Mr Chien Wong is a consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal (VR) surgeon in London, at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), Royal Free and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has a special interest in complex paediatric VR surgery and retinovascular diseases, in addition to his adult VR work.
Following ophthalmology residency at Moorfields Eye Hospital, he undertook VR and medical retina clinical fellowships also at Moorfields, and a further 3 years of paediatric VR and retinovascular clinical and research fellowships at Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, USA. He has been awarded over 15 prizes over his career and was recently inducted into the Retina Society.
In 2014, he transformed the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) retinal detachment in the UK, by introducing a novel endoscopic vitrectomy approach. Subsequently, GOSH became the de facto UK national surgical centre for ROP-RD, in collaboration with Oxford University, with Mr Wong as the Head.
In 2017, he was named in the annual Power List, a global top 50 list of rising stars in ophthalmology.
His clinical and research interests include vitreoretinal surgery in adults and children, paediatric retinovascular diseases, genomic medicine and surgical approaches for gene therapy, surgical innovation and vitreoretinal surgical devices development. Dr Wong was the UK Chief Investigator and Moorfields Eye Hospital Principal Investigator for the RAINBOW randomised controlled trial. He is a co-investigator on several phase I/II gene therapy clinical trials. He has over 40 publications, has written numerous book chapters, and has run over 20 surgical courses including being the course director at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting of “Paediatric Vitreoretinal Disorders: Current & Future Management”.
He has worked closely with the Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP) since 2014, a not-for-profit California-based NGO supporting and developing eye care in Armenia since 1992. With over 10 trips to the country, he has trained the VR surgical team from the inception of the National Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness in Yerevan, Armenia, co-funded by AECP and the United States Agency for International Development.