MEET OUR PHYSICIANS

KAMMI B. GUNTON M.D.

Dr. Gunton completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University, earning a B.S. in biological sciences. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1995. She then ventured to the east coast for an internal medicine internship at University of Pennsylvania Hospital and her ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Gunton was captivated by working with children and pursued a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship under the direction of Joseph H. Calhoun M.D. at Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr. Gunton has worked for St. Christopher's Hospital for Children as a pediatric ophthalmologist and surgeon for several years. She joined Dr. Calhoun in his practice of pediatric ophthalmology in July 2003, and continues his practice since his retirement in June 2007.

Dr. Gunton has published several articles including topics such as congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction, turned out eyes (exotropia), crossed eyes (esotropia), surgical technique reviews, genetic eye diseases and case reports of interest to other pediatric ophthalmologists.

She is a devoted wife and mother of three children, as well as a caring and skillful physician.



JOSEPH H. CALHOUN M.D.
(07/29/36 - 11/17/08)

Dr. Joe, as many of his patients fondly called him, earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1962. He served in the Air Force for two years and then completed an Ophthalmology Residency at Wills Eye Hospital. He was the first Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellow trained at Wills Eye Hospital, under the mentorship of Robison D. Harley, MD. Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Dr. Calhoun became first the Co-Director, and then the Director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Department at Wills Eye Hospital, from which he retired in June 2007.

Over the years Dr. Calhoun was very active with Project ORBIS, taking his surgical and teaching skills to many third world countries. Some of these countries include China, Thailand, Peru, Mali, Kazakstan and Jamaica. In March of 2004 Dr. Calhoun recieved the Humanitarian Service Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology. He was selected for this award due to his extended participation in international medical missions. With Project ORBIS Dr. Joe shared his dedication to fighting childhood amblyopia, strabismus and blindness with many indigent patients in developing nations who otherwise would not have had the benefits of ophthalmic care.

In addition to his international contributions to ophthalmology, Dr. Calhoun was also known among the medical community as one of our nation's best physicians. In the March 1996 issue of American Health magazine, (circulation 1,000,689) he was ranked as one of the nation's best doctors as selected by their peers. He was awarded this honor again for 2003 - 2004.

Much of his career was dedicated to the teaching and training of residents and fellows. To this end he co-authored or contributed to several ophthalmology textbooks, including A Child's Eyes, the "Best Medical Book of the Year" as determined by the American Medical Writers Association (1999). Click on "Publications" for more details.

Dr. Calhoun served as the President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the national organization for Pediatric Ophthalmologists. He was also recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2003, receiving the "Senior Achievement Award" from them 'for many years of distinguished service in the progress of their Society.'

Dr. Calhoun retired from the practice of medicine on June 30th, 2007 and passed away on November 17th, 2008. He entrusted the ongoing care of his patients to Dr. Gunton.

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