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J. Kevin McKinney, M.D.

About me:

J. Kevin McKinney, M.D.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Advanced Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology


Oregon City
Phone: (503) 656-4221

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light." (Matthew 6:22)

Dr. J. Kevin McKinney recieved the 2019 John G Clarkson award for Quality Improvement.

Portland's Top Doctors in 2018 by Portland Monthly Magazine.

Dr. McKinney is a fellowship trained glaucoma specialist and comprehensive ophthalmologist, with expertise in glaucoma and advanced cataract surgery.

Dr. McKinney is experienced in many techniques for the surgical management of glaucoma, including trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, SLT laser, and iStent implants.


"One hundred years ago, glaucoma was a uniformly blinding disease. With recent advances in diagnostic technology, medical therapy and surgical technique, blindness due to glaucoma is now uncommon in the USA. Our current challenge in caring for persons with glaucoma is to preserve a lifetime of good vision without diminishing quality of life."

Dr. McKinney received his B.S. in Biology, Phi Beta Kappa, from Baylor University and also participated in Honors Study at St. Peter's College at Oxford University. He graduated from Medical School at Baylor College of Medicine and continued his studies at Johns Hopkins University where he received a Master of Public Health, Epidemiology. Dr. McKinney spent a year as a missionary at ECWA Eye Hospital, Kano, Nigeria, West Africa. Upon his return to the United States, he completed his residency in Ophthalmology and Fellowship in Glaucoma at the University of Iowa. He practiced on the Glaucoma Faculty for three years at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before joining EyeHealth Northwest in 1998.

Dr. McKinney has served on the Executive Committee of the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology since 2000 and was President of the organization from 2010-2012. He currently serves as the glaucoma representative on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Patient Education Committee and is an Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. McKinney enjoys teaching and lecturing. He has presented as faculty at several international meetings, including ones in Nepal, Israel, Japan and China, and served as volunteer faculty with ORBIS, the flying eye hospital. Like many of his partners at EyeHealth Northwest, Dr. McKinney shares a strong commitment to serving the medical needs of those living in less privilege situations. His short-term medical trips have focused on training local physicians through lectures and one-on-one surgical demonstration.

Dr. McKinney and his wife, Greta, met studying Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She is a RN with work experience ranging from the NIH treatment ICU in Bethesda Maryland to village health nursing in rural Benin Republic, West Africa. Their three children, Christian, James and Noelle, attended a Mandarin language immersion program throughout elementary school and all share a love for music, reading, swimming and camping. The family is active in their church and in the ministry of Eagle Fern Camp (a local Christian summer camp).


1994 - 1995
Glaucoma Fellow
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1990 - 1993
Residency in Ophthalmology
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1987 - 1988
Transitional Internship
St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX
Medical School
1983 - 1987
Doctor of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1988 - 1989
Master of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD
1980 - 1983
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Baylor University, Waco, TX


1998 Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, MD21053
1994 American Board of Ophthalmology
1993 Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners, 29197 (Inactive)
1988 Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, H4540 (Inactive)


Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City, OR
Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Milwaukie, OR
Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, Tualatin, OR
Legacy Portland Hospitals, Portland, OR
Adventist Medical Center, Portland, OR
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR


September 1998 - Present Private Practice, EyeHealth Northwest
1995 - July 1998 Consultant, Glaucoma Division
King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
January 1994 - June 1994 Locum Tenens, Southeast Iowa Eye Specialists
Ottumwa Regional Health Center
Ottumwa, IA
September 1989 - June 1990 Associate Missionary
SIM International, ECWA Eye Hospital
Kano, Nigeria, West Africa


1995 - 1996 King Saud University
Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1994 University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology
Basic Science Lecture Series


American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Glaucoma Society
Christian Medical and Dental Society
Christian Ophthalmology Society
Executive Committee, Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Iowa Eye Association


McKinney JK, Alward WLM: Unilateral pigmentary glaucoma caused by angle recession. [photo essay] Archives of Ophthalmology 1997; 115:1478-9
McKinney JK: World View: Saudi Arabia, Argus: Ophthalmology World News. February 1997; 2:27,33
Haynes WL, Alward WLM, McKinney JK, Munden PM, Verdick R: Quantitation of iris transillumination defects in eyes of patients with pigmentary glaucoma. J Glaucoma 1994;3:106-113.
Haynes WL, Alward WLM, McKinney JK: Low energy argon laser suture lysis after trabeculectomy. [letter]. Am J Ophthalmol 1994;117:800.
Rosenfield DB, McCarthy M, McKinney JK, Viswanath NS, Nudelman HB: Stuttering induced by theophylline. [letter] Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 1994; 73:914,918-20
McKinney JK, Kardon RK, Nerad JA: The protective effect of optic nerve sheath fenestration in the unoperated fellow eye in cases of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. [ARVO #2060] 1993;34 (suppl):1121.

Practice Locations:

Oregon City Office
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone : (506) 656-4221

12050 SE Stevens Rd., Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Phone : (503) 656-4221

Preparing for your Visit:

Prior to Your Appointment: Please complete and print the Patient history, HIPPA and payment policy forms even if you are an established patient. Once you have completed the forms, please bring them with you on the day of your appointment. Due to privacy issues, please do not attempt to send these forms to our office via e-mail.

Please check with your insurance company(s) to verify your “vision care” coverage for routine eye examinations by calling the customer service phone number listed on your insurance card. You may also call this same number to verify “medical” benefits for medically necessary visits and procedures.

The Day of Your Appointment:
Bring your current medical insurance card(s) with you.

  • The co-pay amount listed on your insurance card will be collected at the time of your visit.
  • For charges not covered by your individual insurance plan, payment is due at the time of service. Prompt pay discounts are available on certain services. Please ask at the front desk.

As part of your examination with us today, your pupils may be dilated. With dilation, most people experience light sensitivity and difficulty with near vision (such as reading). Some individuals also have difficulty seeing in the distance. The effects of the dilation can last several hours.

Patient Forms:

Patient History


Payment Policy

Request an Appointment:

Request Appointment Online  
Oregon City: 503-656-4221  
Sunnyside: 503-656-4221  

Patient Accounts:

If you have questions about your account or insurance, please call our patient accounts representatives at: 503-344-5115.



Videos & Reviews:

Dr. J. Kevin McKinney Reviews:

Dr. McKinney is wonderful. He has always been very careful my eyes. Making good recommendations. I've always had good care. The wait time can be a little long but I simply plan for that. The down side is their optical department is extremely expensive. I am very happy with my care.-Yelp Review

Dr. Kevin McKinney performed surgery on my eye due to glaucoma. He did an excellent job and was a pleasure to deal with. His staff was professional, yet showed concern for me as an individual. They are the best team ever.-Yelp Review



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