West Coast Retina Medical Group
1445 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Undergraduate: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: 2004-2008
Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL: 2008-2012
Post Doctoral Training
Internship: Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, CA: 7/2012 to 6/2013
Residency: University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago, IL: 7/2013 to 6/2016
Fellowship: California Pacific Medical Center, West Coast Retina Medical Group: 2016-2017
Licensure and Board Certification
Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology certification 2018
St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley
John Muir Hospital, Walnut Creek
Memberships, Offices and Committee Appointments
Member, American Society of Retinal Specialists, 2017-present
Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2012-present
Awards and Honors
University of Illinois – Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary (2012 – 2016)
Ophthalmology Co-Chief Resident for Academic Year 2015 – 2016
Selected by faculty committee
Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Residents Retreat Nominee- 9/2015
One of 35 residents selected for academic potential to attend annual retreat
Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness (ISPB) Research Grant- 05/2015
James A. McKechnie Excellence Award – ISPB- 05/2015
For relevance, clarity of thesis, and quality of writing of grant proposal
University of Chicago (2008 – 2012) Department of Ophthalmology Senior Medical Student Award-06/2012
For excellence in ophthalmology during medical school
Charles B. Huggins Symposium – Student Award for Clinical Research-09/2010
Department of Surgery’s annual research symposium – highest clinical research award
Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness Research Grant-05/2009
Research grant for translational research (see Wang et al citation below)
Pritzker School of Medicine Dean’s Promise Scholarship 07/2008
Full tuition merit-based scholarship for 4 years of medical school
University of Southern California (2004 – 2008)
Graduated Summa Cum Laude-05/2008
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention - Bachelor of Science degree
Dean’s List for all 8 attended semesters-05/2008
For undergraduates who maintain GPA over 3.5
University of Southern California Undergraduate Research Award -2005-2008
Research grant for to pay work-study salary, received 3 consecutive years
English: Native language
Spanish: Intermediate-Advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing
Mandarin Chinese: Intermediate listening and speaking, novice reading and writing
Avid traveller (16 countries traveled and 3 resided in last 10 years)
Self-proclaimed foodie and cook
Aficionado of theatrical productions (particularly musicals)
Proficient player of the piano and clarinet
Ang MJ, Chen JJ, McDonald HR. Paracentral acute middle maculopathy after epiretinal
membrane peel. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 2019 July [Epub ahead of print]
Denny MR, Kalevar A, Chen JJ, Johnson RN. Paracentral acute middle maculopathy
associated with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Retinal Cases and Brief
Reports. 2019 Jan [Epub ahead of print]
Chen JJ, Kalevar A, Jumper JM. Combining external needle drainage and scleral buckling
with vitrectomy for the repair of bullous retinal detachments. Retina. 2018 Sep;38
Alsberge JB, Chen JJ, Zaidi AA, Fu AD. Retinal dystrophy in a patient with McArdle
disease. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 2018 Aug [Epub ahead of print]
Slean GR, Kalevar A, Chen JJ, Johnson RN. Enlargement of sclerochoroidal calcifications:
multi-modal imaging update. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 2018 Fall;12 Suppl
Chen JJ, Kalevar A, Vora RA, Qian Y, Gorenberg PH, Garcia-Kennedy R, Cunningham
ET. Transthyretin V30M familial amyloidosis presenting as isolated retinal
angiography. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 2018 Fall;12 Suppl 1:S76-S80.
Kalevar A, Chen JJ, Fu AD. Autosomal recessive bestrophinopathy: multimodal imaging
update. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 2018 Fall;12 Suppl 1:S51-S54.
Reddy M, Chen JJ, Kalevar A, Terribilini R, Agarwal A. Immune retinopathy associated
with Nivolumab for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Retinal Cases and Brief
Reports. 2017 Nov 22 Epub.
Slean GR, Fu AD, Chen JJ, Kalevar A. Neovascularization of the iris in retinoschisis. Am J
Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2017 Jun 22;7:99-101.
Feinstein E, Chen J, Setabutr P. Recent onset of bilateral ptosis. JAMA Ophthalmol.
Chen J, Leiderman Y, Traish A. Traumatic cataract and heterochromia iridis. JAMA
Chen JJ, Sartori J, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. Review of ocular manifestations of Nevoid Basal
Cell Carcinoma Syndrome – What an ophthalmologist needs to know. Mid East Afr
J Ophthal. 2015;22:421-7.
Mohammad F, Wanek J, Zelkha R, Lim JI, Chen J, Shahidi M. A method for en
face OCT imaging of subretinal fluid in age-related macular degeneration. J
Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct; 2014: 720243.
