Dr. John Teahan
Having had refractive surgery performed on his own eyes, Dr. Teahan believes strongly in the benefits. He specializes in refractive and cataract surgery. Dr. Teahan is a board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is the past President of the New Mexico Ophthalmologic Society.
After attending Boston College, Dr. Teahan completed his medical school at Tufts University. He served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon for eight years, and was Chief of Ophthalmology at Kirtland AFB before going into private practice in 1991.
Dr. Paul Sanchez
Dr. Sanchez graduated from the University of New Mexico, Summa Cum Laude. He received a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Improvement at the Dartmouth Institute and his Doctorate of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School.
He did an internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where he was selected Intern of the Year across all medical specialties. He then completed an Ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
He was born and raised in Albuquerque and joined Southwest Eyecare Specialists in 2007. He is passionate about the future of healthcare and has served as President of the New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology and the President Elect of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.
Dr. Sanchez has publications in leading medical journals and has engaged in both basic science and clinical research for over 25 years. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Sanchez enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, world travel and most of all spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Dr. Jesse Swift
Dr. Swift took part in an ophthalmology residency at the University of Arkansas, which included experience at the Veteran’s Hospital and the distinction of being the Chief Resident.
Prior to pursuing his rigorous three years of ophthalmic training, Dr Swift graduated from the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, and received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in 2012. He also completed his surgical internship at the Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.
His training is supplemented by his interest and experience in medical research. Dr Swift is featured on several professional publications, which include exploration of the role of Muller cells in damaged retina and the effects of polymer to enhance cellular integration and retinal repopulation.
Dr. Swift is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. He is fluent in French and enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family!
Dr. Kenneth Downes
Dr. Ken Downes, a native of New Mexico, joins Southwest Eyecare!
Dr Downes graduated from Tulane University, Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then returned to Albuquerque to obtain his medical degree at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine.
Dr. Downes completed his Internship in Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident. During this time, he traveled to the world-renowned Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India to complete specialized surgical training.
Upon completing Residency, Dr. Downes spent a year working as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He then completed a subspecialty Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the Oregon Health Sciences University Casey Eye Institute.
He is published across several medical journals and has given several talks and presentations of his research at national medical conferences. Dr. Downes is fully licensed in several states and board certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Ken Downes speaks English and Spanish and in his free time enjoys the outdoors, beer brewing and spending time with his family and two dogs, Emma and Nero.
We welcome Dr. Downes to our practice to provide Cornea subspecialty services to our patients!