Lauren Nichelle Dobbs Wiggins, M.D., is a licensed, board-eligible ophthalmologist. A native of Dallas, TX, she attended The Hockaday School where she received the Sudie Duncan Award for Outstanding Leadership, was Concertmistress of the Hockaday Orchestra, President of the Debate Club and President of the Gospel Choir. Upon graduation she was admitted to Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. She deferred admission to Harvard to spend a year in Columbus, OH, with Americorps, tutoring third and fourth grade students in literacy skills and developing an arts-based after school program. At Harvard she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Biology. While at Harvard she assisted Dr. Lois Lampson, Ph.D, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in developing a model to study breast cancer metastases, and assisted Dr. Thomas Sudhof, M.D. Ph.D at UT Southwestern Medical School in his research on binding affinities of synaptotagmins to calcium, strontium and barium. Following college graduation she taught fourth and fifth grade math and science at St. Philip’s School and Community Center in Dallas, TX.
In 2009 she entered UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (“UTHSCSA) where she received the Presidential Ambassador Scholarship, the Dr. Frank Bryant, Jr., Memorial Scholarship Award and served as a Pre-Matriculation Program Biochemistry Teacher and a Tutor for First Year Medical Students. Upon graduation from UTHSCSA she entered the Ophthalmology Residency program at the University of Missouri at Columbia where she served as Chief Resident and graduated in June 2017.