Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

272 Patient Ratings
164 Patient Comments

Craig J. Chaya, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.7 out of 5

272 Patient Ratings
164 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 581-2352
John A. Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-3937
Midvalley Health Center
243 East 6100 South
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 213-9940
Redwood Health Center
1525 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84119


Craig J. Chaya, MD, practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on the medical and surgical management of routine/complex cataracts and glaucoma at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He also practices at Moran’s clinics at the Redwood Health Center and Midvalley Health Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Dr. Chaya has an interest in international ophthalmology and has worked as a consultant and volunteer in Guam, Micronesia, Ghana, Haiti, Thailand, and Nepal. His research interests include novel glaucoma surgical devices and international blindness prevention. His philosophy is to provide customized, compassionate eye care that considers the whole person. Dr. Chaya is also one of the official Jazz Moran Doctors.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Ophthalmology

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 22, 2017

for some reason Dr. Chaya seemed to be in a hurry. He normally does not appear that way and we were not behind schedule.

January 13, 2017

Up to date knowledge greatly appreciated

January 13, 2017

It turned out that I needed more time than usual for this appointment due to the condition of my eye. Dr. Chaya was still thorough and not rushed.

January 04, 2017

Impressed with the treatment and future plan. Early on in my problem I felt there was an inconsistent approach among Moran practitioners in glaucoma treatment. I am very comfortable with Dr. Chaya's plan and concern.

January 02, 2017

seemed hurried

January 02, 2017

shocked at how much work the tech did and how little time I was with the doc

December 20, 2016

i was seen by two Dr's and each showed an equal amount of concern for my condition

December 18, 2016

dr. Chaya is always very thorough at explaining procedures. He is patient yet efficient.

December 13, 2016

Dr. was very thorough. However, if the follow-up visit summary had not been provided, it would have been more detailed information that I could not have recalled. He spoke quickly, thoroughly, not pausing too much for feedback.

November 08, 2016

glad to be treated as I was

November 07, 2016

Very impressed with Assistant and Doctor

October 22, 2016

extremely impressed by detailed explanations and a video about glaucoma

October 22, 2016

good experience. attentive.

October 16, 2016

Very nice and professional

October 07, 2016

Dr. Chaya is an excellent ophthalmologist.

September 27, 2016

Dr. Chaya is an excellent clinician. He always explains what he is doing and always asks if I have any questions or concerns .

September 19, 2016

I am very confident in Dr Chaya. He is knowledgeable and friendly!

September 16, 2016

I am very happy and satisfied with the results on my surgery. I am grateful to Dr Chaya who has been trying everything to save my vision!! Thank you!!

September 12, 2016

very good

September 12, 2016

Dr. Chaya was outstanding from first appoint through the post-op discharge back to my optometrist. I would highly recommend him.

September 04, 2016

very professional. seemed somewhat rushed.

September 04, 2016

Dr. Chaya put me at ease. He is understanding, empathetic and was patient to answer all of my questions. And me - being nervous - ask lots of questions - probably redundant ones!

August 22, 2016

Hurried, uninterested in responding to concerns not central to his diagnosis

August 20, 2016

Dr. Craig Chaya and his staff were wonderful - very competent and caring.

August 06, 2016

Dr. Chaya and his medical assistant were wonderful. Very patient. Made me feel very comfortable and confident.

August 04, 2016

I think Dr Chaya is fantastic!

July 31, 2016

Dr. Chaya is outstanding in every way. he takes the time to provide full and clear explanations, he listens to questions and concerns, and the results of surgery we're outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing his area of expertise.

July 15, 2016

I aske a question of the technician that she didn't know. she checked with my doctor and called me with the answer.

July 12, 2016


June 29, 2016

Dr. Chaya is an excellent ophthalmologist who takes time explaining everything. Very attentive and answers any and all of my questions. A true asset to the John Moran Eye Center!

June 26, 2016

I will definitely recommend Moran Eye Clinic and Dr Cheya.

June 22, 2016

They have done me a great service by improving my sight and life. I would recommend them to any of my family

June 12, 2016

This appointment was to complete an exam conducted by a technician. The technician who conducted the exam was very professional and communicated everything that I needed to do so it was easy to understand.

