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Charles W Kinnaird, OD, FAAO

Chief, Optometry Section
Residency Program Director

Hospital Appointment: 1995



Academic Background:

B.A., 1989, West Virginia University

O.D., 1994, Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry

Residency, 1995, Hospital Based Optometry and Low Vision Rehabilitation, West Side and Hines VA, Chicago. IL


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Dr. Kinnaird has been on staff at the Jesse Brown VAMC (formerly known as West Side) since completing his residency in 1995. In addition to acting as an attending in the clinic where he teaches the residents and students in both a clinical and didactic setting.

After attaining his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (F.A.A.O.) he became active in the Disease Section and the Illinois Chapter. While part of the Disease Section he held positions as the Chair of the Section, Program Chair as well as the Coordinator of the Annual Photography Contest. Also he has been a member of the Executive Council of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry and is a former Past-President of the Chapter.  Currently he is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Chapters Committee for the Academy.

Dr. Kinnaird is also very active in the National Board of Optometric Examiners (NBEO). He served as a Clinical Skills Examiner from 1999-2011, and now acts as a Remote Examiner for Part 3 of Boards.  He also serves as an item writer for the Advance Competency in Medical Optometry (ACMO) exam, and has been involved in the creation of the Injections Skill of the Clinical Skills Exam.

He has been an invited lecturer on both the local and national level on various topics of Ocular Disease.

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