Physicians: Dr. Maurice E. John
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Specialties: Refractive and Cataract Surgery


Dr. Maurice John is a true pioneer in LASIK surgery and is the founder of John-Kenyon. He is among the most well-known and respected ophthalmologists in the world and is widely credited for bringing LASIK to the Louisville-area. Dr. John has studied and taught eye surgery in 15 countries bringing his expertise to doctors throughout the world.


His many firsts include performing the first PRK procedure in Sao Paaulo, Brazil where he moved his laser in the early 1990’s, performing the first LASIK in Kentucky and Indiana in 1996 (and one of the first in the United States) and implanting the first Artisan lens for cataract surgery in 1997


A native of Des Moines, Dr. John went to medical school at the University of Iowa before completing an internship at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University and his residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


When he’s not practicing, Dr. John can be found cheering on the Louisville Cardinals with his wife, competing in bike races throughout the country, hitting the slopes to ski and traveling.


Did you know? Dr. John’s father was a NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Coach at Drake University where he took the team to the Final Four in 1969 and was later named NCAA Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Writers Association.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? "I get to help people see which makes it really enjoyable to come to work.”


What inspired you to become an ophthalmologist? "I was inspired to become an OD after working out with a friend who was an ophthalmology resident in medical school at Iowa. I asked him about the field and he lit up. He told me how they did incredible microsurgery to restore site. I got into the field at a time when technology was exploding and I was fortunate enough to jump on the crest of that wave early and ride it all the way to current developments. Now we’ve done things that were not even imaginable when I was going through residency. It’s been an amazing field to be a part of.

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