Robert E. Kalina MD is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and the ophthalmology residency training program of the University of Oregon Hospitals and Clinics. After service as a Flight Medical Officer in the United States Air Force and further training in retinal diseases and surgery in San Francisco and Boston, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington Department of Ophthalmology in 1967.

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Undergraduate Education: BA, University of Minnesota, 1957. BS, University of Minnesota, 1960
Medical School: MD, University of Minnesota, 1960
Internship: Rotating, University of Oregon Medical School Hospitals and Clinics, 1961
Military Service: Flight Medical Officer, United States Air Force, 1963
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Oregon Medical School Hospitals and Clinics, 1966
Fellowship: Retina, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1967 (NINDS Special Fellow)
Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology, 1967
Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (WAEPS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), King County Medical Society (KCMS)
Sub Specialty Societies: The Retina Society

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Academic Interests

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kalina’s clinical focus is on retinal diseases and intraocular tumors.

Research Focus

Dr. Kalina’s research has focused on retinal diseases and intraocular tumors.

Awards & Honors 

American Academy of Ophthalmology:  Life Achievement Honor Award
National Eye Institute:  Special Achievement Award
Prevent Blindness America:  Medical Outreach Award
University of Washington: Robert E Kalina, MD Endowed Professorship for Ophthalmology Education


Simon S, Kalina RE, Chien AJ:  Pigmented lesions of the iris:  common in patients, uncommon in dermatology textbooks.  Arch Dermatol 2006; 142: 1243-4..

Au A, Shields CL, Kalina RE, Wells C, Shields JA:  Bilateral vasoproliferative retinal tumors in a patient with autosomal dominant aniridia.  Retinal Cases and Brief Reports 2007; 1(4):249-50

Wong WT, Yeh S, Chan C, Kalina RE, Kinyoun JL, Coleman HR, Chew EY: Retinal Neovascularization as an ocular manifestation of von Hippel-Lindau Disease.  Arch Ophthalmol 2008; 126:637-43

Singh CN, Greico VS, Kalina RE: Metastatic cutaneous melanoma to the ciliary body in familial atypical mole-melanoma (FAM-M) syndrome.  Retinal Cases and Brief Reports 2009; 3(2):150-1

Ermoian RP, Kalina RE, Yu EY, Paravthaneni U:  Ocular Prostate cancer metastasis treated with external beam radiation.  Retinal Cases and Brief Reports 2011; 5(4):306-8

Primary Clinical Office

Eye Institute at Harborview

Harborview Medical Center
908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA
Clinic Phone: 206-744-2020
Clinic Fax: 206-897-4320

Mailing Address:
Box 359608
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Academic Phone: 206-543-7250


Medical and Surgical Retina
Oncology and Ocular Tumors