Michael M. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael M. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.


Associated Retinal Consultants, William Beaumont Hospital


Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital
"The hands-on involvement we have in conducting cutting-edge research is what I find most fulfilling. Testing new treatments and medications with the potential to truly advance the science—and help so many people—is a remarkable thing."

Dr. Lai began his academic training at the University of California at Berkeley where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in Molecular and Cell Biology. He continued his education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he earned both his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. His post-doctoral work included a Department of Medicine internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a residency in Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship with Associated Retinal Consultants in Michigan.

Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Dr. Lai is affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center, Friendship Surgery Center, Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He is a member of numerous local and national medical associations and organizations, and is the current president of the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society. A past president of the Washington DC chapter of the North American Taiwanese Medical Association, Dr. Lai, who is fluent in Chinese, treats both adult and pediatric retinal patients.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lai is an active participant in both education and research. He is currently the co-director of the combined Retina Group of Washington-Georgetown Hospital-Washington Hospital Center Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship program. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine as well as an instructor at National Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Lai is a principal investigator for several national clinical research trials. He has published over 60 articles, abstracts and book chapters, regularly presents his research at local, national and international meetings, and is the editor of Retina Update. He has earned such honors as Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, and has received a myriad of medical awards including the Paul Ehrlich Research Award, Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship Award and the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award.

In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Lai has received numerous honors within the medical community. He was elected into the Retina Society, listed among America’s “Best Doctors” and selected by his colleagues as a “Super Doctors Rising Star,” having attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional accomplishment.

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Chevy Chase, MD, Rockville, MD,

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