June 11, 2016

No comment: satisfied

June 05, 2016

It was much easier than I ever thought it would be.

June 04, 2016

This was an excellent experience. I changed physicians from one I had had for 15 years to this clinic. I wished I had made this move sooner!

May 25, 2016

As I mentioned earlier, due to software problems, Dr. Chaya was unable to evaluate my retina imaging results during my exam, nor could I get a printout. He said he would contact me if there were any problems. My exam was on Tuesday. On Thursday night I checked MyChart, but did not see any comment about this test. I sent Dr. Chaya a message via MyChart to verify that he had actually been able to review and evaluate the results (and to request my electronic copy). Dr. Chaya replied to the message late Friday evening, along with a phone call (leaving voice mail), and emailed my test results for my hard copy. He was very thorough on this follow up.

May 20, 2016

Dr. Chaya is an excellent, knowledgeable physician.

April 17, 2016

I spent more time with those who were taking pictures of my eyes. I didn't have many questions because I wasn't sure what I needed to asked. I have since found ot someone wo wears contact lens need to take the lens out a week before the exam for sizing eye. No where on any literature was that the case. It delayed my surgery. The Dr. had already re-scheduled my second surgery because he was going out of the country. I was okay with that. I am hoping my experience alert the them to have that information imparted to contact wearers. I don't know the Dr. well enough to recommend him to others. He was recommended by my Optometrist. He seems competent and I spent very little time with him. I have confidence in Dr. Smith's recommendation of Dr. Chaya.

April 15, 2016

This was the first time meeting Dr. Chaya he was outstanding. he was very thorough, asked lots of questions to better understand my needs, and took considerable time to fully explain a complex situation with many decisions. His explanations were extremely clear, which was especially impressive given the complexity. I would highly recommend Dr. Chaya.

April 09, 2016

I have a conditon that is hard to understand and predict. I believe I am getting the best care possible under those circumstances

March 31, 2016

I spent the time equally with Dr. Chaya, his technical assistant, and another doctor in training, Dr. Patel I believe. Each was responsive and helpful. I left with a lilt in my gait, no not really, but I was very happy with the entire experience.

March 29, 2016

Perhaps it was that my appointment ended at 5:00, but I felt rushed out the door with no instructions for follow up. And there may have been some confusion about this appointment as to whether it was an annual eye exam or a follow up from a previous eye problem, but the provider did not say anything about a refraction, he simply said to his assistant to schedule a year out. I have since called to come back in for a refraction as part of my annual eye exam.

March 22, 2016

I am confined to a power wheel chair and those who provided my care were very very helpful without being patronizing! Thank you!

March 22, 2016

Excellent attention and skill of technician was appreciated. Doctor's review and instructions were very professional and thorough!

March 09, 2016

Very impressed with Dr. Chaya

February 19, 2016

Nick was great!

February 09, 2016

My mother is 92 and has some understanding what is going on. You could sense some frustration in Dr Chaya as he was running behind and my mother was not cooperating.

February 08, 2016

very thorough, good exp;anations, well written instructions

January 11, 2016

Dr. Chaya was great in describing what he saw with my exam results.

December 20, 2015

doctor came in looked at my eyes and told me to take medications and see him back in two months. Didn't explain or talk to me much about the problems with my eyes

December 15, 2015


December 15, 2015

Dr Chaya is excellent

December 06, 2015

MD is very intelligent and always provides adequate information and answers all my questions.

November 16, 2015

the fellow was great. very personable. the dr. seemed to be condescending and preferred to direct us to a website regarding the injury.

November 14, 2015

The doctor is very efficient and polite but does not connect especially well with me.

November 13, 2015

He is very nice and helpful! Probably the best bedside manner I have seen out of an eye dr

November 09, 2015

Again, this guy was incredible. I felt very informed about my upcoming procedure when I left.

November 08, 2015

The lady that did my initial exam was wonderful, patient, explained everything as it was done. Dr. Chaya is the absolute best opthomologist I've had the privilege of working with. His patience, explanations, and empathy give me comfort, and confidence about my care.

November 03, 2015

My first visit with Dr. Chaya. He was very friendly and seemed very through. He took extra time to explain how to clean my eye ducts.

