Set­ting His Sights On Eye Care

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Where did you re c e i v e y o ur school­ing and train­ing, and how long have you been in prac­tice?

I at­tended Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity for both un­der­grad­u­ate and med­i­cal school, then com­pleted my res­i­dency in oph­thal­mol­ogy at the Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity in Washington, D.C.

I then spent an ad­di­tional year (cornea fel­low­ship) at Tufts-New Eng­land Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, to spe­cial­ize in corneal dis­eases and surgery, in­clud­ing corneal trans­plants. I’ve been prac­tic­ing oph­thal­mol­ogy in Hawai‘i for more than 25 years.

I first be­came in­ter­ested in oph­thal­mol­ogy in high school when I at­tended a sym­po­sium that fea­tured physi­cians of dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ties that dis­cussed the joys, chal­lenges and ex­peri of medicine.

Oph­thal­mol­ogy “caught my eye,” as it in­volved small de­tailed mi­cro­surgery and math.

I founded the Hawai‘i Fu­ture Physi­cian’s Sym­po­sium 13 years ago for high school stu­dents statewide that are in­ter­ested in medicine. The event fea­tures a panel of physi­cians and med­i­cal stu­dents and a $500 schol­ar­ship awarded to one at­tend­ing stu­dent.

We now have panel mem­bers who were once in the au­di­ence as high school stu­dents, which is very re­ward­ing.

about your role at EyeSight Hawai i.

I am t he f ounder and

Dr. John Olkowski con­ducts an eye exam in his Honolulu of­fice.

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