Chimene Richa, MD

Dr. Richa is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and medical writer for Ro. She also continues to see patients in the University of Maryland Medical System.

Dr. Richa has been practicing Ophthalmology, specializing Oculoplastic Surgery for over 10 years. She found that one of the most fulfilling aspects of medicine was the opportunity to educate other about their health. To that end, she became the Assistant Residency Program Director and the Director of Medical Student Education for the department of Ophthalmology. She also enjoyed teaching EMTs, nurses, and patients about various eye conditions.

Dr. Richa remains a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. Medical writing allows her to use her passion and talent for education to help patients everywhere better understand their medical issues.

In her free time, Dr. Richa enjoys trying new recipes, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children. Her favorite pastime is curling up with a good book.



  • Board-certified in Ophthalmology (American Board of Ophthalmology)

Professional accomplishments

  • Assistant Residency Program Director, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Maryland

  • Director of Medical Student Education, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Maryland

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Maryland (current)

Published articles

  • Book review: Richa, C. (2010). The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide. Optometry – Journal of the American Optometric Association, 81(9), 423-424. doi:10.1016/j.optm.2010.06.005. Retrieved from

  • Dunaief, J. L., Richa, C., Franks, E. P., et al. (2005). Macular degeneration in a patient with aceruloplasminemia, a disease associated with retinal iron overload. Ophthalmology, 112(6), 1062–1065. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2004.12.029. Retrieved from

  • Pillar, A. J., & Richa, D. C. (2014). Treatment options for thyroid eye disease. Current Treatment Options in Neurology, 16(8), 303. doi:10.1007/s11940-014-0303-8. Retrieved from

  • Wong, R. W., Richa, D. C., Hahn, P., et al. (2007). Iron toxicity as a potential factor in AMD. Retina (Philadelphia, Pa.), 27(8), 997–1003. doi:10.1097/IAE.0b013e318074c290. Retrieved from


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