Alon Kahana, MD, PhD
Dr. Kahana was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and grew up in Connecticut. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at Brandeis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Dr. Kahana received his MD (with Honors) as well as a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology and a prestigious ASOPRS fellowship in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Wisconsin under the preceptorship of Dr. Mark Lucarelli. He simultaneously completed a facial cosmetic surgery fellowship under the preceptorship of Dr. Brad Lemke. Dr. Kahana’s fellowship thesis won the prestigious Marvin Quickert Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
In 2007, Dr. Kahana was recruited to the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, where he rose up the ranks to become tenured faculty, with an international reputation in orbital surgery – particularly thyroid eye disease – and pediatric oculoplastics – particularly blepharophimosis and congenital ptosis. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, multiple book chapters and reviews, and has given >100 lectures throughout the United States and internationally, including several endowed lectures and visiting professorships. He has served in numerous leadership positions, including as President of the North American Society of Academic Orbital Surgeons (NASAOS) and Chair of the Thesis Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee for ASOPRS. He is also a Program Director for his own ASOPRS fellowship.
Dr. Kahana’s research has been awarded grants from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, as well as philanthropic organizations and industry. Dr. Kahana was awarded career development and physician awards from Research to Prevent Blindness, and has run a major prospective clinical trial on the treatment of advanced orbital and periocular basal cell carcinoma. While moving his clinical practice to Consultants in Ophthalmic & Facial Plastic Surgery (COFPS), Dr. Kahana will maintain his lab and continue his research efforts.
Dr. Kahana is a noted educator, and has won resident teaching awards at both the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin. At COFPS, Dr. Kahana will continue to guide new generations of doctors as a mentor to students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Kahana’s Particular Areas of Interest:
- Thyroid Eye Disease
- Orbital Tumors
- Vascular Tumors
- Congenital Ptosis
- Periocular Cancer (Basal Cell/Squamous Cell)
- Post-Mohs’ Eyelid and Canthal Reconstruction
- Socket Reconstruction
- Complications from Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
- Facial Nerve Palsy