Our Doctors

Our doctors at Durrie Vision are among the most experienced and respected vision correction surgeons in the country. Together they have performed tens of thousands of refractive vision correction procedures. Annually they are invited to present papers and teach courses at the major national and international meetings, due to their reputation as leaders and innovators in their field. They are all board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and are fellowship trained in cornea and vision correction surgery.

Fellowship Program

As the clinical professor of the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Ophthalmology Department, Dr. Daniel Durrie has a Fellow in residence each year. The fellowship is a post-residency training period of one year in the subspecialty of refractive surgery, which allows a physician to develop a particular expertise in laser and surgical vision correction.

Please take a moment to learn about our doctors in the sections below, and contact our vision care practice for more information.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Daniel Durrie

Internationally renowned refractive surgeon, Daniel S. Durrie, MD has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Refractive Surgeons in America and one of the Fifty Most Influential Ophthalmologists in the World. Dr. Durrie is the only refractive surgeon in the Great Plains to receive the honor of being named one of Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors every year since its inception and Best Doctors in America for 12 consecutive years. With more than 30 years of experience in refractive and corneal surgery, he has dedicated his career to being a pioneer in refractive surgery technology and procedures.

Dr. Durrie received his medical doctorate and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Nebraska, graduating with distinction. He was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society for students graduating in the top ten percent of their class. Post residency, he completed a Corneal Fellowship with Filkins Eye Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a board certified ophthalmologist and serves as a clinical professor and Director of Refractive Surgery Services at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In addition, he has been a Director of the Ophthalmic Refractive Surgery Fellowship program since 1987.

Dr. Durrie founded the Nebraska Lions Eyebank in 1979 and served as the Medical Director (1979-1989). He was also a founding member of the Sunrise Lions Club in Omaha NE. Dr. Durrie served on the Board of Directors of Eyebank Association of America (1982-1988). He served on the board of directors of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (1985-present).

Dr. Durrie, founder and president of Durrie Vision, has built a world class surgery center housing a variety of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies available. He has performed over 45,000 refractive procedures in his career and welcomes patients from all over the United States as well as other countries. Durrie Vision is also a prominent research facility that complements Kansas City’s Life Sciences community as a partner in biological research.

Dr. Durrie’s passion is research and innovation. Durrie Vision Research plays a pivotal role in vision correction technology advancement and is one of the few centers in the country to be chosen to conduct FDA clinical trials. Dr. Durrie has been involved as an investigator or medical monitor of nearly every clinical trial that led to FDA approval of the laser technology and procedures used in laser vision correction today. He has participated in over 150 FDA clinical studies and continually conducts his own research to refine and enhance the individual outcomes for the patient. Dr. Durrie trains surgeons from around the world on new surgical procedures and techniques. By being at the forefront of research, Dr. Durrie’s patients benefit not only from his knowledge of the outcomes of clinical trials, but also what is currently in the research queue for future advancements in vision correction.

Scientific articles and papers by Dr. Durrie have appeared in hundreds of professional medical publications. He serves on the editorial board for Ocular Surgery News (Section Editor), The Journal of Corneal and Refractive Surgery, Review of Ophthalmology, AAO EyeNet and Refractive Eye Care for Ophthalmologists. Dr. Durrie has given hundreds of presentations to professional organizations throughout the world.

As a way of giving back to the community, Dr. Durrie is the founding member and Medical Director of Focus on Independence, an organization dedicated to providing no-cost vision correction surgery to people with spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Durrie is committed to excellence for each patient, and for the refractive surgery industry as a whole. His belief is that every patient deserves the very best result. By participating in research, investigating the next best procedure and sharing his experience, knowledge and passion with other surgeons, he believes he will accomplish this task.

Dr. Durrie and his wife Anne, enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandsons. Their daughter, Erin Durrie Stahl, MD, recently completed her ophthalmology residency and fellowship.

Jason E. Stahl, MD

Dr. Jason Stahl specializes in laser vision correction and refractive lens procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Dr. Stahl was recently recognized as a 2013 Kansas City super doctor. He has also been named a leader and innovator in the field of refractive surgery by Premier Surgeon Magazine. He is a board certified ophthalmologist and member of the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Stahl earned his medical doctorate, graduating with honors, and completed his internship at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He continued his training with a three-year ophthalmology residency at Scott & White Hospital at Texas A&M University, where he was named chief resident. Following completion of his residency, Dr. Stahl completed a fellowship in refractive surgery with Daniel S. Durrie, MD at Hunkeler Eye Centers in Kansas City.

Dr. Stahl joined Durrie Vision in 2003, a premier ophthalmology practice in the heart of the country. Durrie Vision, located in Overland Park, Kansas, is a leading refractive surgery center housing a variety of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies available today. Durrie Vision is also a prominent research facility that has played a significant role in the advancement of laser vision correction technology. Dr. Stahl heads up the refractive lens department, providing care and improved vision with refractive lens exchange surgery for patients with early cataracts, cataract surgery for patients with cataracts and phakic intraocular lens surgery for nearsighted (myopic) patients who are not candidates for LASIK or other refractive procedures.

