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Jacquelyn A. Jetton O'Banion, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Director, Global Ophthalmology-Emory (GO-Emory)

Jacquelyn A. Jetton O'Banion, MD, MSc, joined the Emory Eye Center in January 2016 and serves as an assistant professor in the Comprehensive service. She brings a solid foundation in public health to enhance our leadership team and support Emory Eye Center’s growing and expanding international programs in global ophthalmology.

Dr. O'Banion received her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 2009. Her residency in Ophthalmology (2013) and a Global Eye Care fellowship (2014) were completed at the University of Oklahoma. She most recently completed a Masters in Public Health, MSc, at the world-renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2015).

Dr. O'Banion's primary practice location will be at the Emory Eye Center and at the Grady Eye Clinic. She is the director for the Eye Center's Global Ophthalmology-Emory program (GO-Emory). Her clinical work includes routine eye exams, cataract surgery and other comprehensive eye care services.

Her research interests include pediatric vision screening and improving access to address health care disparity for underserved populations, both locally and abroad. She has participated several studies in underserved populations such as in Peru and Swaziland. Dr. O’Banion is works with local hospitals, clinics and ministries of health to establish national eye care plans.

National Recognition

Dr. O'Banion is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (inducted 2008, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio); the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology.

She has been an invited lecturer speaking about both eye care for the primary care provider and about global eye care opportunities.

Areas of Clinical Interest

• Routine eye exams
• Cataract surgery
• Comprehensive eye care services


Natalie A. Townsend, OD, FAAO

Undergraduate: BA, Spanish and Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, cum laude, 2005

Medical School: MD, University of Texas health Science Center at San Antonio, 2009

Internship: Transitional Year: Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center, Portland, OR, 2010

Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Oklahoma, Dean McGee Eye Institute, 2013

Fellowship: Global Eye Care, University of Oklahoma, Dean McGee Eye Institute, 2014

Master of Science: MSc Public Health for Eye Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, 2015


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