John G. McHenry, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. McHenry grew up on a farm in York, Pennsylvania where he raised Black Angus steers and Suffolk sheep and learned construction and landscaping. He played tennis after school. His father had degrees in both agriculture and medicine and was trained in ophthalmology, otolaryngology and plastic surgery and practiced medicine and worked on the farm until he was 94. One of his father’s friends was Frank Walsh the founder of neuro-ophthalmology. Dr Walsh wrote the definitive text on neuro-ophthalmology and influenced young John to direct his career toward his chosen field.
He and his parents were involved with the First Presbyterian Church in York Pennsylvania. His mother’s education was interrupted by World War II. She was a bank officer in Baltimore and later managed her husband’s practice. She was the president of her own optical business. She went back to college in her 60s at Goucher College and majored in English.
Dr. McHenry was valedictorian and was graduated first in his high school class. He went on to Bowdoin college in Brunswick, Maine where he was a Phi Beta Kappa majoring in History and Religion. He taught tennis in the summers in Vermont and was graduated first in his class, summa cum laude and went on to Divinity School at the University of Chicago. There he became convinced that he wanted to help people like his father.
He went on to do work in the sciences at Bryn Mawr College where he worked as the night manager of their Alumnae House. He went on to medical School at Temple University in Philadelphia where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor fraternity. He enjoyed working in the clinics of North Philadelphia in one of the neediest areas of the country. There he became interested in traumatic brain injuries and neuro-ophthalmic trauma. He received the Anatomy Prize for the top student and graduated with Honors.
He interned in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania and did his ophthalmology residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. He was Chief Resident there and went on to do a fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology, Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery under Thomas Spoor, MD at the Kresge Eye Institute.
He stayed on to become Dr. Spoor’s associate in 1992. He became the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Detroit Receiving Hospital, a Level One Trauma Facility. He was Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Wayne State University where he was the director of the resident clinic supervising resident teaching and indigent care. He did extensive work with reconstructive surgery and traumatic optic neuropathy.
He finished his Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Heath Administration and Policy. His field was mathematical modeling of health care systems and his thesis was in patient flow and efficiency through an ophthalmology clinic. He received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and became secretary of the Neuro-ophthalmic Surgery Society.
He has delivered major papers at the American Academy of Ophthalmology the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the International Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and The North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society on Pseudotumor Cerebri, Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Traumatic Optic Neuropathy, Central Retinal Vein Occlusion, and Standardized Echography.
In 1997 he went into private practice in Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio. He was the president of a nine office practice throughout Michigan and Ohio and taught oculoplastic surgery to the Plastic Surgery fellows at Harper Hospital in Detroit. There he did extensive work in Cosmetic Surgery and Pediatric Ophthalmology. He was recruited to come to UT Southwestern to continue his research in optic neuropathies. He was Associate Professor of Ophthalmology there.
He has published extensively on Pseudotumor Cerebri and Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. He was a member of the Skull Base Surgery Group at Zale Lipshy Hospital at the University and he ran the Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Surgery Fellowship. He was named one of the Best Doctors in America in 2008 and 2009.
Dr. McHenry lives on a ranch in North Texas with his wife, dogs, cat, and horses. He also raises cattle and grows grapes for wine.They enjoy spending time with her parents who are from San Antonio. Her Daddy is in oil and has written extensively on the Geology of the Western United States. Her Mother is an author of children’s science books.
Dr. McHenry has two sets of twins. His oldest daughter has an M.S. and a M.P.H. and is working on a research project at hospital in Washington D.C. His other daughter is Chief Resident at a Detroit Hospital. One son is in medical school in Chicago and the other son has his Masters in Environmental Science and is working for a consulting firm in Washington D.C.
In 2010 he left the University to establish an interventional neuro-ophthalmic network throughout north Texas to better deliver Health care in a changing environment. This enables him to bring his health administration organizational skills to bear on the population of North Texas. Dr. McHenry specializes in optic nerve disease, unexplained visual loss, pseudotumor cerebri, headache, diplopia, nerve palsies, ptosis, tearing and thyroid eye disease. If you feel that he can help you or someone you know please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pseudotumor Cerebri and Optic Neuropathies
Thyroid Eye Disease
Temple University School of Medicine,
Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University,
Ophthalmology (1988 – 1991)
Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University,
Ophthalmology Chief Resident (1990 – 1991)
Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery,
Kresge Eye Institute, (1991 – 1992)
American Board of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Ophthalmology (1997)
Alpha Omega Alpha (1987)
Honors Graduate (1987)
Anatomy Prize (1987)
Best Doctors in America (2008, 2009)