opt Express. 2006 Dec 25;14(26):12902-12908. 
  4. Chen TC, Cense B, Pierce MC, Nassif N, Park BH, Yun SH, White BR, Bouma BE, Tearney GJ, de Boer JF. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography: ultra-high speed, ultra-high resolution ophthalmic imaging. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;123(12):1715-1720.
  5. White BR, Pierce MC, Nassif N, Cense B, Park BH, Chen TC, de Boer JF. In vivo dynamic human retinal blood flow imaging using ultra-high-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography. Opt Express. 2003 Dec 15;11(25):3490-3497.

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  • Six-Year Accelerated Biomedical Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S. in Biology
  • Albany Medical College, M.D.


  • Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary


  • Glaucoma, Mass. Eye and Ear