Lauren Doss MD, a Los Angeles native, is passionate about research and clinical ophthalmology in the cornea, cataract surgery, anterior segment reconstruction, and underserved ophthalmology both at home and abroad. She grew up volunteering with her family in eye health screens in local churches throughout East LA. Her father, Philip Doss, MD, has been a community ophthalmologist serving in the heart of East Los Angeles for 30 years.
Doss graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, at age twenty with her BA in Biology and a rich research experience in the early discoveries of the genetic basis of age-related macular degeneration. She took her interest in underserved and international ophthalmology to the University of California, San Francisco, where she earned her MD with distinction in 2014. During this time, she spent a year as a Medical Research Scholar at the National Eye Institute, studying nutritional associations with incidence and development of cataracts in the Age-Related Eye Disease study participants.
During her ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College, Doss coordinated and volunteered in surgical ophthalmology outreach in Zambia and the Dominican Republic. In Zambia, she performed cataract surgeries on patients from the lower provinces of the country who were blind from cataracts. She left Zambia with an overwhelming sense of need for humanitarian outreach and local surgical ophthalmology training development. While now turning to more locally-focused endeavors here in LA, underserved ophthalmology remains one of her passions.
When she is not working, Doss enjoys playing classical piano mostly for herself, photography, rock, mountain climbing, cooking and talking about vegan food, swimming and practicing her novice surfing skills, or scheming up some last-minute travels.