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David Huang

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Medicine

For the invention and advancement of optical coherence tomography, a breakthrough imaging technology used to detect, understand, and treat life- and sight-threatening diseases for millions of people around the world.

Dr. David Huang is the Director of Research of Casey Eye Institute, the Wold Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmic Imaging, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Huang leads the Center for Ophthalmic Optics and Lasers (, which comprises 6 faculty members engaged in both technology development and clinical research. He is a practicing ophthalmologist specializing in cornea and refractive surgery. Dr. Huang is known for his innovations in applying laser and optical technology to eye diseases. He is a co-inventor of optical coherence tomography (OCT), a commonly used ophthalmic imaging technology with 30 million procedures performed annually worldwide. His seminal article on OCT, published in Science in 1991, has been cited more than 17,000 times.

Dr. Huang contributed to many advancements in OCT technology and clinical application, including polarization-sensitive OCT, anterior eye OCT, macular OCT for glaucoma evaluation, Doppler OCT for retinal blood flow measurement, and OCT angiography in eye diseases. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles with over 56,000 citations and holds 38 US patents. Dr. Huang has received the Champalimaud Vision Award, the Friedenwald Award from the Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology, and the Russ Prize from the National Academy of Engineering. He is a cofounder of Gobiquity, maker of the GoCheck Kids smartphone app that has screened more than 5 million preschool children for amblyopia risk factors.

Dr. Huang earned BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, and MD-PhD degrees from the joint Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. He received ophthalmology residency training at the Doheny Eye Institute/University of Southern California and cornea fellowship training at Emory University.