Eye Physician & Surgeon, Neuroscientist, Author & Speaker

Dr. Doan is a recognized expert in digital media addictions. With a doctoral degree in neuroscience, his background in molecular neuroscience adds in depth knowledge into the areas of Internet Addiction, Video Game Addiction, and Technology Addiction. Dr. Doan is author of Hooked on Games.

Dr. Doan practices comprehensive ophthalmology and eye pathology and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Doan treats a broad range of eye disorders including eye cancers and tumors.

Dr. Andrew Doan is a doctor, doctor, i.e. M.D. and Ph.D., meaning that he was one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) medical scientist doctors. Every year the NIH provides funding for the training of medical scientists, M.D./Ph.D.'s. These medical scientists comprise of about 200 students every year out of 16,000 medical students. They get paid to go through this eight year program to teach and do research. The goal is to create medical scientists and educators to teach and do research in medical schools and public settings. These medical scientists pick a clinical discipline as well as a basic science discipline. Dr. Doan chose ophthalmology as a clinical discipline which compliments well with his interest in neuroscience. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins, the premier neuroscience training program in the world. He has had over 10 years of experience doing research on learning, memory, and brain development.

The neurosensory retina in the eyes connect with the brain through approximately 2.4 million nerve fibers, making the eyes an extension of the brain. With Dr. Doan's clinical knowledge in visual systems and his research training in neuroscience, his expertise is unique and rare. He is able to speak with medical and scientific authority on brain development, the visual system, and how digital media work through the visual system to reprogram the brain via neuronal plasticity.

Born in Saigon Vietnam and raised in Oregon, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Reed College. He completed both his medical degree and doctoral degree in neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Doan completed an Internal Medicine Internship and General Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa. After his ophthalmology training, he completed his fellowship in eye pathology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Doan teaches medical students and residents, published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and speaks internationally. Dr. Doan's previous positions include being the Chair for the Young Ophthalmologist committee, Online News & Education Network Deputy Editor-in-Chief, and an OPHTHPAC/Congressional Advocacy Committee member for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Doan served as a Risk Management Committee Member for the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company. When not pursuing his career interests, he enjoys spending time with family and giving talks on addictive behaviors for Real Battle Ministries. 

Undergraduate: Reed College

Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Top 5 Medical School)

Residency: Ophthalmology, The University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology (Top 5 Residency Training Program)

Fellowship: Eye Pathology, The Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA (Top 10 Training Program)

Author & Speaker Reviews (From Amazon.com and Medrounds.org)

"This is one of those books that you know you have to read all the while knowing someone you love is impacted and addicted to gaming. Doan draws you in with his own story which is stunning and compelling. Are our youth trading real life for an artificial world that takes place in the confines of their own mind? Doan makes a compelling case that should should not be ignored. As Mayor of my community I will be taking this issue up in my next term. I want to know if the youth in my community are being affected by this. I want to know if it is an impact on our local families and what can be done about it. " - Mike Naggar (Mayor of Temecula, CA)

“Tip of the Ice Berg: As a practicing family doctor who also specializes in sports medicine I am embarrassed that I did not realize the extent of gaming addiction until I was referred to this book. I have been a high school team doctor and have noticed more and more of the students hooked on these games but didn't realize depth of this addiction. It is as if we who only "like" computers but don't "love" computers are only now seeing the tip of a very large iceberg. This book will change the way I practice medicine to screen my patients for this addiction. Through Dr. Doan bearing his soul and addiction to the readers he has graphically enlightened all of us. I will be recommending this to all my patients at risk. Thank you Dr. Doan for opening our eyes to this unspoken addiction. Well written, fast paced and scholarly researched.” – Jerry Hizon, MD

“As is true with many addictions, overuse of video games steals our valuable and limited time and minds.” – Christie Morse, MD (Pediatric Ophthalmologist)

“Shocking insights into the minds of hardcore gamers.” – Daniel Hunt (Former Competitive Gamer)

"Excellent engaging story about overcoming an addiction and what damage it had done to himself and family. Great story of how his problem turned his life around through his own strength and with help from his God." - Ron, Medrounds Publications, www.medrounds.org, Verified Reviews®