October 27, 2015

FEEL VERY CONFIDENT HAVING Dr. Chaya take care of my eye problem

October 12, 2015

I would have liked more time with Dr. Chaya. His time in the room was pretty brief. I realized after the appointment that I wanted to ask questions. He gave me a website to check for more info, but personal interaction would have been nice. On my follow up visit, I will make sure I feel comfortable with all the information.

October 06, 2015

Love Dr. Chaya

September 28, 2015


September 28, 2015

see previous comments Such an improvement over my previous visit (@ Redwood Center)

September 14, 2015

Tende to talk a bit rapidly for older people to absorb what was being said. Assistant was good at clarifying later

August 21, 2015

The doctor appeared to be rushed this day, but the wait was too long and he seemed much more abrupt than usual. I like him as a doctor but I had other commitments that day so the extra long wait was difficult. Usually the time frame is great.

August 10, 2015

Dr. Chaya is an excellent physician.

July 26, 2015

Dr. Chaya is obviously a very good eye doctor, He seems to want to list all possibilities of future problems or potential problems that may or may not ever actually happen. That tendency causes me to worry about my eye problems. I have come to believe that he is just being thorough in his way mentioning all the possible things that could go wrong.

July 25, 2015

I had the surgeries on 04/01/2015 and 04/15/2015. I am still waiting for Dr. Chaya to return the necessary form Medicare needs for Walmart eye center can get my glasses done. I went to see him on 07/17/2015 to ask him to fax the prescription but there is a form Medicare requires filled out and signed by the doctor. Walmart has faxed the form to the doctor to the last fax number his secretary gave and today is 07/25/2015 and he hasn't done it. Please doctor Chaya sign the form in order for me to get my glasses I beg you it's been over 3 months and I get my eyes so red because I don't have the proper prescription eye glasses to read.

July 11, 2015


June 27, 2015

Very happy with Dr. Chaya and his ability to answer my questions and his ease in explaining everything to me.

June 27, 2015

EXcellent Doctor!!!

June 15, 2015

I received a diagnosis I was not expecting nor prepared for, so I appreciated that Dr. Chaya seemed to notice my tempered distress. Dr. Chaya provides a lot of eye contact and seems so sincere about his concern while being confident in his diagnosis.

June 10, 2015

Wonderful experience!

May 27, 2015

Dr. Chaya was rapid, precise and courteous

May 26, 2015

I am very pleased with Dr. Chaya. I feel fortunate to have his excellent care.

May 25, 2015

Dr. Chaya took an abundance to time to explain the results of my exam, the options available to me (including potential benefits and risks), and was patient in answering my concerns and questions. To me, he represented a very caring, compassionate and patient care provider.

May 18, 2015

I completely trust Dr. Chaya's recommendations. He is very easy to discuss things with. When I leave the office I totally understand what results were and what the next instructions. I can't say enough positive about Dr. Chaya and his staff.

May 05, 2015

very good

April 22, 2015

The care provider seemed to be well qualified to care for my problem.

April 17, 2015

Very Good

April 13, 2015

I really liked that they print out an explaining page so when you get home you remember what they told you!!

April 09, 2015

I appreciate Dr. Chaya's knowledge and concern for my well being. He is very thorough and wants the best outcome for me.

March 24, 2015

Dr. Chaya and Todd were topnotch. Thorough, careful, kind, knowledgeable and thinking people! Not robots. Seemed to actually be interested in their work and happy to be of assistance.

March 10, 2015

Good appointment - not sure if it really solved my problem but was a great start.

March 06, 2015

Nothing bad ,just good

March 05, 2015

Dr. Chaya is great and I have much confidence in him.

February 21, 2015

I was seen by the fellow first and then Dr. Chaya. The fellow was very good at explanation of testing procedures used and and what they demonstrate. The fellow should be told of my impression of his excellence.

February 21, 2015

Dr. Chaya and his support staff are a very professional and thorough job! Keep it up!

February 19, 2015


February 08, 2015

Dr. Chaya was recommended to me and I have and will recommend him. He is caring, compassionate and extremely knowledgeable and always explains everything.

December 24, 2014

Dr. Chaya is one of the best eye surgeons. He is doing a great job and he needs to be provided with additional staff if possible.

