NVISION Eye CenterJohn R. Samples, M.D.

Dr. John R. Samples is a glaucoma specialist who has been active in the ophthalmology professional and academic community for over 20 years.
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Dr. John R. Samples is a glaucoma specialist who joined Olympia Eye Clinic in 2015. He received his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from Stanford University, his Master’s degree in neurobiology from Stanford University, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego, with his thesis being done at the Salk Institute in La Jolla.

His residency training included neurology and ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, where he was chief resident in ophthalmology. He continued his education with fellowship training in Cornea and External Disease and in Glaucoma.

Dr. Samples was a professor of Ophthalmology at the Oregon Health and Sciences University and Casey Eye Institute. He also served as the Director of Glaucoma for 10 years. He has been active in the ophthalmology professional and academic community for over 20 years, and has written eight books on various aspects of glaucoma. In addition to lecturing throughout the United States, he has published over one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed articles. He is actively involved in the design and trial of several new glaucoma lasers and therapies and has a number of patents of new glaucoma devices.

Surgeon Credentials
  • Education

    B.A. - Psychology and Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

    M.S. - Neurobiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

    Doctorate of Medicine - University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.

  • License & Board Certification

    American Board of Ophthalmology

    National Board of Medical Examiners

    Oregon State License

    Washington State License

  • Professional Training

    Internship - University of California San Diego Medical Center

    Residency - Mayo Clinic - Neurology & Ophthalmology

    Fellowship - Oregon Health & Science University, Glaucoma

    Fellowship - Sharp Cabrillo Hospital, Cornea

  • Professional Affiliations

    Clinical Professor, Washington State University Floyd Elon School of Medicine

    Director, Western Glaucoma Foundation

    Founder, Trabecular Meshwork Study Club

    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

    American Academy of Ophthalmology

    American College of Legal Medicine

    American Glaucoma Society

    Cornea Society, Senior Member with thesis

    International Society of Experimental Eye Research

    International Ocular Circulation Society

    Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group

    Society of Heed Fellow

    Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Participating Locations
NVISION® Eye Centers – Olympia
Olympia Eye Clinic 215 Lilly Rd. NE Olympia, WA. 98506
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