"Very sincere and open about his failings... sincere in his desire to communicate the depth and spread of this pernicious addiction. I was interested in the names of feel good enzymes and hormones released by brain: dopamine, epinephrine? Like how the response works. Now we need to think how to undo it and make real life rewarding." - Medrounds Publications, www.medrounds.org, Verified Reviews®

"Probably the most educated, intelligent and realistic about current society speaker I have heard in years! Maybe EVER - and this comes from a retired educator." - Medrounds Publications, www.medrounds.org, Verified Reviews®

"This was amazing. I never knew all of this. I suspected it! I've been a school teacher for 50 plus years so you know I am interested. Thanks so much and God bless you." - Dora Lou, Medrounds Publications, www.medrounds.org, Verified Reviews®

"Dr. Andrew Doan was a very powerful and interactive speaker. I found it extremely helpful to hear his story since I know someone who is extremely addicted to gaming and refuses to leave his room for more than the restroom. Dr. Doan's lecture helped me understand the addiction more and be more attentive to this struggle in society." - Danielle, Medrounds Publications, www.medrounds.org, Verified Reviews®

Patient Reviews:

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          Dr. Doan is an excellent Doctor. Very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions that I had. (Vitals.com)

He show great concerns for my condition. If I have questions, he's always ready to give an answer. If I have problems with my medication I can call him anytime during the week between my visits. I feel he's highly professional in his profession. (Vitals.com)

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Andrew Doan. From the minute I walked into his office I really felt comfortable and that he was going to take very good care of me. He is truely a professional in his God given talents. He made sure that I understood all that was going to happen during surgery, and he reassured me that I had nothing to worry about. The staff that he has working with him were kind, caring and extremely professional in treating me. They made me feel like I was somebody and not just a number to them. Dr. Doan is my HEROE!!! (Vitals.com)

To start with when i first meet Dr. Doan, i was not expecting a young well-accomplished doctor. He's very professional, very neat-looking doctor. He really takes reasonable amount of time to answer my question(s). He even took time to write on/fill-out the paperwork(s)i needed to be eligible to take my RN Board exam with an additional 3 more hours( and he filled-out the form with he's own handwriting- 2 pages long too!)It is nice to have a doctor that treats their pts. as if the're all #1. (Vitals.com)

It was obvious that he was very busy, but he made me feel like I was his only patient, and I left his office feeling like my problems were in good hands. He was caring, but very professional. (Vitals.com)

Dr. Doan is the absolute number one ophthalmic surgeon, and his professionalism is caring. His attention to detail is to be commended. I would recommend Dr. Doan to my family, my friends, and my associates. He is the very, very best. I wish it be possible that we would be fortunate enough to have 100 more just like him. (Vitals.com)

Research Internship Awarded by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon- (1989)
Alvin-Pearson Memorial Scholarship (1990)
Jack Smith Memorial Scholarship, Security Pacific Bank Scholarship, and Portland General Electric Merit Scholarship (1991)
Commended for Excellence in Scholarship - Reed College (89-90, 90-91 & 91-92)
National Institutes of Heath Grant for Underrepresented Minorities - (1992)
Travel Award – Society for Neuroscience (1992)
Medical Scientist Training Program - Johns Hopkins U., School of Medicine (1993-2001)
AFAR/Glenn Foundation Research Scholarship- (1999)
US Navy FAP for Ophthalmology – (2002-2006)
Allergan Unrestricted Grant for www.eyerounds.org - (2004, 2005)
University of Iowa, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Resident Research Grant– (2004)
University of Iowa, Dept. of Ophthalmology, PJ Leinfelder Research Award – (2005)
ARVO Travel Grant – (2005)
Heed Fellowship – (2005-2006)
Society of Heed Fellows, one selected yearly – (2005)
Meyer Weiner Teaching Award - (2007)
American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award – (2010)
Distinguished Alumnus Award for Early Achievement, U of Iowa Carver College of Medicine – (2015)

Phi Beta Kappa (1993)
Society of Heed Fellows (2005)
American Eye Study Club (2011)

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Society of Military Ophthalmologists
California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons

Neuroendocrine regulation of the hypothalamopituitary-gonadal axis. 1989-1993
Advisor: Henryk Urbanski, Ph.D. Oregon Regional Primate Research Center

Induction of specific transcriptional factors via apoptotic pathways. 1994
Advisor: Jay Baraban, M.D., Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Cellular and molecular biology of the presenilins. 1995-2000
Advisors: Paul Worley, M.D., Sam Sisodia, Ph.D. & Don Price, M.D. The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.