December 12, 2014

Dr. Chaya is a very intelligent, professional, and thorough Doctor. I have been struggling to find a Doctor who was as caring and knowledgeable as he is and I am very glad to have him as a Doctor!

December 11, 2014

Dr Chaya is a wonderful doctor ...very skilled and his "bedside manner" is excellent

December 10, 2014

Very thorough, answers questions includes me in my care and decision making. Guides and directs.

December 08, 2014

Dr. Chaya is one of the very best doctors I have ever had. ( I have had many!) He is kind, courteous and explains everything very thouroughly and understandably.

December 05, 2014

Both the assistant and Dr. Chaya were extremely thorough and provided excellent care.

November 25, 2014

No bad experience!

November 03, 2014

Great experience. I sent my son here for his annual exam and will recommend it to my sister and mother as well.

October 28, 2014

I always have a positive experience at the clinic

October 28, 2014

the Attending physician was TOO professional, needs more warmth...felt like a "another number-patient" - next,,,

October 15, 2014

once I had his attention, Dr Chaya was much , much better in communicating than Dr. Z has been in my previous visits. I have seen 4 different physicians in each of the last 4 visits. I always ask to be seen by Dr Z when I get an apt. but I always get an associate. I

October 12, 2014

always a good experience.

October 07, 2014

The doctor was excellent. He solved a problem with my eyes that I have had for a long time. I am now able to wear contacts again. I am really grateful for the help he gave me.

October 06, 2014


October 06, 2014

Dr Chaya is excellent

October 03, 2014

Exceptional care from the doctor and I would highly recommend him.

September 30, 2014

The doctor was excellent.

September 26, 2014

I think the above speaks for my experience . I felt very much at ease with a new doctor and his staff !

September 20, 2014


September 07, 2014


August 08, 2014

The OD who referred me did not explain that it was for the possibility of laser treatment. The care provider gave me references to look up to get information about the procedure which I appreciate. I prefer to know more rather than less about what I might need to consent to. Unanswered questions I do not consider applicable to this visit.

July 01, 2014

I'm very happy with having had Dr. Chaya recommended to me by others at the Moran center.

June 30, 2014

Very nice and explained things very well. Thank you for the recommendations re dry eye care!

June 19, 2014

They were doing a great job

June 14, 2014

The doctor seemed to me to be quite young (lol) but he knew what to do and did it in a timely manor. Very complete with explanations of question we had.

May 27, 2014

Providers at this clinic always appear rushed.

May 18, 2014

This was my first visit with Dr. Chaya and I will definitely see him again in the future.

May 12, 2014

Excellent Doctor! Even though he was extremely busy this day. He gave me plenty of time to explain my condition and answer concerns!

May 11, 2014

Doctor Chaya was very good at explaining everything I needed and answered all my questions.

April 23, 2014

moved from another clinic in slc because of the excellent care and staff at Moran Clinic

April 09, 2014

dr was very concerned about me. I appreciate his bedside manner.

April 06, 2014

He was focused and informative. he was very professional and kind.

March 24, 2014

Dr. Craig J Chaya's pleasant and friendly demeanor made me feel more comfortable and less nervous. And I think he is very intelligent. My husband and I feel blessed to have had him remove my cataracts.

March 24, 2014

Dr. Chaya was referred to me becaus eof the care he has provided to other patients. I was very happy with my experience

March 02, 2014

DR Chaya was great best eye DR I have seen. I told my friends about him.

February 24, 2014

I continue to appreciate the time that Dr. Chaya takes to explain my eye problems and the choices I have for try to correct it. He is a very interested and informed doctor.

February 09, 2014

Thank you for such a great experience.

February 04, 2014

good experience

February 02, 2014

dr chaya was awesome very confident in him

January 28, 2014

The care provider who interaacted with me was knowledgeable, kind, and reassuring.

January 13, 2014

I have felt extremely well cared for.

January 06, 2014

Dr Chaya continues to show interest and concern about my problems. He is EXCELLENT about explaining my condition and possible treatment.

December 24, 2013

Dr. Chaya is excellent regarding questions and concerns. He always explains procedures and medications very well.

