Dr. Hooton was born in Rexburg, Idaho and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He attended medical school as an Idaho “WWAMI” student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his internship in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Hooton received his ophthalmology training at the busy University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was selected Chief Resident by faculty and peers. His desire for further training led him to complete a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery at the world-renowned University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. While there, he learned the latest in corneal transplant techniques and complex cataract surgery. He was also awarded a research fellowship to help study how corneal transplant technology can be safely used in underserved areas around the world.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Cornea Society. Dr. Hooton has special interests in partial thickness corneal transplants, ocular infections, and dry eyes.