Dr. Jeremy Van Buren, MD, PhD is an ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon who is passionate about providing the very best care for your vision. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Van Buren today. A native of Peoria, IL, Dr. Van Buren moved to the valley after completing medical school and residency training at the University of Wisconsin. He received his B.S. in Physiology & Biophysics from the University of Illinois, his Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Northwestern University in Chicago and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Neuroscience from Southern Illinois University.
Following graduate school, Dr. Van Buren set his sights on medical school where he decided to combine his interest in surgery with the physics of vision and the complexity of the human eye. A prolific author, Dr. Van Buren has written numerous chapters and publications on several aspects of ophthalmology from eyelid malposition to retinal/orbital cancers.
A true believer in the benefits of international medicine, Dr. Van Buren has performed eye surgery in the Philippines and has given pharmacology and medical education lectures for the World Health Organization in India. “Dr. V” is an avid outdoorsman and spends his free time with his wife, a pathologist, and their two children.
Comprehensive Medical & Surgical Ophthalmologist
Phoenix Ophthalmologists, P.A.
August 2009 – present
Ophthalmology Residency, University of Wisconsin
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
July 2006 – July 2009
Internship, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
July 2005 – July 2006
M.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
July 2003 – May 2005
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Carbondale & Springfield, IL
Department of Pharmacology and School of Medicine
August 1999 – July 2003 (completed first two years of medical school)
M.S., Northwestern University
Department of Neurobiology
July 1998 – August 1999
B.S., University of Illinois
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Biophysics
August 1994 – May 1998
Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology with Written Qualifying Exam – Passed (3/2010),
95th percentile rank for Lens & Cataract/Cornea/External Eye Disease Sections
USMLE Step1, Step 2, Step 3 – Passed
Medical license & DEA #, State of Arizona
Phoenix Baptist Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Banner Thunderbird , Estrella & Good Samaritan
hospitals, John C. Lincoln North Mountain & Deer Valley hospitals
Member, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2007-present
Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2006-present
Student Member, Wilderness Medical Society, 2003-2005
American Medical Student Association, 1999-2005
Student Member, Society for Neuroscience, 2001-2003
OPHTHALMOLOGY TEACHING/LECTURING EXPERIENCE
2010 Banner Good Samaritan Family Practice Volunteer Clinical Instructor
2009 Phoenix Baptist Hospital Family Practice Lecture Series. “Evaluating the red eye”. Sept 9,
2007 First Year Resident Introductory Lectures, Univ. Wisconsin Dept. Ophthalmology,
“Ophthalmology Consultations”. July 10, 2007.
2007 Grand Rounds Lecture, Univ. Wisconsin Dept. Ophthalmology, “Orbital AVM’s: A New
Radiological Evaluation”. June 15, 2007.
2007 Instructor, Medical Student Ophthalmology Examination Skills Practice Lab, Univ.
Wisconsin School of Medicine.
2007 Grand Rounds Lecture, Univ. Wisconsin Dept. Ophthalmology, “Orbital Emphysema”.
April 6, 2007.
2007 Grand Rounds Lecture, Univ. Wisconsin Dept. Ophthalmology, “Orbital Multiple
Myeloma”. March 10, 2007.
2007 Resident Oculoplastics Conference Lecture, Univ. Wisconsin Dept. Ophthalmology,
“Thyroid Optic Neuropathy”. March 3, 2007.
2006 Lecturer, “Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease”, Physician’s Assistant Program,
Univ. Wisconsin School of Medicine. November 27, 2006.
