Weldon (Don) Havins, M.D., J.D., L.L.M.

COMPREHENSIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY/OCULOPLASTIC SURGERY

Don Havins attended the Coronado, California primary school system, then San Diego State University where he received a B.A. with high honors. Graduating from Wake Forest University School of Medicine with an M.D. in 1970, he interned in surgery at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Following two years with the U.S. Navy (one year as a medical officer on the USS Daniel Webster SSBN-626 nuclear submarine, one year at the Long Beach Regional Naval Medical Center), he completed an ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA in 1976, and later, a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas, Houston, in 1981. He earned a Master’s degree in Management from the Claremont Graduate University while practicing Ophthalmology in Upland, California. From 1982 to 1995, Don practiced Ophthalmology and Oculoplastic Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada. Returning to San Diego in 1995, Don attended law school at the University of San Diego where he graduated cum laude, was an editor of the law review and selected to Order of the Coif. Remaining at the University of San Diego School of Law for an additional year, Don earned a Masters of Laws degree, cum laude, in Health Law. Returning to Las Vegas in 1999, Don served as a law clerk for a District Court Judge while practicing medicine part-time. From 2001 to 2008, he worked as the executive director and legal counsel for the Clark County Medical Society. Following a stint as Executive Director of the Nevada Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Don received an appointment to the faculty of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he currently serves as an Associate Dean, Professor, and Director Medical Jurisprudence, and Professor of Ophthalmology, while practicing General Ophthalmology part-time. Don is a member of the Nevada Bar and is in-house counsel for Touro University Nevada. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Legal Medicine. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Board of Legal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the American College of Legal Medicine. He is currently president of the Nevada State Medical Association. Don has numerous publications in medical journals and law reviews.

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