Kamal Kishore MD Scholarship Fund at IVCC for Students Studying Healthcare


Dr. Kamal Kishore will fund a “Kamal Kishore MD Scholarship” annually for students studying a variety of healthcare careers. Dr. Kamal Kishore owns the Illinois Retina & Eye Associates of Peru and Peoria and is establishing a $100,000 endowment to fund healthcare and pre-med scholarships for Illinois Valley Community College students, which will provide 10 $1,000 scholarships. Dr. Kishore has served the Illinois Valley for 20 years. In 2011, he built a new office building at 3602 Marquette Road, Peru.

A board certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist, Dr. Kishore specializes in diseases and surgeries of the retina including age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Kishore entered medical school in New Delhi, India, and completed six years of training in ophthalmology before moving to the U.S. in 1992. He trained in internal medicine for two years in Nassau, New York, prior to his residency in ophthalmology in Newark, N.J. He completed his fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at Louisiana State University in 1999, while training with one of the best surgeons in the world. Today, Dr. Kishore is a clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria where he works with medical students seeking a career in ophthalmology.

He has earned numerous awards including the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) Senior Honor Award and a trophy from ASRS for a surgical video, authored ten book chapters, published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals and given over 150 presentations at national and international meetings. Last year he was awarded an outstanding teaching and service award by the medical school in Peoria.

“Dr. Kishore’s endowment is a significant investment in future doctors and medical professionals,” IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said. “Each year, no fewer than ten of our students will benefit from this remarkable gift.”

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