Kendall Donaldson, MD, MS

Kendall Donaldson, MD, MS is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and cornea specialist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. DOnaldson completed her residency training and cornea/external disease fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 2004. Prior to residency training, she completed a master’s degree in Anatomy and Physiology and managed the laboratory courses for the pre-professional program at the University of Maryland. During her ophthalmology training, Dr. Donaldson pursued a certificate program in Management through the Wharton School for Business preparing me to become the Medical Director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the Plantation satellite upon its opening in November of 2004. Since that time, the satellite has grown to include 16 doctors who rotate through the facility providing patients with a full spectrum of ophthalmic services including the highly specialized care available at the Ocular Surface Center in Plantation.

In addition to caring for her patients, Dr. Donaldson enjoys working with the residents and fellows and became co-director of the cornea fellowship in 2013. She continues to enjoy teaching surgical skills and working on research projects with the residents and fellows on a daily basis. Dr. Donaldson travels both nationally and internationally to deliver more than one hundred lectures each year on cataract surgery and corneal disease, has authored a variety of peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and organizes and moderates annual meetings at Bascom Palmer at a national and international level, as well as serves on several AAO and ASCRS committees. Since 2015, Dr. Donaldson has directed the national resident phacoemulsification courses for 2nd and 3rd year U.S. residents for ASCRS, ALCON, and Jobson publishing. Dr. Donaldson has received many awards including Ocular Surgery News Top 300 doctors each year, Florida Superdoctors, Leading Physicians of the World, and the MillenialEye Outstanding Female Leader Award in 2016.

Dr. Donaldson has had an interest in refractive surgery since elementary school. “Growing up as a -13 D myope with thick glasses who then transitioned to rigid contact lenses at age 12, I feel that my early years in glasses sparked my interest in medicine and in vision correction procedures and helped shape my personality and my career,” states Dr. Donaldson. “I can truly understand the struggles of vision limitations and the joy of making a difference through refractive surgery.”

Dr. Donaldson’s primary research interests are in the area of advancements in cataract surgery, and in particular, laser-assisted cataract surgery and severe ocular surface disease. She performs various types of corneal transplantation procedures, laser vision correction procedures, ocular surface reconstruction, and cataract surgery.

In her free time, Dr. Donaldson enjoys spending time with her family in Florida, playing tennis, paddle boarding, and playing the piano with her 3 children.


Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


8100 SW 10th Street, Crossroads 3, Suite #3000

Plantation, FL 33324 USA

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