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Robert M Kinast, MD

Robert M. Kinast, M.D.

Clinical Scientist, Legacy Research Institute
Associate Director, Glaucoma Fellowship, Legacy Devers Eye Institute
Clinical Associate Professor, OHSU Casey Eye Institute

503-413-6453   |  Email: rkinast@lhs.org

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Short Bio:

Robert M. Kinast MD is a glaucoma surgeon, Associate Director of the Glaucoma Fellowship, and Residency Site Director at the Devers Eye Institute. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute and past winner of the Casey Eye Residency Faculty Teaching Award.

He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Inteflex Program (combined B.A./M.D. program) in Ann Arbor, followed by internship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He completed sub-specialty training in glaucoma at the Devers Eye Institute.

Dr. Kinast’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Glaucoma Society (AGS). He was awarded an AGS Mentoring for the Advancement of Physician Scientists Award based on an eye drop delivery aid and bottle. He developed a smart eye drop adherence monitor with engineers from Oregon State University via an NIH Small Business Technology Transfer award. His team has won an OHSU Biomedical Innovation Program Award for a novel tube implant. He previously led a liquid chromatography laboratory in conjunction with chemists from Portland State University to study the compounding and storage of mitomycin C. Dr. Kinast holds 4 patents with several others pending.

Prior to medicine Dr. Kinast worked in business development at UConnections.com and briefly at DiamondCluster International, a strategy consulting firm. He studied the Anthropology of Religion at the University of Michigan and Oxford University.

Research Interests:

  • Medical Devices
  • Medication adherence
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Medication Compounding
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma

Publication Highlights:

Novel Eye Drop Delivery Aid Improves Outcomes and Satisfaction
Sanchez FG, Mansberger SL, Kung Y, Gardiner SK, Burgoyne CF, Cunningham Jr ET, Rees JP, Jones EP, Kinast RM.
Ophthalmol Glaucoma. 2021 Jan 12;S2589-4196(21)00011-9

Glaucoma Adherence - from Theriac to the future (Editorial).
Kinast RM and Mansberger SL.
American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2018 Jul: xiii-xv.

The degradation of mitomycin under various storage methods.
Kinast RM, Akula KK, Barker GD, DeBarber A, Whitson E, Mansberger SL. Journal of Glaucoma. 2016 Jun: 477-481.

Concentration Accuracy of Compounded Mitomycin C for Ophthalmic Surgery.
Kinast RM, Akula KK, Mansberger SL, Barker GD, Gardiner SK, Whitson E, DeBarber A. JAMA Ophthalmology. 2016 Feb: 191-195.