Dr. Chao Li is an ophthalmologist who specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology and cataracts in Pineville, NC. His practice features a wide spectrum of eye conditions and treatments, including routine eye exams, traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery, refractive eye surgery, diabetic eye care, and glaucoma.

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He received his undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology as well as his medical degree from Tulane University. After completing his internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Dr. Li completed his residency in ophthalmology at Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore. In addition, he has conducted thorough research on corneal crosslinking, radiation necrosis and vision loss, and innovations in IOP technology.

Outside of the office, Dr. Li enjoys disc golf, automobiles, trying out new restaurants, cooking, and physical fitness.

Dr. Li practices in our Pineville (10405 Centrum Parkway, Pineville, NC) office. To make an appointment with him, you may do so online or through myCEENTAchart.

Education & Fellowship


Tulane University, summa cum laude, 2015


Tulane University School of Medicine, 2018


Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 2019


Chief Resident, Krieger Eye Institute of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 2022


Tulane University Accelerated Physician Training Program, 2011

Jack R. Aron Memorial Merit Scholarship, 2016

Distinguished Scholar Scholarship


  • Investigated Contact lens compression of cornea during UV crosslinking treatment for keratoconus as a modification to Dresden protocol
  • Radiation Necrosis Causing Visual Field Loss
  • Innovations in IOP monitoring technology

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