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D. Chimene Richa, MD

Academic Title:

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Additional Title:

Associate Program Director, Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology


UMD Professional Building, 419 W Redwood Street Suite 470

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Education and Training

Dr. Richa graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors of science in biology from Villanova University. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She continued her studies with a transitional year internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, followed by an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland, Department of Ophthalmology. She then decided to pursue a fellowship in Oculoplastic surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. 


Early in her training Dr. Richa decided she enjoyed working with patients who had problems of the tissues surrounding the eye, specifically the eyelid, the tear drainage system, and the bones of the eye socket. In her practice, she sees patients with a range of eyelid problems, like droopy eyelids (ptosis), excess eyelid skin (dermatochalasis), eyelid turning in or out (entropion/ectropion), tearing, eyelid tumors, thyroid eye disease, and various orbital problems. With an expertise in Oculoplastics, Dr. Richa is able to help patients have positive outcomes so they can see better and feel better about the appearance of their eyes. Since 2012, Dr. Richa has been a part of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has several roles including Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the Director of Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Treating patients is a top priority, but education is a passion, so Dr. Richa is always looking for new ways to teach residents and medical students the ins and outs of Ophthalmology.

Awards and Affiliations

Pass & Susel Medical Student Education Tool Chest Award 2015