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Dawn N. Duss, MD

Get to know Dr. Dawn Duss

Dawn D. DussAs the oldest girl in a family of 10 kids, I have always been comfortable with children. Caring for them comes naturally for me, and I am perfectly at ease during all parts of the eye exam. Children are not just small adults, and I like to interact with them on their level. You can find me balancing siblings on one knee, wiping noses and examining stuffed animals on a daily basis. I enjoy my job and have fun caring for my patients. My father once told me, “find something you love to learn about”. I have been fortunate to enter a field that constantly astounds and amazes me. I am fearlessly passionate about pediatric Ophthalmology and take pride in providing exceptional care for the children of Northeast Florida.

Fellowship

Having been fellowship trained in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Emory University, I have specific experience with pediatric cataracts and am one of only a few pediatric ophthalmologists within 100 miles that perform this surgery. I am also skilled in evaluation and treatment of strabismus, amblyopia, retinopathy of prematurity and many other eye diseases of childhood. I am the only pediatric ophthalmologist in this area that will offer endoscopic excision of periorbital dermoids, allowing for a “scar free” result. I am a meticulous surgeon and have an appetite for learning new skills and techniques. I am an editor on the board of the Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and have served on the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Board. I am active in research and served as the Principle Investigator in a recent Bausch and Lomb multicenter cataract trial.

Giving Back

I volunteer my time and believe in giving back to the community. I am the current Medical Adviser for Vision Is Priceless, a local non profit organization that provides screening and care for Jacksonville’s residents with eye care needs, and have sat on their board for over 5 years. My husband, Dr Charles Duss, and I spent a summer in Grenada, performing pediatric eye surgeries through the CHORES foundation, and I have donated free eye exams to the children of Afghanistan through the Solace for the Children mission. I have been blessed to find a profession that is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. Every day, I have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of my patients. It is a fulfilling endeavor. If you’re looking for a pediatric ophthalmologist in Florida, I hope to see you and your family one day soon! Sincerely, Dawn N. Duss, MD View Dr. Duss’ profile on Health Grades.

Pediatric Eye Consultants of North Florida

Jacksonville Ophthalmologist - Dawn N. Duss, MD

240 Ponte Vedra Park Drive, Suite 202
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

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Current Medical Staff Appointments

Current Medical Staff Appointments

  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL. Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Jacksonville Beach Surgical Center, Surgical Staff, Ophthalmology
  • Baptist Medical Center South, Jacksonville, FL. Department of Ophthalmology
  • Saint Vincent’s Medical Center (Riverside/ Southside), Jacksonville, FL. Department of Ophthalmology
  • Orange Park Medical Center, Jacksonville FL. Department of Ophthalmology

Previous Medical Staff Appointments

Previous Medical Staff Appointments

  • Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, FL.  Division of Ophthalmology
    July 2006 to November 2014
  • Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL. Department of Ophthalmology

Previous Academic Appointments

Previous Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Ophthalmology
    University of Florida, College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL. Department of Ophthalmology
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
    Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL. Department of Ophthalmology

Education

Education

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
    Ophthalmology Resident 2002-2005
  • Presbyterian Medical Center / University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
    Transitional Internship, 2001-2002
  • MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude, May 2001
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Medicine/ Psychology
    Graduated Summa Cum Laude, May 1997

Honors / Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Northeast Florida Pediatric Society Subspecialist of the Year, 2014
  • Jacksonville Magazine “Top Doc” Award Designation, Healthgrades, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Best Doctors in America Award Designation, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Nemours Children’s Clinic, Annual Physician’s Excellence Awards, “Top Box” Patient Satisfaction for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Nemours Children’s Clinic, Associate of the Month, May 2012
  • Nemours Children’s Clinic, Employee of the Month, October 2010
  • “Kudos From Kuhns” WJXT Channel 4 News, 2009
  • Lions Eye Research Foundation Annual Research Award, 2005
  • The Alfonse A.Cinotti Award for academic and professional excellence as an ophthalmology resident, 2005
  • American Medical Women’s Association: Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, 2001
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ Award for Excellence and Achievement, 1999
  • MCP-Hahnemann Student Achievement Award for Excellence in Pharmacology, 1999
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Award for the Most Outstanding Work in the First Year, 1998
  • McGraw-Hill Book Company Award for Outstanding Work in the First Year, 1998
  • Magna Cum Laude, Hahnemann School of Medicine, May 2001
  • MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine Merit scholarship, 1997-2001
  • University of Notre Dame Alumni Association of Philadelphia Neeson Scholarship, 1993-1997
    Notre Dame Scholar recognition
  • Summa Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame, May 1997

Professional Memberships & Societies

Professional Memberships & Societies

  • North East Florida Pediatrics Society, Member 2011 to present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member, 2010 to present
  • Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Board of Editors, 2008 to present
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Member, 2008 to present
  • Florida Society of Ophthalmology, Member, 2006 to present
  • Duval County Society of Ophthalmology, Member, 2006 to present
  • Duval County Medical Society, Member, 2006 to present
  • Florida Medical Association, Member, 2006 to present
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Member, 2002 to present
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society