Dr. Michael Min-Shyue Lai , MD


(301) 315-2198

The Retina Group Of Washington
600 Jefferson Plz Ste 320
Rockville, MD 20852


Dr. Lai began his academic training at the University of California at Berkeley where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in Molecular and Cell Biology. He continued his education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he earned both his M.D. and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. His post-doctoral work included a Department of Medicine internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a residency in Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship with Associated Retinal Consultants in Michigan. Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Dr. Lai is affiliated with Children’s National Medical Center, Friendship Surgery Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Silver Spring Ophthalmology, Suburban Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. He is a member of numerous local and national medical associations and organizations, and is the current secretary of the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society. A past president of the Washington DC chapter of the North American Taiwanese Medical Association, Dr. Lai, who is fluent in Chinese, treats both adult and pediatric retinal patients. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lai is an active participant in both education and research. He is currently the co-director of the combined Retina Group of Washington—Georgetown Hospital—Washington Center Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship program. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine as well as an instructor at National Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Lai is a principal investigator for several national clinical research trials. He has published over 60 articles, abstracts and book chapters, regularly presents his research at local, national and international meetings and is the editor of Retina Update. He has earned such honors as Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, and has received a myriad of medical awards including the Paul Ehrlich Research Award, Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship Award and the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award.

Gender: N/A

Years in Practice: 19 Years

Languages Spoken: Spanish and Chinese

Education & Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine

Graduation Date: in 2001

Specialties & Hospital Affiliations

Hospital Affiliations:

  • George Washington University Hospital
  • Prince George's Hospital Center
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Suburban Hospital
  • Fort Washington Medical Center
  • Medstar Washington Hospital Center
  • Howard University Hospital
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Specialties: Ophthalmology

Health Insurance and Affiliations

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Anthem HealthKeepers HMO POS
  • Anthem KeyCare PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
  • CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
  • CareFirst Maryland POS
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Coventry DE PPO
  • Coventry Southern Health PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Navigate HMO
  • UHC Navigate POS
  • UHC Options PPO

Dr. Lai's Office Information

Fax: (301) 131-5218
Website: rgw.com
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Medicaid Accepted: Yes

Office Hours:

Mon8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Tue8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Wed8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Thu8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Fri8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Doctor Lai's Other Office Information

The Retina Group Of Washington
5454 Wisconsin Ave Ste 650
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-8100

Fax:(301) 165-2295
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted:Yes
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:

Mon8:00 AM-3:15 PM
Tue8:00 AM-3:15 PM
Wed8:00 AM-3:15 PM
Thu8:00 AM-3:15 PM
Fri8:00 AM-3:15 PM

Medstar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 877-7000

Fax:(202) 287-7925
Website:Not available
Accepting New Patients: No
Medicare Accepted:No
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:


Retina Group of Washington
8505 Arlington Blvd Ste 300
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 698-9335

Website:Not available
Accepting New Patients: No
Medicare Accepted:No
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours: