Maria E Aaron, MD

Emory Clinic

Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Professor of Ophthalmology

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Ophthalmology (Board certified since 2000)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
cataract surgery
laser surgery
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Eye Center, Clifton Campus
1365B Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
404 778-2020

Emory Eye Center, Emory Midtown Campus
550 Peachtree Street, 18th Fl, Ste 115
Atlanta, GA 30308
404 778-2020
Additional Spoken Language(s):
About Dr. Aaron

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 the Emory University Hospital Midtown location (Medical Office Tower). From 1999 to 2011, Dr. Aaron served as residency program director.

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.

She 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.

She is a sought-after speaker, particularly for residency program director sessions on a variety of GME 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.

Dr. Aaron is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Year Started Practicing: 1999
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 1999
Organizational 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
Major or Recent 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.

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
Medical School
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA