Sara S. O'Connell, M.D.Sara S. O’Connell, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma, cataracts, and general ophthalmology.

Dr. O’Connell was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, and received the American Women’s Association Award. Dr. O’Connell is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology National Honor Award and is listed in the “Best Doctors in America.”

She completed an internal medicine internship at Saint Luke’s Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center and a glaucoma fellowship at the New England Glaucoma Research Foundation in Boston.

Educational Background
1971–1975 Ashland High School
1975–1979 Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
Honors Graduate, B.S., Biology
1980–1984 University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Doctor of Medicine
1984–1985 St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Internal Medicine Internship
Scott Lerner, M.D., Program Director
1985–1988 University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Ophthalmology Residency
Wichard A.J. Van Heuven, M.D., Chairman
1988–1989 New England Glaucoma Research Foundation, Boston, MA
Glaucoma Fellowship
Richard J. Simmons, M.D., Director
1990–1992 Ophthalmology Associates of San Antonio — Private Practice
1992–Present Kansas City Eye Clinic — Private Practice
Jun 1982 National Boards, Part I
Sep 1983 National Boards, Part II
Mar 1985 National Boards, Part III
Apr 1989 Ophthalmology Written Boards
Sep 1989 SPEX Written Examination
Nov 1989 Ophthalmology Oral Boards
Jun 1992 Kansas State Medical License
Aug 1992 Missouri State Medical License
Honors & Activities
Baker University
Freshman Chemistry Award
Cardinal Key Women’s Scholastic Honor Society
Alpha Delta Sigma Scholastic Honor Society
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
American Medical Women’s Association Award
Resident Teaching Award 1995
WyJo Care Volunteer Physician
American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2009
Secretariat Award 2013

Society Memberships
American Medical Association
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Eye Study Club, President 2008
Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Treasurer; President-Elect 2003
Kansas Medical Society
Metropolitan Medical Society
Kansas Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Practicing Ophthalmologists Advisory Committee for Education 2007–2012

Academic Affiliation
1993–1997 Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Kansas Department of Ophthalmology

Glaucoma Secondary to Trauma Late Onset
National Eye Trauma Symposium. September 18, 1992
Glaucoma Update. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Optic Neuropathics
Kansas Optometric Association April 20, 1995
Glaucoma Medications Update
Eyecon; University of Kansas Department of Ophthalmology; Annual Meeting May 18, 1996
Congenital Glaucoma
Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired May 10, 1997
Case Report: Glaucoma In Association With a Giant Retinal Cyst and Retinal Detachment
Eyecon 1997; University of Kansas Department of Ophthalmology April 12, 1997