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Pavlina S. Kemp, MD

Director of Medical Student Education
Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Contact Information

11290 Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP)
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242


BSE, Biomedical Engineering Major, German Minor, University of Iowa, College of Engineering
MD, Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Other, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Harvard Medical School: Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Internship, Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Internal Medicine
Resident, Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellow, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Harvard Medical School: Boston Children's Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Licensure and Certifications

ABO Certification - American Board of Ophthalmology
Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine


Kemp, P. S. (2021). Study finds an increased risk of ophthalmologic diagnoses in children with autism spectrum disorder. Coralville: American Academy of Ophthalmology Ophthalmic News and Education Network..

Lu, R., Kemp, P. S., Cabrera, M. T., Gearinger, M., Cavuoto, K. M., Yanovitch, T., Enyedi, L., Gandhi, N., de Alba Campomanes, A., Silverstein, E., Loh, A. & Gray, M. (In Press). The flipped-classroom approach to teaching horizontal strabismus in ophthalmology residency: a multi-centered randomized controlled study. JAAPOS.

Diel, R. J., Yom, K., Ramirez, D., Alawa, K., Cheng, J., Dawoud, S. & Kemp, P. S. (In Press). Flipped Ophthalmology Classroom Augmented with Case-based Learning. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology.

Yom, K., Diel, R. J. & Kemp, P. S. (In Press). A Comparison of the Flipped Classroom Model for Medical Student Education in Ophthalmology Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology.

Diel, R. J., Avdic, A. & Kemp, P. S. (2020). Flipped Ophthalmology Classroom: A Better Way to Teach Medical Students. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, 12, e104-e109. DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1713394.

Duong, A. T., Van Tassel, S. H., Alzaga Fernandez, A. G., Amin, A., Chadha, N., Dagi Glass, L. R., Dersu, I., Goyal, A., Graubart, E. B., Elkin, Z. P., Kelly, L., Kemp, P. S., Knoch, D. W., Regina, M., Rosenbaum, P. S., Rosenberg, J. B., Sankar, P. S. & Sun, G. (2020). Medical Education and Path to Residency in Ophthalmology in the COVID-19 Era: A Perspective from Medical Student Educators. Ophthalmology, 2020 Jul 23:S0161-6420(20), 30724-7. PMID: 32712074.

Walling, A., Fortenbach, C. R., Larson, S. A. & Kemp, P. S. (2020). Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction. Iowa City, IA: EyeRounds.

Dangremond, T., Fox, A. R., Kemp, P. S. & Oetting, T. A. (2020). Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) & Implications for the Eye. Iowa City, IA: EyeRounds.

Dumitrescu, A. V., Kemp, P. S. (2020). Chapter 11: Amblyopia Concerns in Pediatric Retinal Conditions. In M. E. Hartnett (Eds.) Pediatric Retina 3rd Ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolter Kluwer - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Mai, A. P., Stiff, H. A., Kemp, P. S. & Thurtell, M. J. (2019). Fourth (Trochlear) Nerve Schwannoma. Iowa City, IA: EyeRounds.

Kemp, P. S. (2019). Vision Screening in the Office Setting. Iowa Medicaid EPDST Care for Kids Newsletter. (Vols. 26). (3), pp. 4-7. Coralville .

Frisbie, R. A., Scruggs, B. A. & Kemp, P. S. (2018). Non-accommodative Esotropia and Botulinum Toxin Therapy. EyeRounds.

Kemp, P. S. (2018). Vision Screening for the Pre-Verbal Child – How You Can Help Prevent Amblyopia. Newsletter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - Iowa Chapter. In Newsletter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - Iowa Chapter.

Kemp, P. S., Shah, A. S., Elliott, A. T. & Wan, M. J. (2017). Removal of a barbed fish hook from the cornea of an 8-year-old boy. Journal of AAPOS, 21(5), 407-407.e1. PMID: 28917995.

Kemp, P. S., Chang, Y. H., Melvin, P. & Dagi, L. R. (2017). Patient Characteristics and Surgical Approach Impacting Simultaneous to Alternate Prism Cover Test Disparity After Exotropia Surgery: A Quantitative Look at the Difference in Motor Outcomes. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 54(4), 222-230. PMID: 28510776.

