Dr. Vivienne Hau

Vivienne S. Hau, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator




Dr. Vivienne Hau is a medical and surgical vitreoretinal specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center and is the vice area research chair for Riverside on the Southern California Permanente Medical Group’s Regional Research Committee. She is a clinical assistant professor with the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. She founded and directs Kaiser Permanente’s largest ophthalmology prospective clinical trial program. She is the principal investigator of several clinical trials in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macula edema, and diabetic retinopathy and played a role in helping to bring several ophthalmic therapeutics for FDA approval. Dr. Hau was responsible for the development of an implantable micro-telescope team and helped to establish approval of the ARGUS II retinal prosthesis device. Dr. Hau also investigates the health equity of underrepresented minorities in ophthalmic care and research and is co-chair of the American Society of Retina Specialists Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee.



Dr. Hau has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed articles on drug delivery and the genetics of retina diseases in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She also reviews articles for the journal RETINA and the Journal of Vitreoretinal Diseases. Dr. Hau holds several leadership positions with the American Society of Retina Specialists and American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Areas of Focus

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic macula edema
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Vitreoretinal surgery


Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Surgery
Texas Retina Associates
Dallas, Texas
Residency, Ophthalmology
University of Utah John A. Moran Eye Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona
BS, Biochemistry
University of Arizona College of Arts and Sciences
Tucson, Arizona

Honors and Awards

  • Board of Directors, American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Guest Co-Editor of Retina Today's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issue 2023
  • Keynote Speaker, Southern California Permanente Group Partners Recognition Program 2021-2023
  • Physician Leadership Program 101 & 201, Kaiser Permanente, 2018-19