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Kenneth M. Goins, MD

Professional Background

Dr. Kenneth Goins joined the KU Eye faculty in August 2018 as Professor, specializing in cornea and external disease and refractive surgery. He received his MD from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he also completed an internship in internal medication and residency in ophthalmology. His fellowship in cornea and external disease was at Duke University in North Carolina, following which he was in private practice for a year in North Carolina and then director of the cornea and external disease service at the University of Chicago Hospitals for 11 years. After Chicago, Dr. Goins was at the University of Iowa’s Department of Ophthalmology, where, since 2006, he was professor and director of cornea and external disease and refractive surgery fellowship and service, as well as medical director of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

He recently completed an 8-year term on the American Board of Ophthalmology’s Board of Directors; earned both a lifetime and senior lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology; was Outstanding Ophthalmology Attending Teacher three times in Chicago; twice-named named Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year at the University of Iowa and at the University of Kansas and has been among the Best Doctors in America since 2005. He has authored over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles, 7 book chapters and given 78+ lectures locally, nationally and internationally. His clinical focuses include anterior segment infections, cornea problems, external eye disease, intraocular lenses and refractive surgery, with certifications in the VISX WaveScan, WaveFront and iDesign Systems, Human Optics Artificial Iris and IntraLase FS Laser.

Education and Training
  • BA, Organismal and Systems Biology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, TN
  • MD, University of Kentucky
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, The University of Kentucky at Lexington, Lexington, KY
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of KY Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Cornea and External Disease, Duke University Medical Center, Ophthalmology Dept., Durham, NC
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Board Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Licensed Medical Doctor, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Licensed Physician and Surgeon, State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regular, Division of Professional Regulation
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Physician License Certificate, North Carolina Medical Board
Professional Affiliations
  • Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Co-Chair, 2020 - 2021
  • Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Kansas Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Eye Bank Association of America , Board of Directors, Member, 2014 - 2016
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Board of Directors, Director, 2010 - 2018
  • Cornea Society, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Eye Bank Association of America , Member, 2003 - Present



Outcomes study using Avedro collagen crosslinkage for keratoconus, ectasia after refractive surgery, and corneal infections. Customflex artificial iris implantation outcomes study.
Outcomes study reviewing Customvue laser vision correction procedures vs iDesign 2.0 laser vision correction procedures.
Development of a keratoplasty outcome database at KUMC in coordination with Saving Sight Eye Bank.
Observational study evaluating Heidelberg confocal microscopy in treating corneal infections and enhancing other ocular diagnoses (ie. Stem cell deficiency).
Acanthamoeba treatment outcome database at KUMC
Development of alternative treatment modalities for acanthamoeba keratitis in conjunction with KUMC Infectious Disease.