Theodore Leng, MD, FACS

Theodore Leng, MD, FACS

Retina specialist, Ophthalmologic surgeon, Cataract specialist, Ophthalmologist

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*** Dr. Leng sees patients with retinal conditions at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 650-723-6995 and ask to speak with Maree del Castillo or Sonia Orellana. You can also visit this website: http://bit.ly/LengRefer ***


Dr. Leng is considered to be one of the top 150 worldwide leading innovators in the field of medical and surgical retina and serves the Department of Ophthalmology as both the Director of Clinical and Translational Research and the Director of Ophthalmic Diagnostics.

He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon. Dr. Leng specifically focuses on surgery for macular holes, epiretinal membranes and macular pucker, and performs several of these types of surgery on a weekly basis. Dr. Leng uses the latest techniques and small-incisional sutureless technology to minimize patient discomfort and maximize functional outcomes.

Dr. Leng's medical retina specialties include the diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema and retinal vein occlusions. Dr. Leng is committed to bringing the highest level of patient-centered care for all types of retinal conditions.


BIOGRAPHY

Theodore Leng, MD, MS, FACS received his AB in Philosophy and BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, graduating with Departmental Honors. He received his Masters of Science in Biological Sciences from Stanford University while conducting research at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA on cellular ion membrane channels. Dr. Leng received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine, during which he completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship.

Dr. Leng completed his ophthalmology residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the highest ranked eye hospital and residency training program in the country. He was awarded the Heed Fellowship, the most prestigious national award for ophthalmologists entering a career in academic medicine. Dr. Leng returned to Stanford University to complete a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery and was awarded the Paul Kayser International Travel Scholarship to work in Santiago, Chile. He has been a full-time faculty member of the Stanford University Department of Ophthalmology since 2010 and has been named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Leng has a vibrant clinical and basic science research program and has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. He is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings. Dr. Leng serves as the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers & Imaging Retina.

Dr. Leng is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Vit-Buckle Society, as well as the American Society of Retina Specialists. He volunteers his time in medical student free clinics and also flies patients as a Command Pilot for the Angel Flight West organization. Dr. Leng serves as President of the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association and supports its mission of reaching, inspiring, serving and engaging over 26,000 Stanford Medicine alumni.
4.7 out of 5
576 Patient Ratings
61 Patient Comments

Vitreoretinal and Macular Diseases

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology (2010)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (2010) CA
  • Residency: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (2009) FL
  • Internship: Huntington Memorial Hospital (2006) CA
  • Medical Education: Stanford School of Medicine (2005) CA
  • MS, Stanford University, Biological Sciences (2000)
  • AB/BS, Stanford University, Philosophy & Biological Sciences (1999)

Honors & Awards

  • AMA Travel Award, American Medical Association (2001)
  • America's Top Ophthalmologists, Consumer's Research Council of America (2012 - 2014)
  • ARVO Travel Award, National Eye Institute (2003)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford Department of Biological Sciences (2000)
  • Baxter Foundation Scholar, Stanford Medical Scholars Program (2001)
  • Certificate of Recognition for a Technical Innovation, NASA (2015)
  • Certificate of Recognition for a US Patent, NASA (2003)
  • Certificate of Recognition for Technical Innovation, NASA (2003)
  • Firestone Medal for Excellence in Research, Stanford University (1999)
  • Heed Fellowship, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (2010)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2003)
  • Kolos Scholar, Stanford Medical Scholars Program (2001)
  • Medical Scientist Research Fellowship, Stanford Medical Scholars Program (2003)
  • Mentoring Program in Ophthalmology Scholarship, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower (2009)
  • OSN Retina 150, Healio (2016)
  • Paul Kayser International Travel Scholar, Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (2009)
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly (2017)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Ophthalmic Diagnostics (2010 - Present)
  • Director, Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Ophthalmology (2015 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Ophthalmic Reading Center (STARC) (2016 - Present)
  • IT Physician Advocate, Stanford Healthcare (2015 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford EPIC Provider SuperUser Network (SUN) (2016 - Present)
  • Ophthalmology Department Liaison, Stanford Healthcare Main Operating Rooms (2013 - Present)

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4.8

Friendliness

4.8

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.4

Wait times

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

I have recommended several friends to the Eye Institute and they have received great care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

I felt the doc was rushed. In an hour-long clinic visit I must have been in the same room with him for less than 5 minutes.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

It appeared the Dr. Leng was in a rush this time. He did not spend much time at all with me. I did manage to get my questions answered but I felt like he was answering them as I went out the door.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

1st visit was good; 2nd visit was very abrupt.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Leng Makes every effort to make a very nasty procedure bearable!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

good

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Knowledgeable of giving explanation of his diagnose to my eyes.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

It's amazing to me how good my eyesight is after the repair of the detached retina I had in my left eye and the retinal tear in my right. Thank you again, Dr. Leng and everyone else at the Byer's Eye Institute!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Lang is outstanding! Dr. Lang is outstanding.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Leng as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Keeps me informed of what they are doing, why and results.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

The level of care and concern I received is the principal reason that I make an 8 hour round trip to Palo Alto when I have any significant medical issues. I have come under the care of Dr. Carrigee, Dr. Huddleston, Dr. Damrose and now Dr. Leng. My experiences have all been positive. I have referred many friends to Stanford for medical care. In my opinion Stanford Medical Care is the "gold standard".

