James L. Kinyoun M.D.

 James  L. Kinyoun M.D.

Bio

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…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I believe that patient understanding is key to a successful, ongoing, long-term patient-physician relationship.

Personal Interests

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.

Clinical Interests

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.

Research Interests

Increasing understanding of diabetic retinopathy and its treatments, and elimination of vision loss due to complications of diabetes mellitus is a life-long goal. 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.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of NebraskaMedical education1971
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical CenterInternship
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical CenterResidency
Univ. of Minnesota SOMFellowship

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1971

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology1976
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’s 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.