Jared S. Nielsen, M.D.
Fellowship-trained retina specialist, focusing on diabetic eye disorders, macular degeneration and surgical repair of the retina.
Dr. Nielsen – Des Moines Retina Specialist
Jared S. Nielsen, M.D., M.B.A. earned his medical degree along with a master’s degree in pathology in a combined degree program at the Chicago Medical School. Following an internship at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, he completed an ophthalmology residency at Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Nielsen completed a vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where he remains a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology. He joined Wolfe Eye Clinic in 2007 and sees patients in Ames, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Pleasant Hill, Spencer, and West Des Moines. Dr. Nielsen is also a frequent lecturer and is the Program Director for Wolfe Eye Clinic’s Retina Fellowship. As a life-long learner, Dr. Nielsen completed an additional master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa Tippie School of Business in 2018.
Dr. Nielsen is known as an active eye care researcher and he participates in clinical trials designed to provide better care to patients who suffer from sight-threatening retinal diseases. He has served as a Principal Investigator in over 35 clinical trials advancing care for patients who suffer from blinding diseases including: Wet and Dry Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Central Serous Chorioretinopathy. He is engaged as an investigator in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network, a National Eye Institute coordinated effort to study diabetic eye disease.
Dr. Nielsen enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and participating in outdoor activities including canoeing, golf, and fishing. He and his wife reside in Des Moines with their two sons.