About the Doctors:
Geoffrey V. Cecchi, M.D. - Bio Coming Soon
William J. Durant, M.D. - Dr. William Durant grew up in Wisconsin. He graduated from the University Of Wisconsin with his undergraduate degree in economics. He then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee obtaining his medical degree and completing his internship. Following this he did an Ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He then did a two year fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois Chicago.
He joined the faculty at University of Arizona in the Ophthalmology Department was the Chief of Staff of the Ophthalmology Section of the VA Medical Center in Tucson.
He has been with Sierra Eye Associates since June 1990.
Dr Durant is married with one son. He enjoys spending time with his family and walking his dogs.
Michael L. Stanko, M.D. - Dr Michael Stanko, born in South Dakota, spent most of his childhood in White Pine County Nevada. He graduated from White Pine County High School, (Ely, NV) in 1973. He graduated from the University of Nevada Reno in 1978 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. From 1978 to 1982 he served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1982 at the rank of Captain.
From 1982 to 1984 he worked as a chemical engineer at Hercules Aerospace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr Stanko returned from Utah to attend the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine from 1984 to 1988, graduating 4th in his class and elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for his academic excellence. Following an internal medicine internship at Reno Veterans Administration Hospital and Washoe Medical Center, Dr Stanko attended the University of Arizona for his Ophthalmology Residency. He then completed a one year glaucoma fellowship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California in 1993.
Dr Stanko joined Sierra Eye Associates in 1993. Since then he has practiced as Northern Nevada's only fellowship trained glaucoma specialist. He has completed over 3,000 complex glaucoma surgeries and 10,000 cataract surgeries while practicing in Reno. He has also completed over 5,000 in office glaucoma and after cataract laser procedures. Dr Stanko also served for four years as the Chairman of the ophthalmology departments at both Renown Regional Medical Center and Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.
Dr Stanko and his wife Paula have two children. He enjoys multiple outdoor activities that the great state of Nevada offers.
Alan Johnson, M.D. - Dr Johnson graduated magna cum laude from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine in 1982. After a surgical internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, he served as a general medical officer for three years in the US Navy. He then did his Ophthalmology residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital followed by a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Children's Hospital National Medical Center under the tutelage of Dr Marshall Parks. He returned to Bethesda Naval Hospital where he was the director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus service for four years. He left the Navy in 1994 with the rank of Commander and joined Sierra Eye Associates that year.
His specialty is treatment of pediatric eye conditions and surgery for adult strabismus. He provides screening eye examinations for premature infants at Renown Medical Center and is on staff at both Renown and St Mary's regional Medical Center. He is involved with teaching and research at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine. He also serves as an examiner for the Board of Ophthalmology oral exams.
Gregory L. Cohen, M.D. - Dr Gregory L Cohen, MD is a board certified comprehensive ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery with advanced lens implant techniques. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University he received his medical doctorate from New York Medical College, followed by a residency at the University of Arizona where he served as chief resident. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, member of the Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Nevada State Ophthalmological Society, and the Washoe County Medical Society.
When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and playing the guitar.
Pauline H. Hong, M.D. - Pauline Hong, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in pediatric eye conditions as well as adult cases of double vision and strabismus (eye misalignment).
Dr. Hong was born in Chicago and received her bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She developed a particular interest in eye conditions as a medical student, receiving ophthalmology honors and the Stronberg Award in ophthalmology upon graduation from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. She completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital before residency training in ophthalmology at The Eye Institute in Wisconsin. Dr. Hong then completed a fellowship specifically for pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Hong contributed to clinical research and resident teaching, and co-authored multiple publications including the description of a new retinal disease published in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology in 1996.
Dr. Hong joined Sierra Eye Associates in 2002. Soon after her arrival in Reno, she advocated and gave lectures to medical staff regarding a new oxygen protocol proven to help prevent severe retinopathy in premature infants. Since implementation of this more strict oxygen protocol, both St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center have had a significant reduction in the rate of blindness in children from premature birth.
Dr. Hong co-wrote the chapter on strabismus surgery in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, a nationally recognized textbook widely used by pediatric ophthalmologists. This chapter also appears in Handbook of Pediatric Strabismus and Amblyopia, a book written for general ophthalmologists.
Dr. Arshad Khanani - Dr Khanani is a fellowship trained vitreoretinal specialist and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Khanani graduated magna cum laude in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelors and Masters Degree. While at Washington University, he was honored with the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Award.
Dr. Khanani then returned to Texas, and obtained his medical degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine. He received multiple awards during his medical training, including several research awards.
After finishing his internship at the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Khanani completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Texas Tech School of Medicine. During his residency, he was unanimously elected as Chief Resident.
Dr. Khanani attended the University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for a two year fellowship in medical and surgical treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases. He has served as a co-investigator for several clinical trials in retinal diseases. Dr Khanani has been published in multiple peer-reviewed articles in all the major ophthalmology journals.
Dr. Khanani specializes in the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment surgery, pediatric retinal surgery and other vitreo-retinal diseases. He has extensive experience in suture-less micro incision vitrectomy surgery.
When not working, Dr. Khanani enjoys spending time with his wife Naz and daughter Zoha.
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