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 50,000 refractive procedures in his career and welcomes patients from all over the United States as well as other countries.
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, is an ophthalmologist, fellowship trained in both refractive surgery and pediatric ophthalmology.