Royce L Fonken MD

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Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

"I love ophthalmology because of the significant improvement I can make in a person’s life by improving their vision painlessly and with rapid and predictable results."

Dr. Fonken combines compassionate care with high quality service. He is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with a focus on cataract surgery. Over the years, cataract surgery has been continually improved by technological advances. He has a special interest and commitment to employing the safest and best technology available for his patients.

"I love being at the cutting edge of improvements." For many years, Dr. Fonken has been invited to participate in focus groups by leading implant lens manufacturers. As a result, he is able to use the newest technologies in a controlled setting four of five years earlier than most doctors.

Dr. Fonken has been recognized as a leader in his profession because of his excellent academic credentials. He has had the privilege of serving as an Associate Examiner for the American Ophthalmology Association since 1996. This is an honor bestowed upon select doctors who scored highest on their ophthalmology boards to become Board Certified.

Having grown up all around the world, Dr. Fonken was exposed to many fascinating cultures. Pakistan was one of the countries he lived in for a significant period. The poverty was extreme and overwhelming, and he was forever changed by his experience there. This compelled him to dedicate his life to helping underserved people. He chose ophthalmology because he knew that it was an area of medicine that could make dramatic improvements in people’s lives from a one-time procedure like cataract surgery.

Since 1989, Dr. Fonken has been devoted to helping those in developing countries who do not have access to cataract surgery. On his annual trips, he has traveled to Mexico, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and India. In 2008, he made four separate surgical trips. He has helped innumerable patients by performing surgery and teaching local doctors specialized surgical techniques.

What is most remarkable about his work oversees is the pioneering effort he has made in partnership with SEE International. In 2008, they created the world’s first training program in a specialized surgical technique. It teaches doctors how to perform cataract surgery with basic equipment that is available in developing countries. The surgery only requires a car battery and a microscope that folds up into a piece of carry-on luggage. Instead of relying on sophisticated technology, the doctors need advanced skills with supplemental training. Because of the simplicity and hardiness of the equipment, doctors have been able to travel on canoes and camels to previously inaccessible places. Dr. Fonken finds this work deeply satisfying.

Dr. Fonken is a devoted father of four children: David, Dale, Daniel and Delaney. The family loves the outdoors, and the Northwest offers them many places to hike and backpack. Dr. Fonken finds these outings help him recharge. Another restorative activity for him is fly-fishing because it provides a nice combination of relaxation and intellectual engagement.



BORN:    April 29, 1958
Denver, CO
EyeHealth Northwest
1306 Division St.
Oregon City, OR 97045
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Milwaukie, OR 97222
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Undergraduate:     University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
September 1976 - June 1980, Degree: B.S. Cellular & Developmental Biology
Honors:     Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
Silver Cup Scholarship Award - 1978
Junior Class Scholarship Honor - 1979
Medical School:     University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, AZ
August 1980 - June 1984, Degree: M.D.
Honors:     Senior Research Award - 1984
Senior Travel Award - 1984
National Dean’s List - 1984
Internship:     Tucson Hospital Medical Education Program
Tucson, AZ
July 1984 - June 1985, Rotating Internship
Residency:     Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR
July 1985 - June 1988, Ophthalmology Residency
LICENSURE:     National Board of Medical Examiners 1984
Oregon Board of Medical Examiners MD 14414, 1985
CERTIFICATION:    American Board of Ophthalmology, 1990
Willamette Falls Hospital, Oregon City, OR
Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Milwaukie, OR
Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, Tualatin, OR
Legacy Portland Hospitals, Portland, OR
Adventist Medical Center, Portland, OR
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Private Practice, EyeHealth Northwest (formerly Oregon Eye Care)
July 1988 - Present
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:     Assistant Clinical Professor
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR
1990 - Present
Surgery Instructor
Veterans Administration Hospital
Portland, OR

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Christian Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
Phi Beta Kappa
Pust, Ronald, MD; Fonken, Royce, MD; Nap, Tjerk, MD; Brown, Kerry, RN: "Efficacy of BCG Vaccination in Children in the Gorka District" JOURNAL OF THE NEPAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, December 1985

Fonken, Royce, MD: "Repair of Cross linked DNA in E. coli K-12" Undergraduate Honors Thesis, University of Arizona, 1980
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Ophthalmologist (MD)