Diurnal variation of intraocular pressures in glaucoma patients. 2003-2005.
University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology.

Enhancement of organophosphatase activity in human proteins through the utilization of high throughput protein engineering. 2005-2006.
University of California, Los Angeles, Jules Stein Eye Institute. Co-investigator with Ben Glasgow, M.D.

General Ophthalmologist and Eye Pathologist. 2006-current

Research in digital media addictions. 2014-current

American Board of Ophthalmology – June 2007

California, Certificate Number A95956, Issued June 14, 2006. Expires April 30, 2018.

Volunteer Administrator for www.studentdoctor.net, a Non-Profit Organization promoting the education of pre-doctoral students (2002 – 2011)
Young Ophthalmologist Committee Member, AAO (2005 - 2009)
Young Ophthalmologist Committee Chair, AAO (2009 - 2012)
Congressional Advocacy Committee Member, AAO (2005 - 2009)
Board Member of www.missionforvisionusa.org, a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the advancement of ocular research (2005)
Vice-chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, NMCSD, (2006 – 2012)
Managing Editor, Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, a peer-reviewed publication focused on the ACGME competencies and improvement of education in ophthalmology (2007 - 2014)
OPHTHPAC Committee, AAO (2009 - 2014)
Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company Underwriting Committee (2011-2016)
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Deputy Editor-in-Chief (2011-2015)

Urbanski, H.F., Doan, A., and Pierce, M. (1991). Immunocytochemical investigation of luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone neurons in Syrian hamsters maintained under long or short days. Biology of Reproduction, 44, 687-692.

Urbanski, H.F., Doan, A., Pierce, M., Fahrenbach, W.H., and Collins, P.M. (1992). Maturation of the hypothalamopituitary-gonadal axis of male Syrian hamsters. Biology of Reproduction, 46, 991-996.

Doan, A. and Urbanski, H.F. (1994). Diurnal expression of Fos in luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone neurons of Syrian hamsters. Biology of Reproduction, 50, 301-308.

Doan, A., Thinakaran, G., Borchelt, D.R., Slunt, H.H., Ratovitsky, T., Podlisny, M., Selkoe, D.J., Seeger, M., Gandy, S.E., Price, D.L., and Sisodia, S.S. (1996). Protein topology of presenilin 1. Neuron, 17, 1023-1030.

Xiao B., Tu J.C., Petralia R.S., Yuan J.P., Doan A., Breder C.D., Ruggiero A., Lanahan A.A., Wenthold R.J., and Worley P.F. (1998). Homer regulates the association of group 1 metabotropic glutamate receptors with multivalent complexes of homer-related, synaptic proteins. Neuron 21(4):707-716.

Tu JC, Xiao B, Naisbitt S, Yuan JP, Petralia RS, Brakeman P, Doan A, Aakalu VK, Lanahan AA, Sheng M, Worley PF. (1999). Coupling of mGluR/Homer and PSD-95 complexes by the Shank family of postsynaptic density proteins. Neuron. 23(3):583-92.

Boudin H, Doan A, Xia J, Shigemoto R, Huganir RL, Worley P, Craig AM. (2000). Presynaptic clustering of mGluR7a requires the PICK1 PDZ domain binding site. Neuron. Nov;28(2):485-97.

Pokharel D, Doan AP, Lee, AG. (2004). Group B Streptococcus Endogenous Endophthalmitis presenting as Septic Arthritis and a Homonymous Hemianopsia due to Embolic Stroke. American Journal of Ophthalmology, Aug; 138(2): 300-302.

