Dr. Steve Kutner grew up in Queens, NY and received a BSME degree in Engineering from New York University. After graduating from Vanderbilt University Medical School in 1965, Dr. Kutner did a one year internship at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Boston, MA, and then a three-year residency in Ophthalmology at Emory University Hospitals. Dr. Kutner was Chief of Ophthalmology at GA Baptist Medical Center, and held staff positions at Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center and other hospitals and his medical societies, include the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Fellow 1973), American College of Surgeons, and the Georgia Ophthalmological Society.
He has been an active volunteer in the Jewish Community for over thirty years, and has held several leadership positions, including the Medical Advisory Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Trustee (1992-1996) of Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, President of Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education and a Trustee at the Louis Kahn Group Home.
As the JHI Medical Director, he also represents the organizations interest and mission on many other boards and committees in Israel and elsewhere.
In 1991, Dr. Kutner founded Project Vision, a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate vision care for populations who have limited access to eye care in developing countries. His interest and challenge of the plight of Ethiopian Jewry was the catalyst that launched Project Vision. The organization also assesses problems and equipment needs and provides advanced training to medical personnel. Dr. Kutner currently serves as CEO of the organization.
In July 1999, Dr. Kutner, an original founder of Jewish Healthcare International (JHI) in Atlanta, accepted his current position as Medical Director.
He is a committee member since June 2012.