Expansion of program aims to provide more children with improved eye care; enhance the teaching of Wills residents and fellows
Wills Eye Hospital announces the promotion of Kammi B. Gunton, MD to chief of the pediatric ophthalmology service.
Gunton is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric and adolescent ophthalmology and strabismus in adults. She previously served as the interim director of pediatric ophthalmology at Wills Eye and began her new role on March 11, 2022.
The service manages the care of eye diseases in children including such common challenges as misaligned eyes or poor visual development as well as complex cases with systemic associations. Pediatric ophthalmologists on the staff also engage in educational and research activities in addition to the clinical and surgical care of patients.
“We want to expand the reach of the Wills pediatric ophthalmology service so that we can provide pediatric eye care in community practices throughout the greater Philadelphia area,” Gunton said. “Expansion will not only provide more young Philadelphians with improved eye care but will enhance the teaching of Wills residents and fellows.”
Among many recent successes, Gunton has driven growth in clinical and research efforts, recruited new team members, and received grants to support the work of the service, said Julia A. Haller, MD, ophthalmologist-in-chief of Wills Eye Hospital.
Gunton has published numerous articles including a recent study on the impact of virtual schooling on children’s eyesight which received national attention.
Gunton is a graduate of Stanford University and received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She pursued her residency and fellowship training at Wills Eye and has been a pediatric ophthalmologist at the hospital since 2003.