Doan, AP, Lee, SK, Chaloupka, J, Nerad, JA, Lee, AG. (2004). Subperiosteal Hematoma of the Orbit Following an Aneurysm Coiling Procedure. American Journal of Ophthalmology, Oct; 138(4): 680-682.

Shuba LM, Doan AP, Maley MK, Zimmerman MB, Dinn RB, Greenlee EC, Alward WL, Kwon YH. Diurnal fluctuation and concordance of intraocular pressure in glaucoma suspects and normal tension glaucoma patients. J Glaucoma. 2007 May;16(3):307-12.

Dinn RB, Zimmerman MB, Shuba LM, Doan AP, Maley MK, Greenlee EC, Alward WL, Kwon YH. Concordance of diurnal intraocular pressure between fellow eyes in primary open-angle glaucoma. Ophthalmology. 2007 May;114(5): 915-20.

Wendel L, Doan A, Ferguson K, Oetting T, and Mandel J. First and Fourth Year Medical Students’ Preferred Resources for Answering Clinical Questions. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2008. 1: 90-96.

Oetting T, Beaver HA, Johnson TA, Greenlee E, Henderson BA, Doan A, and Lee AG. Planning for Surgical Competency: The University of Iowa Experience. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. 2009. 2: 23-32.

ACCORD Study Group; ACCORD Eye Study Group, Chew EY, Ambrosius WT, Davis MD, Danis RP, Gangaputra S, Greven CM, Hubbard L, Esser BA, Lovato JF, Perdue LH, Goff DC Jr, Cushman WC, Ginsberg HN, Elam MB, Genuth S, Gerstein HC, Schubart U, Fine LJ. Effects of medical therapies on retinopathy progression in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2010 Jul 15;363(3):233-44. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1001288. Epub 2010 Jun 29. Erratum in: N Engl J Med. 2011 Jan 13;364(2):190. N Engl J Med. 2012 Dec 20;367(25):2458.

Mets MB, Brown A, Doan AP, Williams RD, Mills R, Erie JC, Gross R, Council of the American Ophthalmological Society. Arch Ophthalmology. 2012. Sep; 130(9): 1190-1194.

Coan EB, Doan A, Allen C. Mucinous eccrine carcinoma: a rare case of recurrence with lacrimal gland extension. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep-Oct;28(5):e109-10. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e31823c80ba.

Yung K, Eickhoff E, Davis DL, Klam WP, and Doan AP. Internet addiction disorder and problematic use of Google GlassTM in patient treated at a residential substance abuse treatment program. Addictive Behaviors. 2014. Sep 26; 41C: 58-60. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.024. [Epub ahead of print]

Doan AP, Yung K, Bishop F, and Klam WP. Cyberbullying of mental health patients: Ethical and professional considerations for publication of case reports in the digital age. Addictive Behaviors. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.11.015 [Epub ahead of print]

Eickhoff E, Yung K, Davis DL, Bishop F, Klam WP, and Doan AP. Excessive Video Game Use, Sleep Deprivation, and Poor Work Performance Among United States Marines Treated in a Military Mental Health Clinic: A Case Series Military Medicine. Military Medicine. In press.

Gilman L, Cage DN, Horn A, Bishop F, Klam WP, Doan AP. Tendon Rupture Associated With Excessive Smartphone Gaming. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Apr 13. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0753. [Epub ahead of print]

Voss A, Cash H, Hurdiss S, Bishop F, Klam WP, Doan AP. Case Report: Internet Gaming Disorder Associated With Pornography Use. Yale J Biol Med. 2015 Sep 3;88(3):319-24. eCollection 2015 Sep.

Park BY, Wilson G, Berger J, Christman M, Reina B, Bishop F, Klam WP, Doan AP. Is Internet Pornography Causing Sexual Dysfunctions? A Review with Clinical Reports. Behav Sci (Basel). 2016 Aug 5;6(3). pii: E17. doi: 10.3390/bs6030017.



Price D.L., Wong P.C., Borchelt D.R., Pardo C.A., Thinakaran G., Doan A.P., Lee M.K., Martin L.J., and Sisodia S.S.: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer disease. Lessons from model systems. Rev Neurol (Paris) 153(8-9):484-495, 1997.

