Monday, May 16, 2016
Dr. Kitchens is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist with Retina Associates of Kentucky in Lexington. He focuses on the medical and surgical management of diseases of the retina. His interests include angiogenesis, innovations in retinal imaging and ocular trauma. He is also president-elect of the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and has served as PAC chair and as treasurer for the organization. Dr. Kitchens is an investigator for multiple clinical trials on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusive disease, ocular histoplasmosis syndrome and visual rehabilitation. He has written papers and given presentations on topics including ocular imaging, macular holes, ocular histoplasmosis, AMD and innovations in surgical techniques and instrumentation. He is an editor for the website Medrounds and a co-founder of Convene, LLC. Previously, he was the retina section editor for OphthalmologyWeb and co-editor of Ophthalmology Times' Grand Rounds. Dr. Kitchens won first place in the Bloomberg Resident Cataract Video Competition sponsored by the American College of Eye Surgeons in 2003 and was given the Rhett Buckler Award for outstanding surgical video presentations at the 2008 and 2009 annual meetings of the American Society of Retina Specialists. He graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. His ophthalmology residency was at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology in Iowa City. He completed a retina fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He then served as chief resident, instructor of ophthalmology and director of the trauma service at the Bascom Palmer.