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Abe White, MD

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Clinical Associate Professor, Ophthalmology

Chief of Ophthalmology, Chief of Ophthalmology, Kansas City VA Medical Center

Associate Residency Program Director, Associate Residency Program Director, Ophthalmology

Kansas City Chiefs Medical Team, Staff Ophthalmologist, Kansas City Chiefs

Professional Background

Dr. W. Abraham White is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology. He received his BA/MD degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, MO. He completed his internship in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX.

Education and Training
  • Internship, General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Texas Health Science Center , San Antonio, TX
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Board Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • DEA Registration-Kansas, Drug Enforcement Agency
  • DEA Registration-Missouri, Drug Enforcement Agency
  • KBHA, Kansas Board of Healing Arts
  • MBRHA, Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
Professional Affiliations
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, Residency Program, Director, 2016 - Present
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, Member, 2004 - Present
  • UMKC School of Medicine Ophthalmology Interest Group, Vice President, 2004 - 2005
  • UMKC School of Medicine Ophthalmology Interest Group , Vice President, 2004 - 2005



Although Dr. White is part-time with our department, as he is the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Kansas City VA, he is actively involved in research within our department and in collaboration with other departments within the University. Most of his projects have been done in coordination with medical students or residents, which affords the opportunity for both scholarship and mentorship. As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, my practice is quite diverse; this is reflected in the variety of research projects I have worked on over the years, including both ophthalmology topics such as oculoplastics and pediatric ophthalmology, as well as broadly applicable issues including domestic violence, global health, and burnout.

I have also assisted in clinical trials in conjunction with other departments at KU as a sub-investigator, performing eye exams for patients receiving study drugs.

Current Research and Grants
  • ASP2215-CL-0301 - A Phase III Open-Label, Multicenter, Randomized Study of ASP2215 versus Salvage Chemotherapy in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) with FLT3 Mutation, University of Kansas
  • CALGB51101 – A Randomized Phase II Trial of Myeloablative versus Non-Myeloablative Consolidation Chemotherapy for Newly Diagnosed Primary CNS B-Cell Lymphoma , University of Kansas
  • INCB - A Phase II, Open-label, Single-arm, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of INCB054828 in Subjects with Advanced/Metastatic or Surgically Unresectable Cholangiocarcinoma Including FGFR2 Translocations Who Failed Previous Therapy , University of Kansas
  • SGN 22E-002 (Seattle Genetics) – A Phase 2b Dose-Escalation and Dose-Expansion Study of Enfortumab Vedotin (ASG-22CE) in Combination with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor 9CPI Therapy for Treatment of Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer , University of Kansas, PI
  • Trametinib at progression in patients with advanced BRAFV600mutant melanomaEAY6134 , University of Kansas
  • White, W., A, White, W., L, Shapiro, P., E. 2003. Combined endoscopic medial and inferior orbital decompression with transcutaneous lateral orbital decompression in Graves' orbitopathy.. Ophthalmology, 110 (9), 1827-32
  • Karger, R., A, White, W., A, Park, W., C, Rosales, A., G, McLaren, J., W, Olson, E., J, Woog, J., J. 2006. Prevalence of floppy eyelid syndrome in obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome.. Ophthalmology, 113 (9), 1669-74
  • Park, W., C, White, W., A, Woog, J., J, Garrity, J., A, Kim, Y., D, Lane, J, Witte, R, Babovic-Vuksanovic, D. 2006. The role of high-resolution computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of isolated orbital neurofibromas.. American journal of ophthalmology, 142 (3), 456-63
  • White, W., A, Mohney, B., G, Woog, J., J. 2007. Cavernous sinus meningioma presenting as intermittent exotropia in a 2-year-old girl.. Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie, 42 (2), 341
  • Hickman, M., S, White, W., L, White, W., A. 2010. Illustrations as a patient education tool to improve recall of postoperative cataract medication regimens in the developing world.. Hawaii medical journal, 69 (9), 212-5
  • Sebold, C, Roeder, E, Zimmerman, M, Soileau, B, Heard, P, Carter, E, Schatz, M, White, W., A, Perry, B, Reinker, K, O'Donnell, L, Lancaster, J, Li , J, Hasi, M, Hill, A, Pankratz, L, Hale, D., E, Cody, J., D. 2010. Tetrasomy 18p: report of the molecular and clinical findings of 43 individuals.. American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 152A (9), 2164-72
  • White, W., A, Schatz, M., P, Sebold, C, Hale, D., E, Cody, J. 2011. Ophthalmic manifestations of tetrasomy 18p.. Journal of AAPOS : the official publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 15 (3), 268-71
  • White, W., A, White, W., L. 2016. Successfully Incorporating Trainees in Medical Missions.. Missouri medicine, 113 (4), 258-259