About Our Department

Thank you for taking time to learn about the efforts of the UMKC Department of Ophthalmology that aim ultimately to improve the lives of those afflicted with eye disease today and tomorrow. We accomplish this vision through the following tenets:

  • Education – excellence in training the next generation of ophthalmologists through its renowned residency and fellowship program
  • Research – acceleration of ground-breaking research for blinding eye disease via the Vision Research Center at UMKC
  • Treatment – nationally-renowned physicians providing the latest information available on treatment of eye disease
  • Prevention – guidance on lifestyle choices that may help prevent eye disease and contribute to better health overall
  • Community Outreach – efforts to provide services to underserved populati

Over forty years ago, the first class of resident physicians graduated from the Department of Ophthalmology at the UMKC School of Medicine, marking the commencement of a shared commitment to provide the very best care to patients with eye disease, starting with the training of future practicing physicians. The same mission drives our efforts today as we continue to train the next generation of ophthalmologists and now as we guide the science that will eventually equip our doctors and provide our patients with the best possible treatments available.

The UMKC School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology has seen exponential growth during the past 40 years not only in faculty, but research and patient care. The Department now boasts 35 faculty members involved in patient care, research, and clinical trials. Founded in 2007, the Vision Research Center at UMKC—the research arm of the Department of Ophthalmology—provides a direct avenue for basic science research, translational research, and clinical trials to ensure that patients with ocular disease receive the most advanced medical treatments available. From lab bench to bedside, the VRC offers an unprecedented interdisciplinary synergy with a unified goal: to better diagnose, prevent, and treat eye disease and vision disorders in order to make a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Thanks to our generous supporters, talented faculty, gifted researchers, and enthusiastic residents and fellows, the Department is poised to make a significant impact in better treatment for eye disease throughout the region and world, leading to a better quality of life for generations to come.

Nelson Sabates, MD
Professor and Chairman of the
UMKC Department of Ophthalmology