Dr. Michael Lai, MD

Dr. Michael Lai, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 46
Dr. Michael Lai, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Baltimore, MD and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine in 1998 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story


Baltimore, MD 21287

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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Purulent Endophthalmitis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
very high
more than 99% of peers
Progressive High Myopia
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Lai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lai "The hands-on involvement we have in conducting cutting-edge research is what I find most fulfilling. Testing new treatments and medications with the potential to truly advance the science—and help so many people—is a remarkable thing." 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 earned both his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. His post-doctoral work 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. Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Dr. Lai is affiliated with Children's National Medical Center, Friendship Surgery Center, Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He is a member of numerous local and national medical associations and organizations, and is the current president of the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society. A past president of the Washington DC chapter of the North American Taiwanese Medical Association, Dr. Lai, who is fluent in Chinese, treats both adult and pediatric retinal patients. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lai is an active participant in both education and research. He is currently the co-director of the combined Retina Group of Washington-Georgetown Hospital-Washington Hospital Center Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship program. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine as well as an instructor at National Children's Medical Center. Dr. Lai is a principal investigator for several national clinical research trials. He has published over 60 articles, abstracts and book chapters, regularly presents his research at local, national and international meetings, and is the editor of Retina Update. He has earned such honors as Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, and has received a myriad of medical awards including the Paul Ehrlich Research Award, Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship Award and the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Lai has received numerous honors within the medical community. He was elected into the Retina Society, listed among America's "Best Doctors" and selected by his colleagues as a "Super Doctors Rising Star," having attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional accomplishment.
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

60  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Panophthalmitis
  • Pars Planitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Magnetic
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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10  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of California
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • Wilmer Eye Inst-Johns Hopkins
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Associated Retinal Consultants at Beaumont Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lai to family and friends
2 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (2)

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Dr. Lai's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

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  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

Not only is Dr. Lai an outstanding physician, he is a very kind human being and probably the best doctor I've seen in any specialty. He puts you completely at ease and you immediately have the confidence that he has your best interests in mind.
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