James A Davidson MD

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James A. Davison, M.D., F.A.C.S., graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1972, received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School at Rochester in 1976, and finished his ophthalmology internship at Los Angeles County – University of Southern California School of Medicine at Los Angeles in 1977. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester finishing as chief resident in 1980 and joined the Wolfe Eye Clinic (WEC) as the sixth eye surgeon in Marshalltown, Iowa.  He was certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1976 and the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1981. 

Among his Wolfe Eye Clinic eye care related accomplishments, Dr. Davison started the Vitrectomy Service at Wolfe Eye Clinic in 1981 and performed anterior and posterior segment surgery until 1999 when he formally specialized in cataract and refractive surgery. Over his 30 year career, he and his partners grew WEC into a state wide organization which features 10 main offices, 1 surgery center, 9 Wolfe Family Vision Centers, and 23 WEC associated satellite practices employing 20 surgeons and 17 optometrists with a staff of over 350. He was President and Chairman of Wolfe Eye Clinic’s board of directors from 1995–2010 and president of Wolfe Surgery Center 2010-2012.


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100%
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100%
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93%
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100%
Would Recommend to Others?
100%
Doctor Details
Primary Specialty
Cataracts
Secondary Specialty
Refractive Surgery
Title
Ophthalmologist (MD)
Deborah Becker
32 out of 76 people found this review helpful
Summary: A+
February 22nd, 2017
“Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.” – Helen Keller

As a dutiful daughter, I had accompanied my parents to The Wolfe Clinic four times to remove these things called cataracts that old people get. In the blink of an eye, my own hour had come. The years had delivered me into the eye of the storm, and it was my time to clear the
windshield of my sight. Subsequently, so inconvenienced by having to remove my contact lenses, so frightened to face the reality of surgery,I cancelled my appointments at The Wolfe Clinic 39 times. Really.

Finally, on January 24, 2017, I committed and kept my appointment with Dr. James Davidson, an ophthalmologist who had earned a reputation
of mythological and epic proportions as a preeminent surgeon in our big-town-small-world city of Des Moines.

As I waited for his appearance in the examination room, my eyes like saucers from dilation, I anxiously wondered if we would see eye-to-eye. Would this go-to guy be white-coated, hard-hearted, with dollar signs in his eyes? I wanted to flee; I was afraid of “the big bad ‘Wolfe.’

Yet not long after, I heard a little knock, Dr. Davidson announced his presence, and the door opened, Through my haze I saw a smiling face … a sight for sore eyes. He extended a hand and gave a firm shake, his smile was as sweet as frosting on a cake. His warmth, humor, and reassuring manner evoked the confidence and reassurance I sought. I had found love at first sight!

As agreed, I stared Cupid down, sandwiching him between surgeries on February 9th and 16th. Two heart monitors, two nurses and anesthesiologists, several compassionate and efficient extraneous souls, two shower caps, four Smurf shoes, two wheel chairs, four warm blankets, two procedural psychedelic light shows, plenty of Verced®, and one very kind, competent, holistic physician
later, I find myself living a dream.

I must share that I never imagined a world in which I could see without visual aid. For this inconceivable gift, I give thanks to Dr. Davidson and his associates at The Wolfe Clinic. I am fortunate, as is Iowa, to have this top-staffed, immaculate, state-of-the-art facility available to all. Wolfe, A+ in every way!

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Donna Butler
35 out of 88 people found this review helpful
Summary: Cataract surgery
December 14th, 2016
Dr Davison is great. I have the very best confidence in him and his very
Skilled work. I am so pleased with my cataract surgery I had done in
October 2016. Very kind person, very thourough and patient. I never had
Any pain at any time, not even after I went home. The surgery and office staff were Very kind and professional. I will highly recommend him to anyone
Needing his expertise and knowledge.
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Esther Halterman
41 out of 97 people found this review helpful
Summary: A new world after cataract surgery
December 14th, 2016
I was evaluated and seen in the West Des Moines office with courteous and knowledgeable staff. I found that they couldn't schedule me for two months! They suggested the Marshalltown clinic and it was worth the drive! I was able to schedule my appointment earlier, got to the clinic with ease. DR. Davidson and his staff was so polite, courteous, patient, knowledgeable, and sufficient! I'm very pleased with the results and I can now see things that I was never able to see before! I feel like I have a new world that I'm seeing! Thank you!
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Karen Staker
52 out of 113 people found this review helpful
Summary: I Like My Eye Surgeon
August 31st, 2016
My cataract evaluation appointment went. fine. Kind and courteous. I like the eye surgeon so that helps. Thank you.
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