Daniel J. Karr M.D.

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Professor of Ophthalmology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (542 Ratings, 116 Comments)


  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Eye Exams (Children) - Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology (Pediatric)
  • Strabismus


  • M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine 1978
  • Residency:

    • Pediatrics and ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Ophthalmology


Dr. Karr is chief of the Department of Ophthalmology pediatrics service, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, and director of the pediatric ophthalmology fellowship program. He received his M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Karr completed residencies in pediatrics and ophthalmology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle. He was a pediatric fellow in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Karr has been on the faculties of West Virginia University School of Medicine and the University of Washington. He was ophthalmologist-in-chief at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle and has been in private practice in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Great Falls, Montana. His clinical and research interests include amblyopia, strabismus, pediatric cataract, and international children's eye care.


  • English
  • Nepali
  • Spanish

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (542 Ratings, 116 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 16, 2019


  • Nov 30, 2019

    Professional doctor and I am grateful to him.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    He was very kind and took plenty of time to talk with us.

  • Nov 26, 2019

    Everyone we met was professional and patient.

  • Nov 21, 2019

    I felt that everything was explained very well to me. Thank you.

  • Nov 19, 2019


  • Nov 13, 2019

    Very professional

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable.

  • Nov 01, 2019

    Dr. Karr is fantastic, we have trusted him for the health and the visual well being of our son since he was just a few weeks old. He's a treasure and you should do whatever necessary to keep him at OHSU.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Dr. Karr is very thorough in his exam his medical team the assistance. However, do need a little bit of work on how to treat their patients.

  • Oct 29, 2019

    As always a great experience with Dr. Karr. Also really enjoyed his new (to us at least) support people. Residents in training, Dr.'s, etc.

  • Oct 29, 2019

    Hi, yes, Dr. Karr, was my provider, and he has been absolutely amazing through my surgery, through every single visit I've had, including this past visit. He's extremely knowledgeable, has an amazing ability to be able to explain everything in layman's terms. He's just absolutely the best doctor that I think I've probably ever had. Can't say enough wonderful things about him.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Dr. Karr was great. My daughter is only 1 which made the exam challenging. He had such a calm demeanor and a few tricks up his sleeve and was able to successfully complete her exam.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Great experience; everyone is very professional and kind.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    They have been a family to me, also I'm healing. They found the problem and immediately fixed it, I'm so grateful.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    We love Dr. Karr for our son's eye appointments. His staff is professional and always personable and nice to our son. He knows how to get through the exams without letting the kids on to the fact that they're getting an exam, they hopefully feel like they're playing a game.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Pleasant bedside manner. Thorough and good at describing procedure performed

  • Aug 15, 2019

    Coming to the Casey Eye Institute saved my son's eyesight without your guy's visit 8 years ago he would've ended up blinds. You guys diagnosed amblyopia on the very first visit when the previews place I have been going to saw him for 4 years and ever diagnose anything. So I would recommend the Elks Casey Eye Institute to everyone but I come across I will and I have thank you.

  • Aug 15, 2019

    Very good service.

  • Aug 06, 2019

    He is great as usual

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Took time to reacquaint himself with my history before the visit. Was his usual thorough self with exams as were his staff. He is an excellent practitioner. Am very pleased with his service.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    The providers themselves are amazing - we've yet to be disappointed. But the clinic is ALWAYS running late and I find the fact they dilate/put drops in our infant's eyes in the waiting room unsettling. I know it takes time to dilate, but it seems like there should be a way that is built into appt times and/or a space to do it that doesn't feel like...it's a rowdy common area with screaming children nearby.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Dr. Karr was very knowledgeable on what to do with [Name] eye. He also came out after the surgery, and personally talked with the family. Then he personally called us the day after the surgery to make sure she was doing well. That was very thoughtful of him, and you guys are doing great. Thank you.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Dr. Karr is extremely patient and very thorough in his examination and is able to help the children to get through their eye exam as quickly and as painlessly as they can.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    I did not feel as though I got all the information to go home and feel informed and knowledgeable about what is going on and what the plan is for the future. I would have appreciated more time with the dr. By the time we had finally seen the dr we had already been there for an hour and seen two other people, our infant was getting fussy and it was hard to focus

