Peter J. McDonnell, MD

The 12-year-old CEOThis person looked about as much as a 12-year-old as do I, and at the risk of sounding rude I told him that perhaps one of us had enjoyed a little too much champagne. "I will explain," he said, and proceeded to tell me a story.
Nicotine eye patch hits ophthalmic nerve
Nicotine eye patch hits ophthalmic nerveIn these clinical trials, have the investigators carefully evaluated the potential negative impacts of unilateral ocular occlusion and also proven that the drugs, such as nicotine, do not negatively affect the cornea or other ocular structures?
'Playing hide and Zika' spurs debate among readers
'Playing hide and Zika' spurs debate among readersHere are some letters from readers in response to whether the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil should be delayed due to the Zika virus outbreak.
Why doctors have bigger houses than lawyersAccording to a recent Washington Post report entitled "One weird reason why doctors buy bigger homes than lawyers," physicians tend to purchase more expensive homes than similarly paid members of other professions. Find out why!
Playing hide and Zika with Aedes aegyptiIf asked to balance the desires of athletes eager to compete after years of training and the host country's desire to conduct the games as scheduled versus the public health risk of the Zika virus and Aedes aegypti duo, what would you advise?
Giving weight to worrisome reportsPeople—like my neighbor and I—for centuries, have tended to give too much weight to negative news stories and gloomy predictions. Hence my resolution for 2016 to pay less attention to the doomsayers and pour more drinks for my friends.
Beware venom ophthalmiaThings that strike terror in the hearts of many Americans—spiders, earthquakes, Ebola virus disease, and politicians with plans to “fix” healthcare—don't faze me much. But, for as long as I can remember, I have had this visceral negative reaction to snakes.
Are medical students happy?Many, many, many years ago, when I was but a young trainee doing my fellowship year in Corneal and External Diseases, my professor called me into his office on multiple occasions. “Sit down,” he would say, and I did. “So, are you happy?” he would ask. It struck me as an unusual question at the time. Today, I wonder if my professor might have been on to something.
How will ophthalmology evolve in 2016?
How will ophthalmology evolve in 2016?Ophthalmology Times spoke with its Editorial Advisory Board members to get their thoughts on how the field of ophthalmology is growing, what advances they are highly anticipating, and what major hurdles ophthalmologists will face in 2016. A special thanks to Peter J. McDonnell, MD, Randall Olson, MD, Andrew G. Lee, MD, Sharon Fekrat, MD, and Robert K. Maloney, MD, for giving us a sneak peak at what the new year will bring.
What’s the cost of a human life?The expenditures for medical care in our country are “unsustainable,” says the Dallas Morning News, whereas The New York Times, in an editorial entitled “Why we must ration healthcare,” declares the monetary valuation of human life to be immoral. Everybody says we spend too much on healthcare, so they must be right. Right?