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4.7 out of 5
576 Patient Ratings
61 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

I have recommended several friends to the Eye Institute and they have received great care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

I felt the doc was rushed. In an hour-long clinic visit I must have been in the same room with him for less than 5 minutes.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

It appeared the Dr. Leng was in a rush this time. He did not spend much time at all with me. I did manage to get my questions answered but I felt like he was answering them as I went out the door.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

1st visit was good; 2nd visit was very abrupt.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Leng Makes every effort to make a very nasty procedure bearable!

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

good

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Knowledgeable of giving explanation of his diagnose to my eyes.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

It's amazing to me how good my eyesight is after the repair of the detached retina I had in my left eye and the retinal tear in my right. Thank you again, Dr. Leng and everyone else at the Byer's Eye Institute!

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Lang is outstanding! Dr. Lang is outstanding.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Leng as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Keeps me informed of what they are doing, why and results.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

The level of care and concern I received is the principal reason that I make an 8 hour round trip to Palo Alto when I have any significant medical issues. I have come under the care of Dr. Carrigee, Dr. Huddleston, Dr. Damrose and now Dr. Leng. My experiences have all been positive. I have referred many friends to Stanford for medical care. In my opinion Stanford Medical Care is the "gold standard".

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Very good

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

showed a wonderful blend of friendliness with professionalism. Felt like I was being treated by the best

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

great

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Leng is an excellent doctor and I'm glad to be his patient.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Leng answered all of my (many) questions. He was thoughtful, careful, and inspired confidence in his knowledge and judgment.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Very Good

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Leng is one of your most "outstanding" physicians. Always explains all the issues and potentials. Truly demonstrates care of each patient.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Went through a decision process resulting in decision for surgery in the near future. Outstanding interaction with Dr. Leng.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

very professional people

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

time spent for hands on examining is very short and brief. Could it be that dr has relied more on information provided by either patient and/or technology, i.e. imaging ?

SHC Patient, May 2016

good

SHC Patient, May 2016

My husband and I have been grateful for the supportive, professional and very responsive care we have received. We believe ourselves to be truly blessed to be under the care of such an outstanding physician!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Leng provided verbal explanation, helpful to me, a blind person.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I was much impressed by the efficiency, courtesy, and medical competency the care providers.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Without Dr. Leng's intervention, I would have lost my sight.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Leng and his staff have been exceptionally professional and helpful

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

The service is good & courteous.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Great experience.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I thought the time spent with Dr. Leng was a bit short. Maybe it was the change in how things are done. The Assistant put me through the initial tests with the optical machines and I expect they are getting more and more reliable. Dr. Leng's exam was brief. The one thing he didn't talk about, which did't occur to me until after, was that I had mentioned I thought I had more floaters since the last exam. He didn't address this issue at all.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Leng is one of Stanford's outstanding physicians, Competent, compassionate and caring. I have sent several new patients to his care.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I first met Dr. Leng at Palo Alto Medical Foundation 2 yrs ago - when he returned to Stanford full time I followed him -

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Always ask if I need help in any way. They are professional and thoughtful.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I feel 100% happy with Dr. Leng

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Leng is a very caring doctor. He re-assured me that my macular hole is closed and stable.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I felt very well taken care of; appreciated concern and follow-through

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr Leng is very thorough and competent. I feel well-cared for.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I had excellent professional medical atendance

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I feel very confident in the Byer Eye Clinc and Dr. Theodore Leng. Looking forward to the appt next year.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

VERY EFFICIENT

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr Leng very patiently answered all the questions and took pains to ensure that I understood the treatment and the options available to me.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

My experience with this doctor has been the best since I joined Stanford Healthcare six months ago.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Ted and his group are wonderful. I always feel that I'm in good hands when I'm at the clinic

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Long has always been very thoughtful & considerate and explained the problem very well to me.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr.Leng is vary caring and has a good bed side manor

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I wish you had another category above "very good" for Dr. Leng.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr Leng has been very helpful and kind all through the surgery and the subsequent years of follow-up care. Always clear answers.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Leng is relaxed and friendly while demonstrating competence and instilling confidence.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Leng and all the staff are wonderful in their approach and thorough in their medical care. Outstanding!!!

SHC Patient, May 2015

Very good

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Leng is great, he always remembers me (which surprisingly few of my doctors seem to) and remembers my history. I feel very confident in his skill and trusting him with the care of my eyes.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Leng was very thorough in his explanations about my procedure. He let me decide if I wanted the surgery.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

The doctor was so careful to minimize my anxiety and discomfort. The person who cleaned my eye after the injection was so gentle!!

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I wish doctor could spend more time with patients.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I have recommended a friend, and she too likes Dr. Leng.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

I'm grateful to be in Dr. Leng's care and be treated at Stanford Eye Clinic.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Always the best.

SHC Patient, May 2014

Could have taken more time to explain the issues more fully. Did NOT show his interest in his patient.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Very knowledgeable provider, results oriented - would highly recommend his expertise, but "not" the processes of the Stanford system he is working within.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

Dr. Leng made me feel at ease and he explained in detail what he & Dr. Monoka-Douglas were concerned with. Dr. Leng explained following up on one year because all was good.