Dr. Patrick Chan is a board-certified, Ivy-League educated ophthalmologist specializing in diagnosis and surgical treatment of anterior segment eye diseases including laser refractive surgery.  He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in computer science at Duke University, where he was part of a team that developed an interactive web-based registration and tracking system for Duke Blue Devil college basketball fans during K-ville camping season long before social networking became mainstream.  He also developed a modern web management system to link legacy software used at NASA for tabulation of chemical coefficients for fuels.

He subsequently obtained a medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City.  He was one of three residents selected per year for ophthalmology residency at the world-renowned Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University where Steve Trokel pioneered the technology for laser vision correction.  He also completed a specialized fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic under the direction of Ron Krueger, Steve Wilson, BJ Dupps, and Jeff Goshe to specialize in refractive surgery (laser vision correction, LASIK, PRK), corneal transplantation (DMEK, DSAEK, PK, DALK), complex cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, and management of corneal diseases.

Dr. Chan was the first surgeon in New Mexico to implant the Alcon PanOptix trifocal lens implant, and is currently the only Ivy League-trained ophthalmologist in New Mexico dedicating his practice solely on cornea and lens-based vision correction.


  • M.D. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • B.A. Duke University, magna cum laude, Computer Science


  • Fellowship in refractive surgery and corneal transplantation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland, OH
  • Residency in Ophthalmology, Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY. Chairmen: Stanley Chang and Jack Cioffi.
  • Harvard University Intensive Cataract Surgery Training Course
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Advanced Cataract Course


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology board-certified
  • Alcon FS200 femtosecond laser and Wavelight Eye-Q / EX500 Excimer laser
  • Trabectome Micro-incisional glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Kahook Dual Blade Certification (MIGS)
  • iStent Inject (MIGS)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, reviewer

Selected Publications:

  • Chan P, Thyparampil PJ, Chiang MF. Accuracy and Speed of Electronic Health Record vs. Paper-based Ophthalmic Documentation Strategies. Am J Ophth. 2013 Jul;156(1):165-172.e2.
  • Winn BJ, Chan P, Krueger RA, Sires BS. Subperiosteal orbital hematoma after balloon sinus dilation. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013; Mar 3. Epub.
  • Chan P, Graue GF, Pizzarello DB, Kim A, Kazim M. Evaluation of drill-induced heat transmission in an orbital model. Orbit 2013;32(1):27-29.
  • Krueger RR, Chan P. Introduction to commercially approved customized ablation: tenth year in review. J Refract Surg 2012;28(11):S813-4.
  • Chan P, Iranmanesh R, Cunningham ET. Morning Rounds: Ocular Sarcoidosis. EyeNet Magazine April 2011. 46-7.

Selected Invited Presentations:

  • ASCRS 2013  – San Francisco, CA

    Histogram analysis of opaque bubble layers formation during femtosecond laser-assisted flap creation in laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. Voted Best Paper of Session.

  • APAO 2012 – Pusan, South Korea
    Frequency and Significance of Vitreoretinal Interface Remodeling after Repair of Idiopathic Macular Holes.

  • ASOPRS 2011 – Como, Italy

    ”Drill-induced temperature elevations in an orbital model”

  • NANOS 2011 – Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Case presentation of Kyrieles’ periarteritis masquerading as multiple emboli