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
701 25th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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

Patient Care

Dr. Bothun treats patients with strabismus, pediatric cataracts and glaucoma, metabollic ocular disease, thyroid eye disease, and retinopathy of prematurity. He also provides surgical management of nystagmus. He is co-director for the University of Minnesota's Center for Thyroid Eye Disease.


  • 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

America’s Top Doctors, 2009-2010

Richard T. Olson Best Teaching Resident Award, 2000-2001

Harry Plotke Award, 2000-2001

Minnesota Medical Foundation Medical Student Achievement Award, 1998

Reader’s Digest Fellowship Recipient, 1997

Global Health Ministries Scholarship, 1996

Neal L. and Sarah Gault Award, 1996

Published Works

Book :
Molluscum contagiosum. “Ophthalmology for Pediatricians” (in print) Book Chapter: Molluscum contagiosum.


a. K Eichhorn, AR Harrison, ED Bothun, LK McLoon, MS Lee. Ocular treatment of thyroid eye disease. Expert Review of Ophthalmology (accepted)

b. Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. A randomized trial comparing Bangerter filters and patching for the treatment of moderate amblyopia in children. Ophthalmology (accepted)

c. Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, Repka MX, Simons K, Kraker R. Laterality of amblyopia. Am J Ophthalmol (accepted)

d. Bothun ED. Adjustable suture strabismus surgery. Current Insight. (accepted)

e. 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. J AAPOS 2010 March 10. [Epub ahead of print]

f. Infant Aphakia Treatment Study: design and clinical measures at enrollment. Lambert SR, Buckley EG, Drews-Botsch C, DuBois L, Hartmann E, Lynn MJ, Plager DA, Wilson ME. Arch Ophthalmol 2010;128(1):21-7.

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

h. Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. The relationship between preoperative alignment stability and post-operative motor outcomes in children with esotropia. J AAPOS 2009;13(4):335-8

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