Vi S. Hau, MD, PhD

Vi S. Hau, MD, PhD

(909) 345-0428 (Office)

Kaiser Permanente Riverside
10800 Magnolia Ave
Department of Ophthalmology

Riverside, CA 92505 , US map

Education and training

Retinal fellowship
Texas Retina Associates, Dallas, TX
Ophthalmology residency
University of Utah - Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah Hospital and Clinics, Salt Lake City, UT
Medical School
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


Vi Hau, MD, PhD practices as a medical and surgical vitreoretinal specialist with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Riverside, CA and is the Area Vice-Chair of Clinical Research and Evaluation. Dr. Hau is also the Primary Investigator of several clinical trials.

Dr. Hau completed vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at Texas Retina Associates, one of the largest and well-known retina practices in the country. During medical school at the University of Arizona, Dr. Hau won various leadership and research awards including the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, Achievement Award for College Scientists Foundation Fellowship, and the John F. Myers II Medical Student Research Award. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with honors, and received the Robert L. Nugent Award as one of the top graduates of the entire university and was named the top graduate in the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Hau completed residency training at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, where numerous research accolades including being selected to present research at the Association of University of Professors of Ophthalmology meeting and earning several travel grants to present at national and international ophthalmology conferences. Dr. Hau was named Resident Speaker of the Year twice by the faculty and co-founded an ophthalmology clinic for the homeless.

Dr. Hau also holds two doctorate degrees, including a PhD in Pharmacology/Toxicology. The PhD research investigated effects of inflammatory conditions on drug delivery, which is an essential component of today's latest pharmacologic treatments for diseases of the retina. Dr. Hau has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed research publications and over 20 abstracts in such illustrious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on drug delivery and the genetics of retina diseases such as advanced macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Hau is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has held various leadership positions in the past including the national president of a medical student organization and served on several boards of directors of healthcare and minority non-profits. Dr. Hau co-founded the ASRS Fellows-in-Training Section, served on the ASRS Board as the Co-Chair of the Early Career Section and now is a part of the planning committee for the ASRS Business of Retina Meeting.

Dr. Hau is fluent in Vietnamese, enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family. As a running guide for the blind, Dr. Hau has helped the visually impaired complete nearly a dozen marathons (and counting). A devotion to caring for the visually impaired as a clinician, surgeon, researcher and as a friend/volunteer is inherent in Dr. Hau's personal interests.

Hospital appointments

  • Kaiser Permanente - Riverside
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