Specialties

Ophthalmology (Board certified since 2000)

At a Glance

  • 1999 Started practicing
  • 18 Years experience
  • 2 OFFICE LOCATIONS
  • 2 HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

About Dr. Aaron

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).

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.

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.

My Clinical Interests

  • cataract surgery
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • laser surgery
  • Ophthalmology

Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

INTERNSHIP

Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA

RESIDENCY

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Professional Memberships

Chair of the Special Projects Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology

Georgia Society of Ophthalmology

Honors & Awards

2012, Becker’s ASC 135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America 2011, Gold Humanism Honor Society: In recognition of exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion 2011, Academy of ACGME Program Directors of Emory University School of Medicine 2010, ACGME Courage to Teach Award 2010, Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education 2009, 2010, Vice-chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology 2009, American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2000 – 01, Teacher of the Year, Family Practice Residency Training Program 1991, National Research Service Award, Department of Health and Human Services 1991, Donald E. Pearson Award for Undergraduate Chemistry Research 1991, Tarbell Organic Chemistry Award 1990, Mortar Board Senior Honorary 1990, Phi Beta Kappa 1989-91, Arts & Sciences Honors College Scholar

Major Publications

Injury to the Eye. Trauma - Fourth Edition,2000, Chapter 18, p. 401-414.

Ophthalmology Resident Training in Retractive Surgery . American Journal of Opthalmology,131(2): 241-243.

Locations & Appointments

2 Office Location(s)

1

Emory Clinic at 1365 Clifton Rd
1365 Clifton Rd NE
Bldg B
Atlanta, GA 30322

  • 404-778-2020
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2

Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree St NE
Ste 1850
Atlanta, GA 30308

  • 404-778-2020
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2 Hospital Affiliation(s)

3

Emory University Hospital Midtown

550 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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4

Emory University Hospital

1364 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
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Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

INTERNSHIP

Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA

RESIDENCY

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Professional Memberships

Chair of the Special Projects Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology

Georgia Society of Ophthalmology

Honors & Awards

2012, Becker’s ASC 135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America 2011, Gold Humanism Honor Society: In recognition of exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion 2011, Academy of ACGME Program Directors of Emory University School of Medicine 2010, ACGME Courage to Teach Award 2010, Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education 2009, 2010, Vice-chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology 2009, American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2000 – 01, Teacher of the Year, Family Practice Residency Training Program 1991, National Research Service Award, Department of Health and Human Services 1991, Donald E. Pearson Award for Undergraduate Chemistry Research 1991, Tarbell Organic Chemistry Award 1990, Mortar Board Senior Honorary 1990, Phi Beta Kappa 1989-91, Arts & Sciences Honors College Scholar

Major Publications

Injury to the Eye. Trauma - Fourth Edition,2000, Chapter 18, p. 401-414.

Ophthalmology Resident Training in Retractive Surgery . American Journal of Opthalmology,131(2): 241-243.