Dr. Chong was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelors in Science in Biology from USC, where he was the Valedictorian of his class. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1981. After a medicine internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1982, Dr. Chong did an ophthalmology residency at the Doheny Eye Institute of USC, where his chairman was Dr. Stephen Ryan. After completing his residency in 1985, Dr.Chong went to Duke University where he trained in vitreo-retinal surgery with Drs Robert Machemer, Brooks McCuen and Eugene DeJuan finishing in 1986. He returned to Doheny/USC to be the Chief Resident in 1986. He joined the faculty at USC in 1989 and remained until 2009. During this time he rose to the rank of Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the retina service where he trained over 30 fellows in vitreous surgery of which a third remain in academic positions around the world.
During his tenure at Doheny/USC, Dr.Chong’s research interests included the treatment of opportunistic eye infections in AIDS, the clinical application of intraocular drug delivery systems, micro-pulse diode laser systems, clinical applications of 25 gauge vitrectomy systems, and quantitative analysis of mechanisms of vitreous cutting . He has been privileged to receive research fellows from all over the world, especially Brazil where there is an annual meeting held in his honor, called ‘Chong’s Brazilian Friends’.
Dr. Chong is a member of the Club Jules Gonin, the Retina Society and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is the editor of the Surgical Video Section of the electronic edition of Stephen Ryan’s textbook (Retina.) Dr. Chong is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Archives of Ophthalmology. He has authored over 65 peer reviewed publications, 11 book chapters, and 2 books.
Currently Dr. Chong is in private practice at the VMR Institute in Huntington Beach, California, USA. He remains affiliated with USC as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. CHong is on staff at Hoag Presbyterian Medical Center, Anaheim Regional Hospital, Los Alamitos Medical Center, Newport Bay Surgical Center, and Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. His current research interest is the role of combination anti-VEGF /photodynamic therapy for rescue therapy of wet age related macular degeneration.
Dr. Chong would like to acknowledge the two individuals who have made the most impact on his career, Robert Machemer, MD and Stephen J Ryan, MD.