Doan, AP, Boland, MV, and Oetting, TA. Ophthalmic Pearls: Make the Most of Digital Cameras. American Academy of Ophthalmology, EyeNet, April, 2005.

Essential Optics Review for the Boards by Mark Wilkinson, O.D. Edited by Andrew Doan, MD, PhD. F.E.P. International, 2006, ISBN 976968916.

Urbanski, H.F., Doan, A., and Pierce, M. (1990). Immunocytochemistry of LHRH neurons in hamsters exposed to different photoperiods. Journal of Reproduction and Fertility Abstracts, series 5, p.50.

Urbanski, H.F., Pierce, M., Doan, A., and Collins, P.M. (1991). Morphological changes in luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone neurons associated with sexual maturation. Biology of Reproduction (Supplement 1), 44, 63.

Doan, A. and Urbanski, H.F. (1992). Enhanced afternoon secretion of LH in male Syrian hamsters is not associated with the induction of Fos-related protein in LHRH neurons. Society for Neuroscience, 22nd Annual Meeting.

Doan, A. and Urbanski, H.F. (1993). Expression of Fos-related antigens in LHRH neurons occurs after the estrogen and gonadotropin surge in the proestrous female Sytrian hamster. The Endocrine Society, 75th Annual Meeting.

Thinakaran, G., Doan, A., Lee, M.K., Slunt, H.H., Savage, M., Greenberg, B., Wang, R., Price, D.L., and Sisodia, S.S. (1996). Characterization of Presenilin 1 (PS1) with mutations linked to familial Alzheimer’s disease: metabolism, topology, and influence on Ab generation. Fifth International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Thinakaran, G., Borchelt, D.R., Doan, A., Slunt, H.H., Spitzer, L., Ratovitsky, T., Nordstedt, C., Seeger, M., Gandy, S.E., Hardy, J.A., Levey, A.I., Price, D.L., and Sisodia, S.S. (1996). Endoproteolytic processing and protein topology of presenilin 1. Society for Neuroscience, 26th Annual Meeting.

Doan, A., Thinakaran, G., Lanahan, A., Price, D.L., Sisodia, S.S., and Worley, P.F. (1996). Identification and characterization of a presenilin 1 interacting protein. Society for Neuroscience, 26th Annual Meeting.

Chowdhury, S., Lyford, G.L., Doan, A., Steward, C., Wallace C., Lanahan, A., and Worley, P.F.: Arc, a neural immediate early gene, interacts with the association of CaMKII. Society for Neuroscience, 1998.

Doan, AP. Being a Political Advocate Without Spending a Dime. American Academy of Ophthalmology Mid-Year Forum, April 2005.

Doan, AP, Zimmerman, MB, Alward, WLM, Greenlee, E, and Kwon, YH. Diurnal fluctuation and concordance of intraocular pressure in glaucoma suspects and ocular hypertension patients. ARVO, 2005.

Dinn, RB, Zimmerman, MB, Shuba, LM, Doan, AP, Maley, MK, Greenlee, EC, Alward, WLM, and Kwon, YH. Concordance of Diurnal Intraocular Pressure between Fellow Eyes in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, November 2006.

Doan, AP. How to Market Your Ophthalmology Practice on the Internet. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, 2007-2010.

Doan, AP. Ocular Pathology. Jules Stein Eye Institute Annual Comprehensive Ophthalmology Review Course. 2008-2011.

Doan, AP. Web Design Primer for the Ophthalmologist. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, 2008-2010.

Doan, AP. Basic Web Site Design for the Ophthalmologist. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, 2008-2010.

Doan, AP. Things You Need to Know About Eye Pathology to Avoid Medico-Legal Predicaments. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, November 2008.

Doan, AP. Maximizing Teaching and Learning With Modern Technology: Use of the Internet to improve resident education in ophthalmology. American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, November 2008.

Doan, AP. Ophthalmology & Communication: How ophthalmologists are using the internet to supercharge education around the world. American Ophthalmological Society, 2011.

Supercharge Your Internet Marketing & Online Reputation, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, 2007-2014