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Maria M. Aaron, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Emory University School of Medicine

Maria M. Aaron, MD, is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology within Emory University School of Medicine. For 14 years, Dr. Aaron served as the residency program director for Ophthalmology and is now the associate dean of Graduate Medical Education.

National Recognition

Dr. Aaron was elected to the Program Directors Council of the Association of the University Professors of Ophthalmology and in 2010, she received the prestigious Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education. The award was dually conferred by the presidents of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO). She also received the 2011 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" Award, which is presented nationally to 10 outstanding residency program directors for their commitment to teaching and their innovative and effective teaching methods.

Dr. Aaron served as president of the Program Directors’ Council of AUPO (2008) and as the vice-chair of the Ophthalmology Residency Review Committees for the ACGME. In 2011, she was invited to work on the Special Projects Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and assumed the role of Associate Secretary of Special Projects for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in January 2013.

For her contributions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, she was recognized with a Senior Achievement Award in July 2015.  She has also been recognized by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) with a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions as an Examiner of the ABO (2005-2013).

In December 2016, Dr. Aaron was selected as secretary for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Annual Meeting. The position is a three-year appointment based on AAO member voting.

She is a sought-after speaker, particularly on a variety of education topics. She has published a number of articles and chapters on topics related to resident education and has lectured widely at national ophthalmic meetings on a variety of important competency and accreditation topics. Her most recent interest is in the area of generational differences in academic medicine 

Above all, Dr. Aaron truly enjoys her large clinical and surgical practice and is frequently ranked in the top 10% of all Emory physicians for patient satisfaction. She is a natural leader and compassionate physician who has an unparalleled passion for education.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Adult comprehensive ophthalmology
• Diabetic retinopathy
• Cataract surgery
• Complicated cataract surgery

Publications (PubMed link)


Maria M. Aaron, MD

Medical School
Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN: 1991-1995

Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Atlanta GA: 1995-96

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta GA:

Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

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