Meet Our Doctors

John Wilkins, M.D.

Dr. John Wilkins earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University in California, and his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He went on to an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Providence Hospital & Medical Center in Portland. Dr. Wilkins then continued his training with a Residency in Ophthalmology at Oregon Health Sciences University before completing a Fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Uveitis at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation of the University of California, San Francisco.

A Diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Board of Internal Medicine and National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Wilkins has been President of The Eye Clinic since 2002. He is also the Co-Medical Director of the Oregon Lion’s Eye Bank, a member of the Accreditation Board for the Eye Bank Association of America and the only ophthalmologist on the Oregon Commission for the Blind. Dr. Wilkins is an active educator as well, serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Oregon Health Sciences University since 1997.


Elizabeth K. Donohue, M.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Donohue earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She received her medical degree magna cum laude from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Donohue continued her training with an Internship at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, and a Residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. She then completed Fellowships in Glaucoma at both the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Chicago Eye Institute.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Donohue is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles as well as a prolific presenter and lecturer at medical conferences and universities. In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Oregon Medical Association and Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology.


John Samples, M.D.

Dr. John Samples practices as a Glaucoma Consultant at The Eye Clinic while also maintaining an ophthalmology practice in Olympia, Washington. Previously, he was Professor of Ophthalmology at the Oregon Health and Sciences University and the Casey Eye Institute in Portland. He was also Director of medical student ophthalmic education at OHSU for more than 20 years. He is now an Emeritus Professor with OHSU and a Clinical Professor at Rocky Vista University in Parker, Colorado, and serves as a Director of the Western Glaucoma Foundation.

Dr. Samples earned his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology from Stanford University, his master’s degree in Neurobiology from Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He continued his training with Residencies in Neurology and Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, where he was Chief Resident in Ophthalmology. Dr. Samples then completed a Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease and in Glaucoma, both at OHSU.

Since joining The Eye Clinic in January 2008, Dr. Samples has been working to develop several new glaucoma-related drugs and surgical procedures. He is also quite engaged in fundraising for the Western Glaucoma Foundation. Dr. Samples has a particular interest in establishing an eye hospital in Madagascar, for which he and his wife have provided monthly teleconferences on glaucoma.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Samples has been actively involved within the professional community, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Glaucoma Society and American Society for Cell Biology. He has given a course on the Cell Biology of Glaucoma at over 20 annual AAO meetings and has received numerous awards including the AAO Senior Achievement Award and the AAO Honor Award. For the last 11 years, Dr. Samples has organized numerous meetings including an annual mini fellowship in glaucoma held in Napa Valley under the sponsorship of University of California, San Francisco, and a Trabecular Meshwork Study Club held annually in conjunction with the American Society for Cell Biology.

Dr. Samples lectures extensively in the United States and has also presented in countries around the world. He organized the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting as the chair of the society’s education committee. In addition, he has 149 peer-reviewed publications to his credit as well as numerous book chapters and abstracts.

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