Meet Dawn Duss, MD
As 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.
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. I have been approved as an investigator for PEDIG (Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group) and will be enrolling patients in upcoming studies with the local Johnson and Johnson research site.
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. Since 2013, our family has embraced a leadership role in the local March of Dimes community. As the mother of 2 premature children, fighting preterm birth has been a mission close to my heart. Our family served as “Ambassador Family” in 2017 and Charles and I chaired the 2018 Signature Chef Event held in November here in Jacksonville. 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.