John M. Corboy, M.D. - Eye Mission of the Pacific

John M. Corboy, M.D.

John M. Corboy, MD


Born in Illinois, Dr. John M. Corboy came to Hawaii as a young child near the end of WWII. At the time his father was a U.S. Navy flight surgeon on hospital ships. John graduated from St. Louis Highschool in Honolulu.

Dr. Corboy majored in biology at Loyola University in Chicago and continued his studies at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. After his rotating internship, he served with the US Public Health Service running the San Diego Coast Guard Clinic and the San Ysidro Border Quarantine Station. After specializing in ophthalmology with the USPHS Hospital in San Francisco, he returned to Hawaii and began practice with Kaiser Permanente. He eventually founded Hawaiian Eye Center, which became the largest ophthalmology practice in the state, with nine offices.

Dr. Corboy is also the founder of the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, which provided philanthropic eye care around the world for 40 years. He also founded the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting, which became one of the largest ophthalmology meetings in the United States. The meeting has been held annually for over 35 years.

Dr. Corboy served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. For many years, Dr. Corboy hosted a weekly radio program broadcast across the Hawaiian Islands on health issues. He is also the author of The Retinoscopy Book, An Introductory Manual for Eyecare Professionals utilized by ophthalmology residents and optometry students, as well as 60@60: things that go wrong with your body and what to do about them.


  • The Lion’s Melvin Jones Fellowship
  • Republic of Vietnam Medal of Honor, Ophthalmology
  • People’s Health Award, National Eye Health Cambodia
  • Humanitarian Award 2019, University of Illinois, Chicago Alumni Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Pacific Edge Magazine