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Aaron Dotson, MD, Ophthalmology, Iowa City, IA


Ophthalmology Iowa City, IA

Cornea & External Disease, Refractive Surgery


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  • Aaron Douglas Dotson, MD is a native to Inglewood, CA, graduate from Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Medicine, and is currently completing his chief year of ophthalmology residency at The University of Iowa. While at SLU, Aaron served as the Co-President for the SLU Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), was hand-selected by faculty to serve on various executive search committees, and was additionally featured both on the NBC TODAY Show, and in for his work in Black Men in White Coats.

    Aaron is passionate about helping underserved & disadvantaged communities, as he's devoted a significant amount of time volunteering for various organizations and events across the country. He's also driven to inspire the next generation of minority physicians, as he's an active mentor for many students nationally.

    Following residency, Aaron will be completing his fellowship in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery at UC San Francisco | Francis I. Proctor Foundation.
  • Diversity in Ophthalmology and Beyond

    Ophthalmologists share their experiences navigating unequal treatment in medicine based on gender, race, and ethnicity, and they discuss both the hurdles to inc

    Making Tough Decisions: The Doctor's Role in a Medical Team

    2-25-2022 - Aaron Dotson, MD - Black History in Ophthalmology

    Ophthalmology Times: Being the change we want to see in ophthalmology

    Med School Alumnus, SLU Faculty Member Establish Fund to Help Students

    John Berry Meachum Scholarship

    BMWC: An Initiative To Increase The Number Of Black Men In Medicine


    Black Men in White Coats Founder Aims to Shape Next Generation of Doctors

    NBC TODAY Show

Education & Training

  • University of California (San Francisco)
    University of California (San Francisco)Fellowship, Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery, 2024 - 2025
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsResidency, Ophthalmology, 2020 - 2023
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsInternship, Preliminary Year, 2020 - 2021
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    Saint Louis University School of MedicineClass of 2020

Certifications & Licensure

  • IA State Medical License
    IA State Medical License 2020 - 2024

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • Dr. David Kearney McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT National Medical Fellowship (NMF), 2019

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