About the Doctors
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.
Kevin Gamett, M.D.
Dr Kevin Gamett is a fellowship trained glaucoma surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive glaucoma procedures, laser therapies and glaucoma shunts. He also specializes in advanced cataract surgical techniques and management of the diseases of the anterior segment.
Dr. Gamett is a native Nevadan and attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Virginia, where he also served as a chief resident. Dr Gamett then attended the University of Colorado for a fellowship in medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma.
Dr Gamett is delighted to return to Reno and is looking forward to serving the people of Northern Nevada by providing excellent glaucoma care.
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.
Pauline 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.
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.
Arshad Khanani M.D, M.A
Managing Partner/Director of Clinical Trials, Sierra Eye Associates
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Dr. Khanani is a fellowship trained vitreo-retinal specialist and is certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology. He graduated magna cum laude in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelors and Masters degree. While at Washington University, Dr. Khanani was honored with The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Award.
Dr. Khanani then returned home to Texas and obtained his medical degree at Texas Tech School of Medicine where he received several prestigious research awards.After finishing his internship at 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 the medical and surgical treatment of vitreo-retinal diseases.
Due to his strong interest in clinical research, Dr. Khanani has served as a principal investigator for several clinical trials. His articles have been published in numerous ophthalmology journals.Dr. Khanani has also presented his work at major ophthalmology meetings worldwide and has been invited multiple times as a guest speaker nationally and internationally.
Dr. Khanani has received numerous awards of distinction including The Patients’ Choice Award and The Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award. He has also been consistently named one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists and has also been included in an edition of The Leading Physicians of the World publication.