Wang AL, Rao VR, Chen JJ, Lussier YA, Rehman J, Huang Y, Jager RD, Grassi
MA. Role of FAM18B in diabetic retinopathy. Mol Vis. 2014 Aug 4; 20:
Chen JJ, Vora RA, Arrigg P, Duker JS. Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges:
spontaneous suprachoroidal hemorrhage in a patient with no risk factors.
Retina. 2013 Jun; 33(6): 1273-8.
Aliaga L, Yassari R, Straus D, Hekman K, Luther A, Chen JJ, Sampat A, Frim DM. A
novel scoring system for assessing Chiari Malformation Type I treatment outcomes.
Neurosurgery. 2012 Mar; 70(3): 656-64.
Hekman K, Aliaga L, Straus D, Luther A, Chen JJ, Sampat A, Frim D. Positive and
negative predictors for good outcome after decompressive surgery for Chiari
Malformation Type I as scored on the Chicago Chiari Outcome Scale. Neurol Res.
2012 Sep; 34(7): 694-700.
Lin J, Wong CS, Ko S, Chan S, Chen JJ, Chen T. Successful treatment of primary
dysmenorrhea by collateral meridian acupressure therapy – a time series case report.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2010 Jan; 33(1): 70-5.
Castillo DC, Mathur M, Vander Wall K, Chen JJ, Verma R, Landolph JR. Higher uptake,
cytotoxicity, and cell transforming ability of nickel sufbsulfide compared to nickel
sulfate in C3H/10T1/2 mouse embryo cells. The Toxicologist (Supplement to
Toxicological Sciences). 403(1955); 2007.
Freund KB, Sarraf D, Mieler WF, Yannuzzi LA. The Retinal Atlas, 2nd ed. Elsevier,
2017. Contributing author to chapters 11 and 12.
Chen JJ, Fu AD. (2018) Delayed Onset Retinal Detachment in Patients Receiving Chronic
Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Intravitreal Injection Therapy. World
Ophthalmology Congress: Barcelona, Spain.
Chen JJ, McDonald HR. (2018) Waking Up Blind. Pacific Retina Club 2018: San
Chen JJ. (2018). Dry Macular Degeneration and Geographic Atrophy: Update on Recent
Advances. Retina Update 2018: Berkeley, CA.
Chen JJ, Jumper JM. (2017) Surgical Treatment of Intrascleral Foreign Body. Fellows Duke
Advanced Vitreoretinal Surgery Conference 2017: Raleigh, NC.
Chen JJ, Cunningham ET. (2017) Bilateral Retinal Vasculitis. Pacific Retina Club 2017:
Los Angeles, CA.
Chen JJ, McDonald HR. (2017). Central serous chorioretinopathy: clinical spectrum and
advances in multimodal imaging. Retina Update 2017: Berkeley, CA.
Chen JJ, Cunningham ET. (2017) Amyloidosis presenting as retinal vasculitis. American
Uveitis Society 2017 Winter Symposium: Park City, UT.
Chen JJ, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. (2015) Analysis of lacrimal gland lesions. American
Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) 2015 Annual
Fall Scientific Symposium: Las Vegas, NV.
Chen JJ, Eulo V, Huang Y, Rehman J, Hariprasad SM, Jager RD, Sheth V, Chiranand P,
Mojica G, Nicolae DL, Lussier YA, Grassi MA. (2010) Study of genetic expression
in diabetic retinopathy reveals unique molecular fingerprint. University of Chicago
Department of Surgery: Huggins Symposium; Chicago, IL.
Chen JJ, Kalevar A, Cunningham ET, Johnson RN. (2017) Multimodal imaging of pale,
indolent, slowly progressive choroidal lesions – an expanded clinical spectrum.
American Society of Retina Specialists 2017 Annual Meeting; Boston, MA.
Chen JJ, Aakalu VA, Setabutr P. (2015) Prevalence of the histopathologic etiologies of
lacrimal gland lesions. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
(ARVO) 2015 Annual Meeting; Denver, CO.
Chen JJ, Miller R, Wanek J, Zelkha R, Lim J, Shahidi M. (2014) Effect of anti-VEGF
treatment on macular RNFL thickness in AMD. Association for Research in Vision
and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2014 Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL.
Chen JJ, Eulo V, Huang Y, Rehman J, Hariprasad SM, Jager RD, Sheth V, Nicolae DL,
Lussier YA, Grassi MA. (2010) Study of genetic expression in diabetic retinopathy
reveals unique molecular fingerprint. Association for Research in Vision and
Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2010 Annual Meeting; Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Chen JJ, Sampat A, Aliaga L, Hekman K, Luther A, Straus D, Frim DM. (2010) Pediatric
and adult Chiari Syndrome: one disease or two? American Association of
Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, PA.
Chen JJ, Kauffman S, and Lopez D. (2007) The relationship between alcohol, caffeine, and
peer pressure in college students. Western Psychological Association’s 87th Annual
Convention; Vancouver, Canada.