Jess Thomas Whitson, MD $$

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Jess T. Whitson, M.D., is an ophthalmologist at Children’s Health℠.

Dr. Whitson completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a residency in ophthalmology at UT Southwestern. Dr. Whitson went on to a yearlong glaucoma fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Whitson is board certified in ophthalmology and has been an Associate Examiner with the American Board of Ophthalmology since 2005. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), where he sits on the Annual Meeting Program Committee. Dr. Whitson also belongs to the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Whitson is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and is a past recipient of the Achievement Award from the AAO. He is listed in Woodward-White’s Best Doctors in America, Texas Monthly’s Super Doctors and in the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists.

Dr. Whitson is a reviewer for several professional journals and has authored more than 75 publications. 

Education and Training

Medical School
Johns Hopkins University (1986)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1987), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1991), Ophthalmology
Emory University Hospital (1992), Glaucoma
Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology


Departments and Programs

  • Research Interests

    • Acanthamoeba Keratitis and glaucoma
    • Drugs to treat glaucoma
    • Hereditary features of glaucoma
  • Professional Activities

    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • American Glaucoma Society
    • Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology
    • European Glaucoma Society
    • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Awards and Honors

    • Texas Monthly Magazine - Super Doctors (2014)
    • D Magazine - Best Doctors in Dallas (2013)
    • Consumers’ Research Council of America - America’s Top Ophthalmologists (2011)
    • Who’s Who - Executives and Professionals (2011)
    • Board of Directors - Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology, 2011-2014 (0)