Dr. Constantine grew up just outside of Plattsburgh, New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, adjacent to the Adirondack Mountains, where he spent much of his free time. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT graduating cum laude.
After graduation, Dr. Constantine moved to Oakland, CA and worked as a medicinal chemist for Chiron Corporation synthesizing small organic molecules to be used as potential anti-cancer therapies. His work resulted in being named on four patents. Despite his enthusiasm for basic science research Dr. Constantine found that he missed the joy of treating patients directly.
Hoping to combine his love for basic science and improving human health, Dr. Constantine spent nine years earning both his MD and PhD at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. It was during his graduate training that he began to develop his love of ophthalmology and, more specifically, the retina.
Upon completion of his medical school and graduate school training, Dr. Constantine completed his intern year in internal medicine at the University of Utah and then transitioned to Durham, North Carolina where he completed his ophthalmology residency at the highly regarded Duke Eye Center.
He finished his two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Sierra Eye Associates, which allowed him to combine his two passions: Taking care of patients and participating in research. In addition to his clinical and surgical training he was a sub-investigator on many clinical trials.
Dr. Constantine is very excited to join Orion Eye Center and to provide compassionate care to the residents of central Oregon. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys and they are excited about all that central Oregon has to offer. In his free time, he can be found biking, skiing, and climbing.
Brian Desmond, MD joined us in July 2020 in the practice of comprehensive ophthalmology.
Dr. Desmond, who has been practicing in Central Oregon for 15 years and has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries, opened his practice to new patients for the first time in 4 years. His professional interests are in cataract surgery, specialty lens upgrades, medical/surgical glaucoma care and comprehensive ophthalmology.
Dr. Desmond enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children and is passionate about the community and outdoor recreation. He went to medical school at the University of Utah and trained to be an eye surgeon at the Shiley Eye Center UCSD in San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys all types of skiing, mountain biking, river rafting and traveling.
Dr. Peter Francis is Orion Eye’s newest Vitreoretinal Specialist. However, he is not new to the field of Ophthalmology. Dr. Francis earned his medical degree in England, in 1992. He completed his ophthalmology residency in 1997 in London. After which, he completed retina fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and Casey Eye Institute, Portland, USA. In addition, he also earned a Ph.D. in ophthalmic genetics from University College, London. Ophthalmic genetics is a special interest of his, and he has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles on the subject and is currently Chief Medical Officer of a clinical-stage biotech company.
Ophthalmology is a family affair for Dr. Francis, as his wife is also an Ophthalmologist who practices in the Portland area.
While family comes first, Dr. Francis is an avid triathlete, golfer, and tennis player.
Dr. Grove joined Orion Eye in 2015. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained corneal and cataract surgeon. She received her medical degree in 2008 from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, an accolade reserved for the top 10% of medical school graduates. Dr. Grove went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Thereafter, she joined the ophthalmology faculty of Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College where she enjoyed training residents in the clinic and the operating room. Dr. Grove then completed a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the world-renowned Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Laith Kadasi grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 2010 he completed his undergraduate in neuroscience with honors from Brown University before moving to Boston for medical school where he attended Tufts University and graduated Alpha Omega Alpha with research honors in 2014. Next, he completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Brown University in Rhode Island where he was awarded the “Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award” for his work teaching medical students at Brown University. Most recently he completed his retina fellowship at the University of Iowa Medical Retina fellowship program.
Dr. Kadasi is a sports enthusiast and enjoys hiking, playing basketball, soccer, and ping pong. When not in the clinic, he and his wife Stephanie are busy enjoying all that Central Oregon has to offer with their young daughter, Angie.
Dr. Kristine Traustason specializes in the treatment of vitreoretinal disease. She joined Eye Surgery Institute in 2007, after completing a retina fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Kristine graduated from Dartmouth College in 1995. She graduated AOA from Loma Linda University Medical School in 2001. She went on to do her internship and ophthalmology residency at University of California, San Diego, which she completed in 2005. Dr. Kristine has been a board-certified ophthalmologist since 2005. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys running, mountain biking, and golfing.