Dr Kearney is the founding principal of the Gold Coast Eye Clinic which began in 1984. He is participating in the development of both Griffith and Bond University Medical Schools where he is Clinical Associate Professor. Since graduating from the University of Melbourne with honours in surgery, leading ophthalmologist Dr John Kearney has worked extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
In addition to the specialist services he provides at the Gold Coast Eye Clinic, Dr Kearney is committed to helping patients in disadvantaged and third world communities. As a member of the Mercy Ships and the Pacific Island Projects, he has travelled extensively performing cataract and other surgery, giving lectures and assisting with skills transfers.
Additionally, he has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services on the Gold Coast and in Western Australian. He has also worked in the Northern Territory as part of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program established by Dr Fred Hollows. He has taken part in the Dili (East Timor) Eye Clinic with the International Red Cross and World Health Organisation. Away from the theatre, Dr Kearney enjoys sailing and ballroom dancing.