MEET DR. 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 Bloomington, MN patients transform their vision and lives through education, advanced treatments, and high-quality, personalized care. At Chu Vision Institute, excellence in patient care is the driving force.
Education and Training
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.
Research and Leadership
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 90 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.
Dr. Chu is proud to be a member of the following organizations:
- American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Board of Medical Specialties
- American College of Eye Surgeons
- Association of Clinical Research Professionals
- American Medical Association
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
- American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
- American Society of Progressive Enterprising Surgeons
- Chinese American Ophthalmological Society
- Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Society
- Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
- European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
- Hennepin Medical Society
- International Society of Refractive Surgery
- Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
- Minneapolis Ophthalmic Surgery Society
- Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society
- Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
- Partners for Sight
- Ramsey Medical Society
- Research to Prevent Blindness
- Refractive Surgery Alliance
- Society of Excellence in Eyecare
- Italian Refractive Surgery Society International Advisory Board
- St. Paul Ophthalmology Society
- Wisconsin State Medical Society
Dr. Chu serves on the boards of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, Society of Excellence in Eyecare, and Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.
Dr. Chu resides in Edina, MN with his wife and daughter. 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.
"This staff is absolutely amazing!!! They talk to you as a human and take the time to explain what they are going to do. They spend time answering questions and concerns. Dr. Chu and his team…I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. They genuinely care, and you can hear it in their voices. I was nervous, and as an adult male that can be….belittling…but they were amazing! They actually pumped up my confidence. I will never go anywhere else for my eyes. I plan on scheduling all my appointments with them. Give them a chance, they will not disappoint. I heard it in the waiting room, everyone was happy and appreciative. Thank you all for making my life better!"
"Dr. Chu did a wonderful job with my SMILE procedure, taking my -5.75 and -6 prescriptions to 20/20. My results are amazing, yes... but I think that being as nervous as I was, the thing that really made this experience phenomenal was the care that Dr. Chu, Dr. Heckman, and the whole team provided. I appreciate that they took the time to talk to me about all of my concerns before I scheduled my procedure - have really dialed in the actual day of your appointment so it's smooth and efficient and you always know what's going on and what to expect - and that they have continued to provide that level of care at every follow up appointment. I have always received such a warm welcome every time I have visited, and am grateful that they always find time to address any questions or concerns. PS - a special thank you to every technician I've been fortunate enough to meet at my appointments, you all provided such lovely, friendly conversation!"
"Can't speak highly enough about the results and experience I had with Dr. Chu and his team. After a Lasik procedure I have 20/20 vision. I was obviously a little concerned about having someone mess around with my eyeball with a laser... but the whole team at Chu Vision made me feel comfortable with the procedure and recovery and ensured I felt supported at every step. The procedure was a breeze - Dr. Chu has a great bedside manner and made me feel comfortable I was in good hands. Recovery was straightforward and it's now a full month that I've had great vision and not had to worry about corrective lenses. If you're considering refractive surgery with Chu, do it. My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner."
"I’m absolutely astounded at how instantly my vision was improved! I’ve gone from needing glasses for everything to having 20/20 vision again! I’m rather hesitant when it comes to needing anything medical. And now I want to tell everyone how incredible Dr Chu and his team are. From the folks helping to check you in to the kind and caring support on each and every visit, this has been my best experience EVER! Thank you to Nic, Asha and the research team, to all the Drs and the surgical team and to Dr Chu for believing in making a difference For ALL your eye needs, big or small, there is only one place you want to be. Chu Vision institute. Best decision I have made."
"Where to even begin. I had been eagerly anticipating laser vision correction for at least 5 years but life continued to get in the way. I finally was in a position to move forward and found Dr. Chu and his practice upon moving to MN. I honestly do not have the words to express how thoroughly satisfied I am and continue to be with the entire experience. From the initial evaluation to the expert guidance, seamless follow up appointments, excellent communication, wonderful and friendly staff, truly knowledgeable physicians and providers who take the time to answer your questions, I could not be more pleased. I had initially wanted to have SMILE performed but, through the counsel of Drs. Heckman and Chu, underwent ASA with phenomenal results (and the vision continues to sharpen daily which is such an amazing thing to experience). Dr. Chu was able to take my vision from 20/500 (mostly from extremely severe astigmatism with coincident myopia) to 20/20. Most importantly, I was seeing 20/30 in my right eye the day following surgery and 20/20 by the 3-day follow up. At the risk of making this review too lengthy, I have to pay my respect not only to Dr. Chu's practice but to all the individuals who work there. From Dr. Hassan to Dr. Hampton, surgical intake nurses and all the techs, they legitimately made me feel like family. More than that, the work performed at this facility is second to none. I have already referred several colleagues for vision correction at Chu Vision. To top it off, Dr. Chu is honestly a stand up guy with some pretty amazing extracurriculars :) To anyone I may have missed, THANK YOU! Genuinely changing lives for the better. TL;DR - If you care about your eyes and want high-quality, complete care, look no further than Chu Vision. You will not be disappointed."
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