Maria M. Aaron, MD

Maria Aaron, MD

Maria M. Aaron, MD, is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology within Emory University School of Medicine. She is director of the section of Comprehensive Ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center and is chief of service at Emory University Hospital Midtown (Medical Office Tower). From 1999 to 2011, Dr. Aaron served as Emory Eye Center residency program director.

National Recognition

Dr. Aaron was elected to the Program Directors Council of the Association of the University Professors of Ophthalmology. 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. She received an Achievement Award from the AAO and is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology's Oral Board Examination.

Areas of Clinical Interest

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


  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta GA: 1996-99
  • Internship: Georgia Baptist Medical Center, Atlanta GA: 1995-96
  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN: 1991-95