Jonathan Levin, M.D.
What attracted you to medicine and ophthalmology?
My father was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I have two uncles who are physicians (ER and infectious diseases). I've been around medicine my whole life and I couldn't picture myself doing anything else for my career.
Several things attracted me to ophthalmology. One, next to your heart and lungs, I feel your eyes are the most important organs in your body. Some people have said that they would rather be dead than blind. To be able to care for a person's vision is an immense privilege and a very rewarding one I also really enjoy surgery and being in the operating room. At the same time I am also a very family-oriented person and strongly feel that there needs to be a balance between work and family. Ophthalmology was one of the surgical specialties that allows such a life.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic and the ophthalmology residency?
Excellent clinical and surgical training, and training at one of the premier medical institutions in the world.
What is living in Rochester like for you?
Being from the Milwaukee, there really hasn't been anything that has surprised me about Rochester. Maybe the fact that during the winter, the plows move the snow into the middle of the street instead of the sides. It has pretty much everything you need within a 10-mile radius.
What does your future look like right now?
I am planning on being a general ophthalmologist and hopefully heading back home to Milwaukee to join a private practice group.