Kemp, P. S. (2016). The best of the best: a review of select pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus case reports published in 2015. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology, 22(4), 72-74. PMID: 28924407.

Kemp, P. S., Oetting, T. A. (2016). Response to Dr Sandhu and Dr Clarke. (Vols. 30). (10), pp. 1397-1398. Eye (London, England). PMID: 27174383.

Kemp, P. S., VanderVeen, D. K. (2016). Computer-Assisted Digital Image Analysis of Plus Disease in Retinopathy of Prematurity. Seminars in Ophthalmology, 31(1-2), 159-62. PMID: 26959142.

Kemp, P. S., Oetting, T. A. (2015). Stability and safety of MA50 intraocular lens placed in the sulcus. Eye (London, England), 29(11), 1438-1441. PMID: 26139047.

Kemp, P. S., Longmuir, S. Q., Gertsch, K. R., Larson, S. A., Olson, R. J., Langguth, A. M., Syed, N. & Oetting, T. A. (2015). Cataract surgery in children with uveitis: retrospective analysis of intraocular lens implantation with anterior optic capture. Journal of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, 52(2), 119-25. PMID: 25608281.

Bogunovic, H., Sonka, M., Kwon, Y. H., Kemp, P. S., Abramoff, M. D. & Wu, X. (2014). Multi-Surface and Multi-Field Co-Segmentation of 3-D Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 33(12), 2242-2253. PMID: 25020067.

Longmuir, S. Q., Oral, R., Walz, A. E., Kemp, P. S., Ryba, J., Zimmerman, B. M. & Abramoff, M. D. (2014). Quantitative measurement of retinal hemorrhages in suspected victims of child abuse. Journal of AAPOS, 18(6), 529-33. PMID: 25456029.

Kemp, P. S., Allen, R. C. (2014). Bloody tears and recurrent nasolacrimal duct obstruction due to a retained silicone stent. Journal of AAPOS, 18(3), 285-6. PMID: 24735799.

Kemp, P. S., Allen, R. C. & Longmuir, S. Q. (2014). Cryptic respiratory epithelial cyst of the lateral orbit in a 3 year old with strabismus and amblyopia. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 51 Online, e19-21. PMID: 25314310.

Kemp, P. S., Larson, S. A. & Drack, A. V. (2014). Strabismus surgery in patients receiving warfarin anticoagulation. Journal of AAPOS, 18(1), 84-6. PMID: 24568993.

Welder, J. D., Kemp, P. S., Boldt, H. C. & Kitzmann, A. S. (2013). Chorioretinitis Sclopetaria: A Systems Based Approach to Eye Injury Prevention. Iowa City, IA: EyeRounds.

Kemp, P. S., Winges, K. M. & Wall, M. (2012). Optic Neuritis. (159) EyeRounds.

Kemp, P. S., Longmuir, S. Q. (2012). Juvenile idiopathic arthritis with associated bilateral anterior uveitis in a four-year old girl. (154) EyeRounds.

Kemp, P. S., Casey, G. & Longmuir, S. Q. (2012). Holoprosencephaly and Strabismus. (151) EyeRounds.

Kemp, P. S., Allen, R. C. & Kwon, Y. H. (2012). Giant reservoir formation from Ahmed seton valve. (150) EyeRounds.

Antony, B. J., Abramoff, M. D., Lee, K., Sonkova (Kemp), P., Gupta, P., Kwon, Y., Niemeijer, M., Hu, Z. & Garvin, M. K. (2010). Automated 3-D Segmentation of Intraretinal Layers from Optic Nerve Head Optical Coherence Tomography Images. In R. C. Molthen , J. B. Weaver (Eds.) Medical Imaging 2010: Biomedical applications in molecular, structural,and functional imaging. (Vols. 7626). DOI: 10.1117/12.843928.

Sonkova (Kemp), P., Evangelou, I. E., Gallo, A., Cantor, F. K., Ohayon, J., McFarland, H. F. & Bagnato, F. (2008). Semi-automatic segmentation and modeling of the cervical spinal cord for volume quantification in multiple sclerosis patients from Magnetic Resonance Images. In J. M. Reinhardt , J. P. Pluim (Eds.) Medical Imaging 2008: Image Processing. (Vols. 6914). (1-3) DOI: 10.1117/12.773055.