John W. Kitchens, MD is an ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon in Retina Associates of Kentucky located in Lexington, Kentucky. His focus is in the management of medical and surgical diseases of the retina. His interests include anglogenesis and ocular trauma.

Dr. Kitchens has received numerous honors. He has been named to the Best Doctors in America and as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists. He was nominated for the Golden Stethoscope Award given to the best resident in the state of Florida.

He also served as 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. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Mystery Diagnosis” and the Learning Channel’s “Diagnosis X”.

Dr. Kitchens is involved as an investigator in multiple clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusive disease, and visual rehabilitation. His research includes papers and presentations on ocular imaging, macular holes, ocular histoplasmosis, AMD, innovations in surgical instrumentation, and various other topics. He has presented at various local and national meetings including AAO, ARVO, ASRS, and Angiogenesis.