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Stuart James McKinnon

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Glaucoma
Box 3802 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Box 3802 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710


Stuart J. McKinnon, MD, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and cataract. His areas of expertise include open and closed angle glaucomas, neovascular and other secondary glaucomas, and juvenile glaucoma. He is experienced in all forms of anterior segment procedures including laser therapy and filtering surgeries for glaucoma, as well as cataract surgery. He is integrally involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows. McKinnon's research activities include NIH-sponsored exploration of the basic mechanisms of retinal cell death in glaucoma. Other research areas include neuroprotective glaucoma therapies, non-invasive imaging of glaucoma damage, and relationships between glaucoma and other chronic neurodegenerations such as Alzheimer's disease.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology · 2021 - Present Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Ophthalmology
Associate Professor in Neurobiology · 2015 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

University of New Orleans · 1990 Ph.D.
Louisiana State University · 1990 M.D.
University of New Orleans · 1986 M.S.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst · 1984 B.S.