Dr. Stahl is active in ophthalmic research and has played significant investigator roles during numerous FDA clinical trials. His research data and opinions have been published in many professional medical journals. In addition, Dr. Stahl has been a patient himself, having undergone laser vision correction surgery in 2001.

Dr. Stahl has been recognized as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists and is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Society of Refractive Surgery and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Stahl enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Erin Stahl, and his sons, Christian, Joshua, and Luke as well as playing golf and reading presidential biographies.

Jason P. Brinton, MD

Jason P. Brinton, MD specializes in refractive lens exchange and laser vision correction procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. He recently completed his fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery under joint appointment with Durrie Vision and the University of Kansas / Department Chairman John E. Sutphin, Jr., MD.

Dr. Brinton recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching award, graduated from Harvard University and received his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School. During his medical training he served as President of the Harvard Chapter of the Massachusetts Medical Society and sat for one term on the governing board of the New England Journal of Medicine. He completed his transitional year internship at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT and ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

As a third-generation ophthalmologist, Dr. Brinton grew up witnessing and understanding the precious gift of restored vision that his father’s and grandfather’s patients experienced. His grandfather, Sherman S. Brinton, MD, participated in the first cornea transplant in the State of Utah. His father, Gregory S. Brinton, MD, is the founding partner of Retina Associates of Utah.

Dr. Brinton first developed an interest in refractive surgery while living in Moscow, Russia from 1997-1999. During that time he became acquainted with Svyatoslav N. Fyodorov, MD, whose early success with radial keratotomy sparked a wave of interest that led to the modern field of refractive surgery.

A love of research led Dr. Brinton to publish scientific articles in several ophthalmology journals, including American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He recently served as a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology. Dr. Brinton is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

Before focusing his career on refractive lens implant surgery and laser vision correction, a fascination with business and government led Dr. Brinton through positions with firms McKinsey & Co. and JP Morgan (mergers & acquisitions division). He also served as a White House Intern.

Dr. Brinton speaks fluent Russian and is passionate about studying Russian literature and culture. He lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife Jami Palmer Brinton and two children, Jackson and Kate. The Brintons enjoy tennis, skiing, boating, and travel.

Kelly F. Grosdidier OD

Kelly F. Grosdidier, OD received his optometric degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry. While attending, he received three Letter of Clinical Excellence awards from the College. Dr. Grosdidier continued his medical training with an internship in ocular disease at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma and an internship in primary eye care at Ft. Riley Army Base in Ft. Riley, Kansas.

Dr. Grosdidier joined Durrie Vision in 1999 and is certified to provide complete pre- and post-operative refractive surgery care. Dr. Grosdidier coordinates all day-of-surgery care for refractive surgery patients. He is actively involved with clinical research trials at Durrie Vision. Dr. Grosdidier is a favorite of Durrie Vision patients for his caring manner and his sincere interest in their eye health.

Active in the medical community, Dr. Grosdidier is a member of the Greater Kansas City Optometric Society. Dr. Grosdidier and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Kansas City since 1994, and have two daughters, Mandy and Macy.

For Dr. Grosdidier’s complete Curriculum Vitae, click here.

Erin Durrie Stahl, MD

Dr. Erin Durrie Stahl is a pediatric consultant for Durrie Vision. She recently completed a two-year refractive surgery fellowship at Durrie Vision, as well as a one-year Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she served as Chief Resident. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine first in her class.

Dr. Stahl has a keen interest is pediatric ophthalmology. By combining her experience and research in refractive surgery she hopes to research what might be possible to help the youngest patients with severe vision loss.

Dr. Stahl is the daughter of Dr. Daniel Durrie and is married to Dr. Jason Stahl. They have three young sons, Christian, Joshua and Luke.

For Dr. Erin Stahl’s complete Curriculum Vitae, click here.

Michele Avila, OD

drmicheleDr. Michele Avila is the newest doctor to join the Durrie Vision team. She is a native of Wichita, Kansas and is a die-hard Jayhawks fan. She is actively involved in research and clinical trials, and she is certified to provide complete pre- and post-operative refractive surgery care in the clinic. Dr. Avila is passionate about research and the advancement of ophthalmic medicine and technology.

Dr. Avila received her Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. She is also an alumna of The University of Kansas where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology. After obtaining her optometric degree, she continued her training with an ocular disease residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Avila also did internships with the Whiteriver Indian Hospital in Whiteriver, Arizona and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Avila is a member of the American Optometric Association, Kansas Optometric Association, Optometric Society of Greater Kansas City, and the American Academy of Optometry. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her dachshund, Jax.

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