Born and raised in Northern California, Dr. Kevin H. Cuevas earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. As a medical student at USC, Dr. Cuevas participated in research at the Doheney Eye Institute where he was involved in the emerging technology of excimer laser corneal refractive surgery. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas before attending a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the University of Iowa in 1997.
In 2002, Dr. Cuevas founded Rocky Mountain Ophthalmology and became a valued consultative resource for the ophthalmic community in Colorado. His interests in the cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery were complemented by his earlier research interests. Dr. Cuevas is considered by his peers as a leader in cataract and refractive surgery. He has embraced cutting-edge intraocular lens technologies and ranks among the top surgeons for implantation of presbyopia-correcting and toric intraocular lenses. Dr. Cuevas has published peer-reviewed articles and continues to lecture locally and nationally. Dr. Cuevas is board certified by The American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a member of numerous professional ophthalmology and medical societies contributing his time, expertise, perspective and support in a myriad of ways.
As a surgeon, Dr. Cuevas enjoys working with his hands. In his spare time, Dr. Cuevas uses those same skills to tie flies for his fly fishing adventures. An avid fly fisher since his early teens in California, Dr. Cuevas has fly fished worldwide in search of various freshwater and saltwater species. He is particularly passionate about fly fishing for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, as well as chasing large roosterfish off the coast of Baja Mexico.
Dr. Cuevas Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Cuevas completed a BS undergraduate degree in both molecular biology and chemistry. He joined the formulation department at Liposome Technology, Inc. in 1986 and conducted research in various drug delivery mechanisms. Dr. Cuevas was involved in the formulation of a liposomal form of the chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin which is currently marketed under the trade name DOXIL®.
Dr. Cuevas holds an M.D. degree from the University of Southern California. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with extensive training in ocular trauma. A fellowship at the University of Iowa followed in corneal and laser refractive surgery. Dr. Cuevas has conducted international research, published original literature and continues to lecture locally and nationally.
Education and Medical Training
1986 – San
1993 – University of Southern California School of Medicine, M.D.
1993-1994 - Emmanuel Hospital, Oregon, Transitional Internship
1994-1997 – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Department of Ophthalmology, Residency
1997-1998 – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and External Disease Fellowship
Professional Practice History
- Rocky Mountain Ophthalmology
Founder and Medical Director
Greenville, North Carolina
American Medical Association
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Castroviejo Cornea Society
Iowa Eye Association
Colorado Medical Society
Medical Licensure and Certifications
State of Montana Board of Medical Examiners
National Board of Medical Examiners
American Board of Ophthalmology
Abstracts and Presentations
Campos, M., Cuevas, K.H., Garbus, J., Lee, M., McDonnell, P.J.: Corneal Wound Healing After Refractive Keratectomy: Effects of the Nitrogen Gas Blower and the Iris Diaphragm. ARVO, April 1992.
Cuevas, K.H., Campos, M., Hertzog, L., Lee, M., Javitt, J., McDonnell, P.J.: Efficacy of Beta-Cyclodextrin Encapsulated Prednisolone in a Rabbit Keratitis Model. ARVO, April 1993.
Cuevas, K.H., Sonkin, P.L., Abramson, E.S., Stidham, D.B., Wilson, C.A.: Outcome of Cataract Surgery in Eyes with Diabetic Macular Edema. ARVO, April 1996.
Cuevas, K.H., Sutphin, J.E.: Acanthamoeba Keratitis Following Photorefractive Keratectomy. ASCRS Film Festival, October 1997.
Cuevas, K.H., Mathers, W.M., Sutphin, J.E., Folberg, R.: Mitomycin C for the Treatment of Primary Acquired Melanosis and Malignant Melanoma of the Conjunctiva. ARVO, May 1997.
Campos, M., Cuevas, K.H., Garbus, J., Lee, M., McDonnell, P.J.: Corneal Wound Healing After Excimer Laser Ablation: Effects of the Nitrogen Gas Blower. Ophthalmology 99: 893-897, 1992.
Li, Q., Weng, J., Mohan, R., Bennett, G., Schwall, R., Wang, Z., Tabor, K., Kim, J. Hargrave, S., Cuevas, K.H., Wilson, S.: Hepatocyte Growth Factor and Hepatocyte Growth Factor Receptor in the Lacrimal Gland, Tears, and Cornea. Invest Opthalmol Vis Sci 37: 727-729, 1996.
Salomo, D.R., Mathers, W.M., Sutphin, J.E., Cuevas, K.H.., Folberg, R.: Cytologic Changes in the Conjunctiva Mimicking Malignancy After Topical Mitomycin C Chemotherapy.
Ophthalmology 106: 1756-1761, 1999.