Dr. Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD

Specializing in Ophthalmology, Aerospace Medicine, Problematic Gaming, and the Excessive Use of Digital Media. Internationally recognized speaker & author.

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Dr. Andrew 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 Porn Addiction. Dr. Doan is the author of Hooked on Games.

Dr. Doan practices comprehensive ophthalmology, eye pathology, and aerospace medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Doan treats a broad range of eye disorders including eye cancers and tumors and manages disorders associated with aviation.

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, aerospace medicine, and public health as clinical disciplines which compliment 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. Due to his interests in mental health, addiction medicine, and human performance optimization, he completed a Masters in Public Health Degree at the University of West Florida and a second residency in Aerospace Medicine at the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola, Florida.

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.

Some of Dr. Andrew Doan's Presentations:

  • Watch What's Your End Game: Winning in the Digital Age

  • Watch Technology Addiction - Health Matters

  • Watch Dr. Andrew & Julie Doan at Andrews University on Gaming and the Brain

  • Watch "Video Game Addiction" Men's Breakfast at Reliance Church

  • Watch Lazy Eye and "Lazy Brain" Syndromes: Rescuing our kids from a digital vortex

  • His books:

  • Available on Amazon Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction

  • Available on Amazon Digital Vortex Survival Guide: Behaviors, Digital Media, & the Brain



    Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute
    Pensacola, FL
    Second residency, Aerospace Medicine 2019-2021
    The Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA
    Fellowship, Eye Pathology 2005-2006
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
    Residency, Ophthalmology 2002-2005
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
    Internship 2001-2002
    University of West Florida
    Pensacola, FL
    Degree: MPH 2019-2021
    The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD
    Degree: MD with a PhD in Neuroscience 1993-2001
    Reed College
    Portland, OR

    Medical Practice & Experience

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. Ophthalmology, Loma Linda University, 2007-2017

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services U. of the Health Sciences, 2007-Present

    • Senior Medical Officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, 2021-Present

    • Department Head, Ophthalmology, Naval Hospital Okinawa, 2017-2019

    • Head of Addictions & Resilience Research, Dept. of Mental Health, Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2014-2017

    • Staff, Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Ocular Pathology, Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2006-2017

    • Ophthalmologist, Eye Associates of Southern California, 2010-2017

    Honors & Awards

    • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, third award, performance as Department Head of Ophthalmology in Okinawa - 2019

    • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, first award, for efforts to educate families about the health and mental health problems associated with excessive use of digital media (social media, gaming, and porn) - 2018

    • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, second award, performance as Head of Addictions & Resilience Research - 2017

    • Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, first award, performance on USNS Mercy - 2017

    • Distinguished Alumni Award, U. Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, for creation of EyeRounds during residency, an internet educational resource reaching millions of people annually - 2015

    • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award - 2010

    • Teaching Award, US Navy, NMCSD Ophthalmology Residency Program - 2008

    • Society of Heed Fellows, one selected yearly - 2005

    • Heed Fellowship: 2005 - 2006

    • ARVO Travel Grant - 2005

    • University of Iowa, Dept. of Ophthalmology, PJ Leinfelder Research Award - 2005

    • AFAR/Glenn Foundation Research Scholarship - 1999

    • Medical Scientist Training Program - Johns Hopkins U., School of Medicine: 1993 – 2001

    • Travel Award – Society for Neuroscience - 1992

    • National Institutes of Health Grant for Underrepresented Minorities - 1992

    • Commended for Excellence in Scholarship – Reed College (Phi Beta Kappa): 1989 – 1992

    • Jack Smith Memorial Scholarship, Security Pacific Bank Scholarship, and Portland General Electric Merit Scholarship: 1989 - 1992

    • Alvin-Pearson Memorial Scholarship - 1990

    • Research Internship Awarded by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon - 1989

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Academy of Ophthalmology

    • Christian Ophthalmology Society

    • The Society of United States Naval Flight Surgeons


    Peer-reviewed Academic Papers

    Berger, JH, Kehoe, JE, Doan, AP, Crain, DS, Klam, WP, Marshall, MT, & Christman, MS. Survey of Sexual Function and Pornography. Military medicine, 2019, 184(11-12), 731–737. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usz079

    Gentile DA, Bailey K, Bavelier D, Brockmyer JF, Cash H, Coyne SM, Doan A, Grant DS, Green CS, Griffiths M, Markle T, Petry NM, Prot S, Rae CD, Rehbein F, Rich M, Sullivan D, Woolley E, Young K. Internet Gaming Disorder in Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2017 Nov;140(Suppl 2):S81-S85. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1758H.PMID: 29093038

    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.

    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.

    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]

    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. 2015 Jul;180(7):e839-43. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00597.

    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]

    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]

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Book Chapters & Review Articles

    Doan, AP, Yung, K, Cazares, P, and Klam, WP. Internet Gaming Disorder and Internet Addiction Disorder: Future Careers in Research, Education, and Treatment. Field Guide to Evidence-Based, Technology Careers in Behavioral Health. Telemental Health, Springer 2017.

    Baum, E and Doan, A. Morphology and Pathologic Response of Corneal and Conjunctival Disease. Copeland and Afshari’s Principles and Practice of Cornea. Jaypee – Highlights Medical Publishers, Inc.: 59-69, 2013

    Doan, AP with Brooke Strickland, Hooked on Games: The Lure & Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction, F.E.P International, 2012, ISBN 193557602X

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

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

    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.


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