Dr. Michael M. Lai, MD, PhD

Retina & Vitreous Surgeon

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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 was awarded both his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. His post-doctoral training 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.

Dr. Lai is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and he is licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He is affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center, Friendship Surgery Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Silver Spring Ophthalmology, Suburban Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center. He is a member of five local and national medical associations and organizations, and is currently the Washington DC chapter president of the North America Taiwanese Medical Association. Dr. Lai takes care of both adult and pediatric retinal patients, and is fluent in Chinese.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lai also actively participates in research and education. He is currently the co-director of the combined Retina Group of Washington/Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center vitreoretinal surgery fellowship program. Dr. Lai is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as an instructor at National Children’s Medical Center. He is a principal investigator for several national clinical trials. Dr. Lai has published numerous research articles and book chapters, and regularly presents his research at

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Dr. Lai is very professional and very caring. He gave a great suggestion and explanation.all of the crews are very efficient with great team work.

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Very smart. Go to the point. Know exactly what needs to be done and how. Explain problem clearly and in details. No waisting time.

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He is extremely professional and personable. He anticipated and answered all my questions. I highly recommend him.

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He is very nice, very professional.

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