ABOUT COKINGTIN EYE CENTER

Our board-certified ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing excellent eye care for your family and are focused on exceptional surgical results.

MEET OUR DOCTORS

Clifton D. Cokingtin, MD is the founder of Cokingtin Eye Center. He specializes in cataract and lens implant surgery, laser surgery and comprehensive medical ophthalmology. A board-certified ophthalmologist and member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Cokingtin earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1987. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute where he also earned his subspecialty fellowship training in corneal and anterior segment surgery and external eye diseases.

Dr. Cokingtin has been in private practice since 1992 in the metropolitan area. He formed Cokingtin Eye Center in 2002. He has participated in clinical trials to develop new lens implants and surgical technologies. He is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and, the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Christopher S. Banning, MD specializes in cataract and lens implant surgery. He implants all types of premium lenses.

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Banning earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska in 2001. He completed his residency in ophthalmology and his subspecialty fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Banning served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University. He has conducted clinical and laboratory research, publishing and presenting many articles. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He joined Cokingtin Eye Center in 2006.

Christopher J. Pole, MD is a board-certified Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, intraocular lens implants, glaucoma treatment, refractive vision correction (LASIK) and lid surgery.

Dr. Pole earned his medical degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2008 where he also completed his residency. He was recognized as outstanding resident with the Roya Rabbani excellence in patient care award. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Pole is a member of the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Pole joined Cokingtin Eye Center in 2011.

Miranda N. Bishara, MD specializes in cataract surgery, intraocular lens implants, corneal disease and surgery including transplants, refractive vision correction (LASIK) and anterior segment surgery.

Dr. Bishara is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist. She earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and her fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Bishara served as an attending physician at the University of Kansas Department of Ophthalmology before joining Cokingtin Eye Center in 2017. She proudly served as the chief ophthalmologist for the Kansas City Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2012 to 2017. She is on the faculty of the University of Kansas Department of Ophthalmology and is involved in resident training.

Christine Shrack, OD specializes in comprehensive eye care including medical examinations of the eye, contact lens and glasses prescriptions, along with the management of post-operative cataract and refractive patients.

Dr. Shrack grew up in Iuka, Kansas, west of Wichita. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in 1994. She then graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee in 1998. She completed a fellowship at Northeastern State University at the Cherokee Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dr. Shrack has practiced with Dr. Cokingtin since 2000.

William White, M.D., a board certified ophthalmologist, specializesin ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. Surgery of the eyelids, including eyelid cancer, tear drainage apparatus, eye socket tumors and thyroid-related eye disease management are examples of problems Dr. White treats.

Dr. White studied chemistry at the University of Missouri Kansas City and graduated from medical school from Saint Louis University. He completed a transitional internship at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, and an ophthalmology residency at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. White did his fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. White is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the Missouri State Medical Association.

James R. Overlease, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma and cataract management and surgeries.

Dr. Overlease graduated magna cum laude with a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa. He then went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Texas in Houston, and completed a medical internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Overlease completed his ophthalmology residency training at the Eye Foundation of Kansas City at the University of Missouri. During his last year of residency he was selected to be chief resident. He furthered his training by completing a glaucoma fellowship at the Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Overlease is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, the Missouri State Medical Association and the Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Kyle Weeden is from Estherville, Iowa. He completed his undergraduate work at Iowa State University and also attended Optometry School at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he met his lovely wife, Katie. He has worked primarily in family eye care but also has completed a residency program at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Hospital in Wichita, KS. There he specialized in low vision and eye disease. In his time away from work, Kyle enjoys bicycling, jogging, triathlons, whole food/nutrition, and spending time with his wife and two children, ages 2 and 4.