OPHTHALMOLOGY VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
2008 Medical Mission Trip for Cataract Surgery to San Fabian, Phillippines. Apr 10-21, 2008.
2007 Resident Community Care Clinic. July 10, 2007.
2007 Resident Community Care Clinic. June 15, 2007.
2006 Diabetic Eye Screening Clinic, Madison Community Outreach Programs. Oct 3, 2006.
2003 Southern Illinois University Molecular Biology Research Symposium, First Place Award
for presentation “Translocation of VR1 by IGF-1”
2003 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Symposium, First Place Award for
Poster/Presentation “The role of insulin and VR1 in diabetic neuropathy”
2002 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Symposium, First Place Award for
Poster/Presentation “Calcium potentiates vanilloid receptor type 1”
2001 Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation
Medical Student Research Fellowship Award – $15,000 to study the role of vanilloid
receptor type 1 on pain transduction
1999 Endocrine Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Award – $3000 to
search for cell surface estrogen receptors
1999 Molecular Biology Lab Technician, Center for Circadian Rhythms, Northwestern
University, Evanston, IL
1998 Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Neurobiology Course on Biological Clocks,
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1998 Teacher’s Aid, Adolescent Division, Zellar Mental Health Center, Peoria, IL
1997 Nursing Assistant, Dept. of Surgery, Methodist Hospital, Peoria, IL
1994 Road Construction & Parks Maintenance, Bartonville Township, Bartonville, IL
1993 Kitchen & Maintenance Crew, Deerfoot Lodge Camp for Boys, Speculator, NY
1992 Corn Detasseling, Pioneer Agricultural Company, Central IL
SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE POSTERS:
1. “Orbital Presentation of Multiple Myeloma”. Van Buren JJ, Burkat C, Lucarelli MJ. European
Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting; Sep 18-22, 2006,
2. “Insulin Potentiates Vanilloid Receptor Currents”. Van Buren JJ, Bhat S, Premkumar LP.
Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Nov. 2-7, 2002, Orlando, FL.
3. “Ca2+ Induces a Potentiation of VR1 Currents in Xenopus Oocytes”. Van Buren JJ, Ahern GP,
Premkumar LP. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Nov. 10-15, 2001, San Diego, CA.
SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
1. “Non-invasive dynamic MRA with time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics (TRICKS) in the
evaluation of orbital vascular lesions”. Selected as a Podium Presentation for the American
Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Annual Meeting; Nov, 2007, New
2. “Ocular Kaposi’s Sarcoma”. Wisconsin Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery. Annual Meeting. May 12, 2007.
3. “Calcium Potentiates VR1 Currents in Xenopus Oocytes”. Indian Pharmacological Society
Annual Meeting; Jan 15, 2002, Nagpur, India.
EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
“Problem-Based Learning: A Medical Student’s Perspective”. World Health Organization
International Conference on Medical Education; Jan 10, 2002. Bangalore, India.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
1. Kahana A, Lucarelli MJ, Grayev A, Van Buren JJ, , Burkat CN, Gentry LR. Non-invasive
dynamic MRA with time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics (TRICKS) in the evaluation of orbital
vascular lesions Arch Ophth 2007 Dec;125(12):1635-42
2. Van Buren JJ, Burkat C, Lucarelli M. Orbital Multiple Myeloma: A Case Report and
Retrospective Review. Surv. Ophthal. (Manuscript in Press, Surv Ophth).
3. Lee D, Eapen S, Van Buren JJ, Jones P, Baumgardner DJ. A young man who could not walk.
WMJ. 2006 Jan;105(1):58-61.
4. Sensitization and translocation of TRPV1 by insulin and IGF-I. Van Buren JJ, Bhat S, Rotello
R, Pauza ME, Premkumar LS. Mol Pain. 2005 Apr 27;1(1):17.
5. Direct interaction of adenosine with the TRPV1 channel protein. Puntambekar P, Van Buren
JJ, Raisinghani M, Premkumar LS, Ramkumar V. J Neurosci. 2004 Apr 7;24(14):3663-71.
6. Enhancement of potency and efficacy of NADA by PKC-mediated phosphorylation of vanilloid
receptor. Premkumar LS, Qi ZH, Van Buren JJ, Raisinghani M. J Neurophysiol. 2004
1. Van Buren JJ & Albert DM. Choroidal Melanoma. Chapter 38. Cancer Principles and Practice.
Edt Devita, Hellman, Rosenberg. Lippincot, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia (2007)
2. Van Buren JJ, Burkat CN, Lucarelli MJ. Entropion, Ectropion, and Trichiasis. Chapter 45.
Cornea. Edt Brightbill. Random House Publishing, Philadelphia (2006)
3. Modalities of nociception and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Van Buren JJ &
Premkumar LS. Chapter 16. Pharmacological Perspectives of some Toxic Chemicals and their
Antidotes. Eds. Flora, S. J. S., Romano, J, A., Baskin, S. I., and Sekhar, K. Narosa Publishing
House, New Delhi (2004).
Ph.D. Dissertation – “The Role of Vanilloid Receptor 1 in Diabetic Neuropathy”; Dept.
Pharmacology, Southern Illinois University, May 8, 2003. Project focused on the biophysical and
molecular changes on the thermal pain receptor VR1 made by insulin-like growth factor acting on
M.S. Thesis – “Learning Deficiencies in CLOCK Mutant Mice”; Dept. Neurobiology, Northwestern
University, June 11, 1999. Project focused on the learning deficiencies found in mice whose
circadian rhythms were eliminated by a gene mutation.
Hiking, Running, Biking, Soccer, Skiing (water and snow), Grilling
Traveled extensively throughout N. America, Europe, Australia, Asia