Theodore Leng, MD, FACS

Retina specialist, Ophthalmologic surgeon

Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Bio:   *** As of November 1, 2015, Dr. Leng will only be seeing patients at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 650-723-6995 and ask to speak with either Heather Lancor or Maree del Castillo ***

Dr. Leng is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon. He 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.

His 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. Dr. Leng has been named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America since 2012.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Leng has a vibrant clinical and basic science research program and has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. He is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings.

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 highly selective Retina 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
258 Patient Ratings
12 Patient Comments

Byers Eye Institute

Professional Education

  • 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
  • Board Certification: Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology (2010)
  • MS, Stanford University, Biological Sciences (2000)
  • AB/BS, Stanford University, Philosophy & Biological Sciences (1999)

Honors & Awards

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

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Ophthalmic Diagnostics (2010 - Present)
  • Ophthalmology Department Liaison, Stanford Healthcare Main Operating Rooms (2013 - Present)
  • IT Physician Advocate, Stanford Healthcare (2015 - Present)

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4.8

Friendliness

4.7

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.2

Wait times

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.

4.7 out of 5
258 Patient Ratings
12 Patient Comments

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.