Michael M. Lai, MD, PhD

Michael M. Lai, MD, PhD

Retina Group of Washington
5454 Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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(301) 656-8100 office
(301) 652-2957 fax


Professional Affiliations

Academic Appointments
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Hospital Appointments
  • Washington Hospital Center
  • Georgetown University Hospital

Education and Training

Retinal fellowship
William Beaumont Hospital, Associated Retinal Consultants, Royal Oak, MI, USA
Ophthalmology residency
Wilmer Eye Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
Medical school
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA


Dr. Michael Lai is a physician with the Retina Group of Washington (RGW), the largest retina practice in the United States and an affiliate of Prism Vision Group (PVG). He currently serves as the chair of the RGW Board and heads the finance committee for the PVG Physician Leadership Council.

Dr. Lai received his BA in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley. He continued his education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned both his MD and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. His post-doctoral training 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.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lai is active in both research and education. He served as the Director of Clinical Research at RGW and Co-Director of the combined Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship program at Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center/RGW. He is currently the Co-Chair of American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) Fellowship Directors Training and Education Committee.