Dr. Fred Chien attended college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he graduated in 1999 with departmental and Phi Beta Kappa honors in biophysics. He attended Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York for both medical school and internship training. Dr. Chien completed his residency training at Stanford and his medical retina fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.

In 2008, Dr. Chien joined Kaiser Permanente in California as a medical retina specialist and cataract surgeon where he has performed over 5000 cataract surgeries in the last 10 years. His publication and work with plaquenil retinopathy during this time lead to an improved plaquenil screening program for the organization and helped save the sight of numerous patients who were previously undetected.

He specializes in the non-surgical treatment of diabetic retina disease, wet and dry macular degeneration, vein occlusions, and other retina disorders. He also specializes in micro-incisional cataract surgery and premium lens implants such as multifocal lenses and astigmatism correcting lenses.

Dr. Chien is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is published in journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Archives of Ophthalmology, Retina, and JAMA Ophthalmology. Dr. Chien has also presented scientific posters at numerous ophthalmology society meetings.