Dr. Kirschner got her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1983. She did her internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, and after a year in general practice in upstate New York, moved to Ames, Iowa for her ophthalmology residency training. She became board certified in ophthalmology in 1989. After doing a fellowship in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, she joined the Animal Medical Center, this time as staff ophthalmologist, where she practiced ophthalmology and taught interns and foreign veterinarians. She left New York to return home to Portland in 1993, and has been practicing ophthalmology in Portland, Oregon since 1994. The Animal Eye Doctor is located at the Veterinary Referral Center of Portland in Cedar Hills.
Dr. Kirschner's interests in ophthalmology are wide-ranging. Her research has been in the area of the cornea; she has written textbook chapters on the cornea, eyelids, and exotic ophthalmology, and has published over 20 articles in both veterinary and human ophthalmic journals. She is active in the American College of Ophthalmologists, and has sat on the examination committee and was chairperson of the Research Grants Committee for ten years. Clinically she is an experienced surgeon and has been doing intraocular lens implantation and phacoemulsification cataract surgery since 1989, as well as many other types of surgery. Medically she is especially interested in challenging diseases such as chronic ocular discharge and inflammation, and chronic corneal ulceration, and in feline and exotic ophthalmology.
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