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 Dr. David V. Folden

Dr. David V. Folden


Areas of Care:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataracts

Specialty: Ophthalmology

David Folden, M.D., was born in Minot, N.D., and later attended high school in Fergus Falls, Minn., where he was Valedictorian of his high school class. He then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bethel University, where he received his Bachelors of Science degree. Before beginning medical school, Dr. Folden worked as a high school math and physics teacher and was a baseball coach. He then received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota, where he gained recognition for his research in cardiac physiology and infectious diseases.

Dr. Folden then completed his internship at Hennepin County Medical Center and his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota, where he received awards for outstanding patient care, clinical skills (Harry Plotke Award) and scientific research (Harry Friedman Research Award). He has published his research in various journals including the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Folden has a special interest in customized refractive cataract and lens-based surgery. He was the first resident surgeon at the University of Minnesota to implant “premium” refractive intraocular lenses (IOLs), which help correct astigmatism and presbyopia during cataract and lens replacement surgery.

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