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Home » Our Doctors » Samer Arafat O.D.

Samer Arafat O.D.

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I was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in Amman, Jordan. After graduating high school overseas, I moved back to my birthplace and attended the University of Iowa where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry with honors. I received my medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon then completed post-doctoral research fellowships from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Schepens Eye Research Institute/MEEI in Boston, Massachusetts in the field of cornea and ocular surface. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the New England College of Optometry followed by a year-long Ocular Disease Residency at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

My budding passion for eye care began at an early age. As a now third-generation eye doctor, I had the great opportunity to see, firsthand, not only how important eye health and vision are to the lives of many patients spanning generations but also the value that my father and grandfather placed on the quality of care they provided and their unwavering dedication to this rewarding profession. My appreciation for the eye continued to grow and, wanting a career in healthcare, it was the perfect match that set me on this incredible journey. It is great to be back in Iowa where I look forward to providing the best care for my patients.

I am a cinephile. I keep up with current events daily and enjoy talking about sports and movies. In my free time, I enjoy working on a screenplay I started, listening to music, going for long walks, and being in the company of good friends.