Dr. Kinyoun was born and raised near Clay Center, Nebraska. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He completed his medical degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. Following his internship in at Medical College of Wisconsin, he stayed there and completed his residency in ophthalmology. Dr. Kinyoun completed his fellowship in diseases and surgery of the Retina and Vitreous from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. Dr. Kinyoun values time to communicate as thoroughly as possible the cause of each patient's eye problem and the choices for management.

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Undergraduate Education: BS, University of Nebraska,1967
Medical School: MD, University of Nebraska College of Medicine,1971
Post Graduate Education:     
Internship: Transitional, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1972
Residency: Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1975
Fellowship: Retina and Vitreous, University of Minnesota, 1978
Board Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1972. American Board of Ophthalmology,1976
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), King County Medical Association (KCMA), American Ophthalmological Society 
Sub Specialty Societies: Retina Society, Western Retina Study Club

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Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kinyoun’s clinical interests include care of retina and vitreous diseases such as retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, vitreous hemorrhage, age-related macular degeneration, and other macular abnormalities.

Research Focus

Dr. Kinyoun’s research interests include diabetic retinopathy and retina complications of prior radiotherapy. 

Awards & Honors 

1990 American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award
1991 Focus Award (Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted)
1997 Teacher of the Year, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle
2002 American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award


Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network: Three-year follow up of a randomized trial comparing focal/grid photocoagulation and intravitreal triamcinolone for diabetic macular edema. Arch Ophthalmol 2009;127:245-251.

Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network: The course of response to focal/grid photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema. Retina 2009;29:1436-1443.

Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network: Randomized trial evaluating ranibizumab plus prompt or deferred laser or triamcinolone plus prompt laser for diabetic macular edema. Ophthalmology 2010;117:1064-1077.

Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network: Vitrectomy outcomes in Eyes with diabetic macular edema and vitrectomacular traction. Ophthalmology 2010;117:1087-1093.

Chew EY, Glassman AR, Beck RW, Bressler NM, Fish GE, Ferris FL, Kinyoun JL, for the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network: Ocular side effects associated with peribulbar injections of triamcinolone acetonide for diabetic macular edema. Retina 2011;31:284-289.


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