December 23, 2013

The doctor mentioned I should use tears to keep the dryness to a minimum and offered to provide a sample, but failed to follow up. On the other hand, he made an effort to send out the exam results to both my primary care doc and the endocrinologist.

December 17, 2013

Generaly a good experence.

December 15, 2013

Good experience and I can see so well!!!

December 05, 2013


November 27, 2013

Cannot recommend from first meeting

November 13, 2013

All caregivers were excellent.

November 04, 2013

My entire experience was a very positive one

October 21, 2013

First time with Dr Chaya. I liked him a lot.

October 18, 2013

Dr. Chaya on both visits seemed to be in a hurry.

October 14, 2013

Very good experience

October 14, 2013


September 27, 2013

the print out I received after the visit was the best I have ever seen in terms of helpful information

September 25, 2013


September 23, 2013

This Dr was the best I could ever want. I am not a easy person to think a Dr is good.

September 06, 2013

Good experience.

August 27, 2013

Felt that the doctor took the time necessary to make sure I understood what I needed to know

August 26, 2013

Felt very comfortable with my care. Everything was explained and follow up was handled well.

August 23, 2013

I will recommend this case provider to my Mom. I asked for special assistance and it was all worked out immediately.

August 12, 2013

I am very pleased to learn of Dr. Chaya's involvement in work with people in Third World countries

July 03, 2013

Dr. Chaya gave me the printout of what we talked about. There were some terms/conditions that we may have talked about but no using that terminology

June 11, 2013

This was my second visit to the Moran & I was much happier with this visit and provider than my previous visit. Dr. Chaya was very helpful and focused: listened well, explained well, answered my questions, and offered extra follow-up.

May 29, 2013

By care provider, I understood to be the doctor (Optamologist). Not the Optometrist.

May 25, 2013

Things went verry well.

April 22, 2013

Dr. Chaya is excellent about explanations of diagnosis and treatments. He projects real concern about me as a patient and the sucess of my treatments.

April 11, 2013

He showed compassion and was so friendly with my baby girl. He was able to explain what was going on and understand her follow up care. He provided excellent care.

March 25, 2013

I've been looking for an opthomologist since Dr. MacDonald left Rocky Mtn many years ago. I was VERY pleased with Dr. Chaya and will return in the future for any eye problems or needs that I have.

March 19, 2013

Dr. Craig Chaya did an outstanding job of providing careful analysis of my eye problem without raising concern about my condition. He was attentive, asked fact finding questions and seemed truly concerned about my comfort and treatment. I would recommend Dr. Chaya without question.

March 14, 2013

Dr. Chaya (? spelling), saw me after normal hours. I did not feel rushed and his service was more than excellent. He took a lot of time double checking the tests on my right eye. I normally see Dr. Zabrisky for normal appointments. Since I was very concerned about a problem with my "good" eye, Dr. Chaya more than eliminated my concerns and provided excellent service way beyond expectations.

March 08, 2013

Dr. Chaya seemed very thorough, capable and knowledgeable. My eye problem turned out to be somewhat serious, which wasn't great news, but he did not sugar-coat the situation and let me know what to expect, and what I needed to do for the best possible results.

Academic Profile

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Ophthalmology/Visual Sciences - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Board Certification American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
John A. Moran Eye Center
Moran Eye Center
65 N Mario Capecchi
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Craig J. Chaya, MD, received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA and his BS degree from La Sierra University, Riverside, CA. He completed residencies in internal medicine at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and ophthalmology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Additionally, he received training in international ophthalmology as a Himalayan Cataract Project/Freedom Foundation Fellow in Kathmandu and Hetauda, Nepal and completed a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Utah, John A. Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Himalayan Cataract Project/Freedman Foundation
Small Incision Cataract Surgery/Glaucoma
Fellowship University of Utah/John A. Moran Eye Center
Glaucoma Fellowship/Clinical Instructor
Residency Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Chief Resident West Los Angeles VAMC
Internal Medicine
Chief Resident
Residency West Los Angeles VAMC
Internal Medicine
Internship West Los Angeles VAMC
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical Loma Linda University
Undergraduate La Sierra University
Human Biology


Selected Provider Publications

Global Impact

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Fellowship Himalayan Cataract Project/Freedman Foundation
Small Incision Cataract Surgery/Glaucoma
Fellow Nepal

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