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.
After 22 years of full-time practice with Eye Health Northwest, Dr. McKinney transitioned to part-time practice in 2020. While he continues to provide clinical glaucoma and laser care for his existing patients, he no longer performs cataract or glaucoma surgery. All new glaucoma consults and glaucoma surgeries are now scheduled with his colleague, Dr. Charles Weber.
“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 at 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 is Chair of 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 privileged situations. His short-term medical trips have focused on training local physicians through lectures and one-on-one surgical demonstrations.
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 missionary nursing in rural Benin Republic, West Africa and Terre Blanche, Haiti. They have three adult children and all share a love for spiritual growth, music, reading, swimming, skiing, hiking and camping.
"Back in 1999, Dr Kevin Mckinney found cancer in my right eye.... I owe this man my life. Additionally, treatment for my glaucoma has involved several surgeries and Dr Mckinney appears to be the regional expert on the treatment of glaucoma... I won't go anywhere else. Also, my cataract surgical experience with Dr Mckinney and his outstanding surgical team really impressed me with their professional yet friendly staff."
"Dr. McKinney is the epitome of what you want as a physician. Confident, informed, friendly and patiently explains all the options."
"I have been going to Eye Health Northwest for several years. My previous assigned MD moved across the country, so it was my first time with Dr. Kevin McKinney. He was very professional and friendly; and he answered all my questions on my comprehensive eye exam. It was an excellent experience."
"Highly recommend Dr Kevin McKinney. He's very thorough and gives great attention to the details regarding my unique vision challenges. His care has kept my eyesight healthy."
Everyone was great - professional & caring - from Thomas at the emergency call desk to Dr. McKinney, who saved me!! I feel so grateful!