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Dr. Ralph Chu, M.D.

Chu Vision Institute

9117 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN, 55420

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    About Dr. Ralph Chu

    Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist and a nationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract procedures. His specialty areas include cataract, refractive, cornea, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. Dr. Chu is a leader in the field of ophthalmology who has played an active role in guiding new advances in surgery and technology. As founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center, he helps patients transform their vision and lives through education, advanced treatments, and high-quality, personalized care.

    Dr. Chu earned his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his internship at Evanston Hospital, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center. He furthered his medical training with a one-year fellowship in Minneapolis where he specialized in cornea and external disease, refractive, glaucoma, cataract, and lens implant surgery.

    Dr. Chu is a sought-after speaker who has traveled the globe lecturing other physicians on minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. He is a leading authority on modern innovations in cataract, refractive, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries.

    Dr. Chu has participated in more than 100 FDA-monitored clinical trials that have led to new innovations in the vision industry. He has also designed new surgical instruments that are in use today. Dr. Chu has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals and has also been featured in EyeWorld magazine and Review of Ophthalmology.

    Additionally, he is proud to be a leader in the Minnesota area for several procedures and techniques. Dr. Chu was the first practitioner in Minnesota to provide SMILE vision correction, a cutting-edge refractive laser surgery, and he was also the first in the state to offer laser-assisted cataract surgery using the VICTUS Femtosecond Laser. He is also proud to be the first surgeon in the Minneapolis/Twin Cities area to provide an innovative solution for reading vision correction with corneal inlays.

    Dr. Chu is committed to transforming the lives of individuals in underserved communities through his nonprofit organization, Chu Vision Foundation. He and his team travel to disadvantaged communities both globally and locally to provide education, vision correction surgery, resources, and technology. It brings him great joy to provide access to care to restore each individual’s vision, eye health, and overall well-being.

    In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, music, and the arts. He is a member of the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra and Walker Art Center.


    Medical School
    Medical School Date Completed
    Northwestern University Medical School 1992
    Residency Date Completed
    Duke University Eye Center 1996
    Fellowship Date Completed
    Phillips Eye Institute 1997
    Professional Affiliations
    Professional Affiliations
    Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
    Refractive Surgeons Alliance
    American Board of Medical Specialties
    American College of Eye Surgeons
    Association of Clinical Research Professionals
    American Medical Association
    American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
    American Society of Progressive Enterprising Surgeons
    Chinese American Ophthalmologic Society
    Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Society
    Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
    European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    Hennepin Medical Society
    International Society of Refractive Surgery
    Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmologists
    Minneapolis Ophthalmologic Society
    Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society
    Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
    Partners for Sight
    Ramsey Medical Society
    Research to Prevent Blindness
    Society of Excellence in Eyecare
    Societa Italiana di Chirurgia Refrattiva (Italian Refractive Surgery Society) International Advisory Board
    St. Paul Ophthalmology Society
    Wisconsin State Medical Society

    Languages Spoken

    • English

    Contact Details

    Primary Office Address
    9117 Lyndale Ave S
    Bloomington, MN, 55420