James L. Kinyoun M.D.

James L. Kinyoun M.D.


Dr. Kinyoun is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington. He specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous.…

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Patient Care Philosophy

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.

Personal Interests

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 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.


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


Board Certifications

American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology1976
Dr. Kinyoun is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington. He specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous. His clinical research interests include diabetic retinopathy and retina complications of prior radiotherapy. He values time to communicate as thoroughly as possible the cause of each patient's eye problem and the choices for management. Dr. Kinyoun believes patient understanding is key to a successful, ongoing, long-term patient-physician relationship.

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