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.
"Great experience! I’ve worn contacts since high school and I haven’t been able to see the big E on the eye chart for years. I’m a professional pilot, so I was nervous about having surgery in case anything went wrong.At my first visit I was told of all the worst case scenarios. Even after that I still had enough confidence in Dr Chu after hearing so many good things about him. The entire staff was very professional and friendly. From the doctors and nurses to the very helpful financial coordinators I had a wonderful experience.I had the ASA surgery and after one month I see 20/20. I still don’t feel like it’s real. I don’t have enough nice things to say about Dr Chu and his staff."
"I recently visited the Chu clinic as my eye sight seemed to be getting worse and after being seen at Vision Works and another place which I care to forget the name, I was so pleasantly surprised. From the first step in the door to all my tests, the Dr. visit and back out the door, I was treated like a person and not a number. Thank you for your care, diagnosis, and your pleasant atmosphere. I will be coming back as they referred me to retinol specialist. I can not thank you enough. Keep up the good work you all do from the receptionist, to the xray tech., to the Dr. You make it easy to come to the Dr."
"Wow. What an experience. I brought my daughter to Chu Vision Institute because she was having trouble seeing at a distance. We saw Dr. Chu’s colleague, Dr. Thermes. She and the other professionals in the office were SO throrough and awesome. This is for sure the best place in Minnesota, if not the country. We were blown away."
"I had my first cataract surgery 2 weeks ago, my second yesterday. I went with their crystalens implants and I am thrilled, surgery yesterday and I am 20/20 a day later- first time I've been 20/20 since I was around 5 and now I'm 57- really?? Wonderful people to help you, very positive and caring from Dr.Chu on down. A bit expensive but I don't think I could've made a better choice for my eyes, don't cheat yourself!"
"Cataract took my vision away a year and a half ago, in just a few weeks my left eye, couldn’t see anything, fearing my right was heading in same tragic direction I came to Dr Chu clinic, was a fantastic experience, from initial meeting and options explained, measurements and surgery. We scheduled my eyes a few weeks apart. Dr Chu visits with each patient before and after surgery, the surgery only lasts a few minutes. Love my restored vision. Highly recommend Dr Chu clinic. Take time to read how he helps other countries!! Kudos all around. Cheers, Greg"
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