Although I was born and raised in Washington D.C., I now consider myself a Kansan. My interest in Ophthalmology began when, as a college student, I witnessed cataract surgery. At that moment, seeing what an incredible impact that had on a patient’s life, I knew that was the career for me. But, I also found out it was not an easy career path.
Training to Become a Retina Specialist
After graduation from the University of Dayton, I attended medical school at the University of Virginia. Graduation from medical school is just the beginning of the process. I then entered my Ophthalmology training after completing a year of a medical internship at the University. I completed three years of Ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Virginia. While I could have begun practicing as a general Ophthalmologist, I had a passion for teaching and learning more about diseases of the retina. To accomplish that, I pursued two years of additional training, known as a fellowship, at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Finally, after 10 YEARS of training, I was ready to begin work!
I was hired at the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor and Director of Residency Training. While at KU, I participated in several important clinical research trials (including Lucentis and AMD trial) and also developed a training program to teach doctors to become retina specialists. I was promoted to Professor and Chairman where I was responsible for managing the budget, hiring doctors, and ensuring that the residents were properly trained.
After serving five years as Chairman, I was ready to pursue a new direction. I missed the daily contact with patients and wanted to get back to the feeling I had as that college student!
Warren Retina Associates Begins
Overland Park and nearby Kansas City has proven to be a great place to raise a family. This community offers a high quality of life, and the people are second to none. This is truly one of the country’s best kept secrets. This made my choice of where to pursue my new direction very easy. Warren Retina Associates was started here in 2005.
My biggest accomplishment has been raising three wonderful children, who I have watched blossom into happy and successful adults (including an Ophthalmologist in training!). My next biggest accomplishment has been serving as an Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
My favorite things in life are family, travel, and KU basketball. Although I’ve travelled to a lot of places, hands down, my favorite destination in the world is Hawaii. The beauty of the crystal water and majestic landscape is staggering! Watching a game in Allen Fieldhouse is pretty spectacular too!
Keith Warren, M.D.
Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Overland Park and Kansas City