Dr. John W. Kitchens | Ophthalmologist Lexington | Retina Associates KY

John W. Kitchens, MD

Dr. John W. Kitchens


Undergraduate BS: University of Evansville

Medical School MD: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Fellowship: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Chief Residency: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Honors: “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Ophthalmologists”

Meet John W. Kitchens, MD – Eye to Eye Video Interviews

Dr. Kitchens – “Retina Only”
Dr. Kitchens – “Educational Background Kitchens”
Dr. Kitchens – “Retina Conditions”
Dr. Kitchens – “Enjoy Outside”

What led you to choose Retina Associates?

The reputation of Retina Associates is what initially interested me in the practice. When I spoke with my mentors at both Iowa and Bascom Palmer, they all knew of William, Rick, and Tom. When I looked into it more, it became apparent that this practice had what I was looking for (people with the best training, clinical research, and a dedication to patient care) in a great location that was close to family.

What are your interests?

Within the medical realm, I enjoy managing patients with uveitis as well as other medical disorders. I like uveitis in particular because these cases are not straightforward. In many cases, it is like unraveling a mystery. Many times you develop a strong doctor-patient relationship with these people. It can be very rewarding to ‘solve the mystery’ and get someone on the right track from a treatment standpoint.

From a surgical standpoint, I really enjoy taking care of patients with retinal detachments and trauma cases. Both of these conditions require you to ‘think on your feet’ in the OR. No two cases are the same and each presents its own set of challenges. I like the fact that there is such a diverse way to approach the problems that these folks have.

What research are you currently working on?

One of the great aspects of Retina Associates is that we have a real ‘team’ mentality. Each physician at Retina Associates of Kentucky is a Principle Investigator for multiple studies. Currently, I am focused on our Lucentis for Ocular Histoplasmosis Study and our Pharmacogenetics of AMD Study. Both of these studies are investigator sponsored trials (IST). This means that we developed a hypothesis and the study from ‘scratch’. This approach makes the study much more rewarding and demonstrates how focused we are on solving the problems our patients encounter. In addition to these studies, we are participating in a study evaluating whether higher doses of anti-VEGF medications may allow for longer intervals between treatments. One of the most exciting things about Retina Associates of Kentucky is their dedication to pursuing research that is beneficial to our patients.

What do you enjoy outside of medicine?

I have a wife, Sarah, and two children. My family keeps me pretty busy outside of work. When I get a chance, I enjoy working with computers. Putting together talks or surgical videos is something that I actually enjoy doing when I get a chance. I also like to exercise by lifting weights or cycling. You can probably find me out cycling on most Saturday mornings with Dr. Stone.

Links and Information on Dr. Kitchens

Dr. Kitchens Interviews Dr. Stone on the COVID-19 Impact in Kentucky
Norlase Enters Ophthalmic Market With Launch of LEAF Ultra-Compact Green Laser Photocoagulator with insights from Dr. John Kitchens
Direct Perfluorocarbon-Silicone Oil Exchange with Dr. John Kitchens
Retina Night NYC
Dr. Kitchens shares the latest in OCT technology in our office 
Family Practice Interview
Dr. Kitchens Facts About Floaters
Everything you need to know about age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Extreme Buckles, Chandeliers, and More with Dr. John Kitchens

Dr. Kitchens’ O-Web Profile
AAO Online Editor Profile
My EyeSmart Column
ASRS Profile
Retina CONNECT Network membership
Pearls in Ophthalmology Editor Page
Video done on technology for Medrounds
Eyetube Choroidal Drainage Video
Eyetube Extreme Buckling Video
Eyetube Transcleral Surgery Video
Eyetube: Editing Surgical Videos
Eyetube: Dual Chandelier Lighting
Commentary on the FDA approval of Lucentis for Diabetic Macular Edema
Vitrectomy Under Air
PVD Induction in a Difficult Hyaloid Case: Utilizing the Barbed Needle Technique
10 Pearls for Lensectomy
Retinal Physician Article on Ultrawidefield Imaging
Epiretinal Membrane Surgery
Vitrectomy for Floaters
OSN Retina 150
Macular Hole with Alcon Ngenuity
DRCRnet’s Protocol T study Review
3D Viewing Dr. Kitchens LIVE at the Lexington Surgery Center on Lex18

Dr. Kitchens’ PubMed Publications

Observational study of subclinical diabetic macular edema
Modified External Needle Drainage of Subretinal Fluid in the Management of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Using a “Guarded Needle Approach
The vitreous trap: a simple, surgeon-controlled technique for obtaining undiluted vitreous and subretinal specimens during pars plana vitrectomy
Triamcinolone acetonide preparations: impact of crystal size on in vitro behavior
Retinal breaks observed during pars plana vitrectomy
Indocyanine green-assisted internal limiting membrane peeling for macular holes: toxicity?
Idiopathic macular hole with extensive subretinal fluid: clinical and optical coherence tomography features before and after surgery
Choroidal neovascularization after LASIK
The drawstring temporary tarsorrhaphy technique
Increasing paintball related eye trauma reported to a state eye injury registry

Retinal Physician Articles:

Using UWFA to help treat ocular inflammatory conditions
Moving beyond the “wow” factor
Implementation of UWFA
Emerging Role of Ultra Widefield Images for the Management of Retinal Diseases
Talking Tech

Retina Today Articles:

Management of Choroidal Detachments
Chandelier Illumination for VR Surgery
Extreme Buckling
Next Generation Machines for VR Surgery
Transcleral Surgery
Creating Quality Surgical Videos


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