Alon Kahana MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Clinical Interests:

Orbital diseases, including tumors, cancer, and thyroid-related eye disease, as well as small-incision facial cosmetic surgery and complex eyelid reconstructive surgery; Adults and children with oculofacial disorders

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U of M Ophthalmology

Kellogg Eye Center - Ann Arbor
1000 Wall St
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2001


  • University of Wisconsin Hospital, Ophthalmology, WI, 2005


  • Oculoplastics and reconstructive surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 2007

Board Certification

  • Ophthalmology


The biology and developmental genetics of extraocular muscles and neural crest-derived stem cells in the orbit and their importance in orbital cancer, craniofacial syndromes, congenital eye disorders and thyroid-related eye disease


Alon Kahana, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, is the Helmut F. Stern Career Development Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Kahana earned a doctorate in molecular genetics and cell biology and his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in ophthalmology and a dual fellowship in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery and facial cosmetic surgery at the University of Wisconsin. He completed postdoctoral research training at the University of Chicago and at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Kahana’s research interests include the biology, developmental genetics and regeneration of extraocular muscles and neural crest-derived stem cells in and around the eye. His goal is to utilize clinically driven basic science research to develop novel diagnostic and treatment modalities for diseases such as cancer, thyroid-related eye disease, strabismic disorders, and craniofacial syndromes. In addition, he has an active surgical practice focusing on eyelid, lacrimal, and orbital disorders in both adults and children.

He has mentored students, residents and postdoctoral fellows; has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters; and serves as editor for the Orbital Disease section of Byron Smith's Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the definitive textbook in the field.