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.
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.
Dr, Kinyoun specializes in retinal detachment, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, vitreous hemorrhage, numerous other macular abnormalities, including age-related macular degeneration and epimacular membranes, eye-trauma and radiation retinopathy.
He feels that each patient is unique and deserves individual attention regarding final diagnosis and selection of treatment. What worked very well for the last patient with the same eye problem may not be the best treatment choice for every patient. Educating each patient about the diagnosis and treatment options available allows the patient to become a part of the decision-making process.
Increasing understanding of diabetic retinopathy and its treatments, and elimination of vision loss due to complications of diabetes mellitus are life-long goals. He has participated in national collaborative studies over the past 30 years which have shown that good blood sugar control as well as laser photocoagulation are excellent treatments which decrease vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy. A complication of prior radiation treatment around the eyes, radiation retinopathy, has similar eye findings as those found in diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Kinyoun has found that the beneficial effects of laser photocoagulation for diabetic retinopathy may also be beneficial for radiation retinopathy.
Teaching medical students, ophthalmology residents and retina-vitreous fellows how to examine the retina and form differential diagnoses for patients' eye problems have been the highlights of Dr. Kinyoun' 30-year career at UW Medicine. All three of these groups of physicians-in-training are highly motivated to see the normal and abnormal findings inside each eye which enables them to make correct diagnoses and form rational treatment plans. In addition, they learn to appreciate that the beauty of the Pacific Northwest is not only equaled but exceeded by the beauty of human anatomy known as the retina.
Dr. Kinyoun lives in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife. He has two grown children. He enjoys sporting activities (e.g., basketball and football), as well as exercising outdoors (e.g., hiking, running, and snowshoeing) with his family. He relishes the endless, ever-changing, visually stimulating beauty of the Pacific Northwest whether he's watching the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains or the rain move across the Puget Sound.
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
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.
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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