Dr. James L. Kinyoun has announced his plans to retire in January, 2019.  Dr. Kinyoun has served as a dedicated physician and teacher to generations of ophthalmologists over his 40-year career in the UW Department of Ophthalmology.  He has delivered uncompromising care to countless patients and their families.

“His twenty-year aftercare, his humor and humanity, his gentle presence, his transparency and concern for the ‘whole’ person, has been a profound impact on my life. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Dr. Kinyoun.” – Grateful patient

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Kinyoun has trained hundreds of medical students, residents, and fellows in our department. By consistently going above and beyond to extend his mentorship to each trainee, Dr. Kinyoun has exemplified the best in teaching at the University of Washington. Through his mentorship, our trainees have entered their careers prepared to provide exceptional patient care, conduct research, and train others.

In 2017, with the support of several alumni and patients, we launched an effort to establish the James L. Kinyoun, M.D. Endowed Retina Fellowship at UW Medicine. This endowment will allow our Department to attract top-tier trainees to our retina fellowship; those who can continue the legacy of excellence that Dr. Kinyoun has upheld throughout his four decades of service.

We look forward to celebrating Dr. Kinyoun’s service as he prepares for retirement in 2019. If you would like additional information about our Ophthalmology fellowship programs or if you would like to make a gift in honor of Dr. Kinyoun, please contact Savannah Ledgerwood, assistant director for philanthropy, at ledges@uw.edu or 206.221.4769.

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