Erick D. Bothun, M.D. - MED - Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, University of Minnesota
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Erick D. Bothun, M.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences
Co-Director, Center for Thyroid Eye Disease
Erick D. Bothun, M.D.

Contact Information

Clinic Appt: (612) 625-4400
Office: (612) 626-3556
Fax: (612) 624-9337


Park Plaza Building
701 25th Ave S., 3rd Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Maple Grove Medical Center
Ophthalmology Clinic
14500 99th Ave. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369

For Clinic, Appointment, and Referral information visit University of Minnesota Physicians

Patient Care

Dr. Bothun treats patients with strabismus, pediatric cataracts, and glaucoma, metabolic ocular diseases, thyroid eye disease, and retinopathy of prematurity. He also provides surgical management of nystagmus.

He is Medical Director of Minnesota Lions Children’s Eye Clinic at the University of Minnesota, Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Training Program at the U of M, Co-Director of the Center of Thyroid Eye Disease, and serves as Director for University of Minnesota Physicians Board and for the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology (2013-14 President).


Research/Clinical Interests/Specializations

  • Strabismus
  • Pediatric cataracts
  • Intermittent exotropia
  • Aphakia
  • Ocular complications of metabolic diseases 

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Transitional Internship: Hennepin County Medical Center
Residency: University of Minnesota
Fellowship: University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors 2010-2014

US News and World Report Top Doctors 2011, 2013

Best Doctors in America 2013

Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology 2012

Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Assoc. Award 2012

AAPOS Honor Award 2012

Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Helen Keller Sight Award 2010

America’s Top Doctors 2009-2011

Published Works

VanderVeen DK, Nizam A, Lynn MJ, Bothun ED, McClatchey SK, Weakley DR, DuBois LG, Lambert SR. Predictability of Intraocular Lens Calculation and Early Refractive Status; The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Mar;130(3):293-9.

Berg KT, Hunter DG, Bothun ED, Antunes-Foschini R, McLoon LK. Extraocular muscles in patients with infantile nystagmus: Adaptations at the effector level. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;Mar;130(3):343-9.

Beck AD, Freedman SF, Lynn MJ, Bothun ED, Neely DE, Lambert SR. Infant Aphakia Treatment Study. Glaucoma-Related Adverse Events in the Infant Aphakia Treatment Study (IATS):1-Year Results. Arch Ophthal. 2012 Mar;130(3):300-5. Epub 2011 Nov.14.

Dijkstal J, Bothun ED, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Normal Exophthalmometry Measurements in a United States Pediatric Population. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jan;28(1) 54-6.

Bothun ED, Hansen EK. Fiber-optic microcatheter trabeculotomy combined with anterior segment surgery in children: Report of three cases. JAAPOS. 2011 Apr;15(2):193-5.

Stowman AM, Bothun ED, Belani KG. Discomfort, delirium, and PONV in infants and young children undergoing strabismus surgery. Minn Med. 2011 Mar;94(3):39-41.

Bothun ED, Kao T, Guo Y, Christiansen SP. Bilateral optic nerve drusen and gliomas in Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. JAAPOS. 2011 Feb;15(1):77-9.

Bothun ED, Decanini A, Summers, CG, Orchard PJ, Tolar J. Outcome of penetrating keratoplasty for mucopolysaccharidoses. Arch Ophthalmol. 2011;129(2):138-44.

Bothun ED, Johnson CS, Archer SM, Del Monte MA. Evolution of postoperative astigmatism after large incision PMMA lens implantation in children. JAAPOS. 2010 Dec;14(6):518-21. Epub 2010 Dec 13.

Eichhorn K, Harrison AR, Bothun ED, McLoon LK, Lee MS. Ocular treatment of thyroid eye disease. Expert Review of Ophthalmology. 2010;5(3):313-325.

Bothun ED, Guo Y, Christiansen SP, Summers CG, Anderson JS, Wright MM, Kramaresvky NY, Lawrence MG. Outcome of angle surgery in children with aphakic glaucoma. JAAPOS. 2010;14(3):235-239.

Bothun ED, Scheur RA, Harrison AR, Lee MS. Update on thyroid eye disease and management. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2009;3:543-551.

Clark ME, Schloff S, Bothun ED. Triangular congenital cataract morphology associated with prenatal methamphetamine exposure. JAAPOS. 2009 Aug;13(4):408-9.

Najjar D, Christiansen SP, Bothun ED, Summers CG. Strabismus and amblyopia in bilateral peters anomaly. JAAPOS. 2006;10(3):193-7.

Bothun ED, Archer SM. Bilateral medial rectus muscle recession for divergence insufficiency pattern esotropia. JAAPOS. 2005;9(1):3-6.

Bothun ED, Summers CG. Unilateral inferior oblique anterior transpositions for dissociated vertical deviation. JAAPOS. 2004;8(3):259-263.