Chi-Chao Chan, M.D. has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2008 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board. Dr. Chan is an American board certified ophthalmologist; a Scientist Emerita of the National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA; and a Visiting Professor and honorary Director of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center Research Institute, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China. She studied at Zhongshan Medical College (1961-1967). Dr. Chan received her bachelor (B.A., 1972) and medical doctorate (M.D., 1975) from Johns Hopkins University, completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford University Medical Center (1976-1979) and two post-doctoral fellowships: ophthalmic pathology at the Wilmer Eye Institute (1979-1982) and uveitis at NEI (1982-1987). She then served as the Head of Immunopathology Section in the Laboratory of Immunology and the Chief of Histopathology Core at NEI. Dr. Chan has published more than 660 papers in SCI journals, 56 book chapters, and two books. She is on the editorial board of 22 journals. Her work has uncovered various aspects of uveitis (molecular, clinical pathology and immunopathology), primary vitreoretinal lymphoma (diagnosis) and age-related macular degeneration (molecular pathology and mouse model).
Dr. Chan has received many honors and awards, including AAO Senior Achievement Award, ARVO Gold Fellow, NIH Director Award, IUSG Gold Medal, Outstanding Achievement Award in Ophthalmology and Vision Research for Oversea Chinese from COS, and Special Recognition from the CAST President. Dr. Chan retired in 2015. NEI hosted a Festschrift for her.