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Dr. Karr is an excellent doctor with in-depth experience, great listening skills, and a calming demeanor. I can see how he is a wonderful doctor for children.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Very impressed with OHSU and also Dr. Karr. My surgery was a success and everybody was very helpful.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    Asked questions, really listened to my responses, very detailed testing to evaluate my current situation.Everyone was kind and explained what they were doing. Visit was not rushed.Dr Karr explained where I was, next steps and why we had to wait to see how MG progresses.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    From the parking lot attendant to the reception desk to the staff to the amazing Dr Karr, to the surgical staff, all of my interactions have been very positive. There is a feeling in this clinic that it's ALL about the patient. Any procedure involving one's vision is scary, whether you are a child or an adult. Everyone, especially Dr. Karr made me feel safe and well taken care of. The Casey Eye Institute is a gem Portland should be proud of. And, with my two surgeries, I love that this a teaching hospital with many students learning valuable information and gaining hands on experience.

  • Jul 15, 2019

    He and his staff are always knowledgeable and kind. He is also willing and able to answer any questions which come up and put them in understandable terms.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Dr. Karr is a wonderful surgeon. He's been a wonderful person to interact with about my son's care. He had surgery when he was about 2. It was a very stressful time and Dr. Karr took the time to make sure that we all understood what was happening. The day of the surgery, he did amazing and came out and spoke to us as soon as possible. And we've just been doing follow up visits now and he continues to be probably the best provider that I've.... I've ever had personally in my life, as well as my son and my husband and I are both really grateful for Dr. Karr.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    I always appreciate dr Karr's direct approach. He is very informative and always answers my questions. His associates are very good with their initial exams, and I always feel that I am getting the best possible treatment.

  • Jul 02, 2019

    We have been seeing Dr. Karr for 12 years, and my son just aged out of the clinic. Dr. Karr provided consistent, kind, and informed treatment for my son, and we are grateful for all the clinic did to help us out. We are sad to be moving on after so much time.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    Dr Karr is always kind and explains things very well.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Dr Karr has been nothing short of amazing with our family for the last 4 years! Our journey has been long and trying at times. Dr Karr and his staff have been incredible with our little girl from the time she was 6 months to her bilateral eye surgery! I will be so sad the day Dr Karr retires, but I know we will be in great hands with whomever replaces him!

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Kind and clear

  • Jun 15, 2019

    All we encountered were kind, caring and professional.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    They are very timely and accommodating. The entire staff is kind and caring.

  • Jun 12, 2019


  • Jun 12, 2019

    They have taken good care of him and I recommend them to other people. Thanks.

  • May 30, 2019

    Very professional

  • May 29, 2019

    The visit went really great. He is an amazing eye dr and is great with kids.

  • May 29, 2019

    Dr. Karr is great and the everybody at the office was helpful and kind.

  • May 23, 2019

    My first experience with him I felt as though he thought I was a cray mother. My other I encounters he has been kind and engaging listening to what I had to say and what my daughter had to say.

  • May 23, 2019

    We love going to Dr. Karr. He's the best. I feel very confident in his information and I feel that he cares and takes the time needed to make sure all questions are answered.

  • May 21, 2019

    He has a great rapport with the kids and is extremely knowledgeable. Is very good about explaining the exam to the parent.

  • May 16, 2019

    Dr Karl is always pleasant and thoroughly explains everything related to my medical condition and various treatment options.

  • May 16, 2019

    Dr. Karr was amazing, but I really had an amazing overall experience seeing the (INAUDIBLE). They took the personal care needed for my health care needs and I really felt like they worked great as a team.

  • May 14, 2019

    Very professional, smart, aware of my issues.

  • May 09, 2019

    We've had Dr. Karr for a couple years now, and he was very kind and thorough and answers all of our questions. He's been a great doctor. That's it.

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