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Washington National Eye Center, Inc. at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW, Suite 1A-19, Washington, DC 20010

MWHC-OphthalmologyWashington National Eye Center (WNEC) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a comprehensive ophthalmology facility, offering a wide selection of diagnostic and treatment options, including laser therapy; ultrasonography; fluorescein angiography; visual fields; pachymetry, corneal topography and much more. In addition to the general ophthalmology clinic, the WNEC offers a range of specialty clinics, including retina, glaucoma, cornea, ocular motility, contact lens, low vision, uveitis, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology.

All examination rooms at WNEC are fully equipped.  MWHC has an operating room dedicated to eye surgery, fully equipped and staffed by highly skilled nurses, technicians and other personnel. Surgical services are supported by excellent admitting, pre-operative testing and recovery teams. Ophthalmology attending physicians supervise residents in the clinics, in the operating rooms, as well as on-call for after-hours emergencies.

WNEC Annual Statistics:

  • 20,000+ patient procedures
  • 1,150 total surgeries
  • 543 resident surgeries
  • 13,000+ cataract/general evaluations
  • 5,000+ glaucoma evaluations
  • 3,000+ retina evaluations

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center, Lower Level
Washington, DC 20007

MGUH-OphthalmologyTraining at MedStar Georgetown offers residents experience in a more “private-practice” type environment. The hospital’s core of full-time and part-time faculty share their clinical expertise with residents as they participate in the diagnosis and management of ocular conditions not typically encountered in urban clinics, such as age-related macular degeneration, angle-closure glaucoma, intraocular tumors and cosmetic oculoplastics. The residents also direct, with full faculty supervision, the inpatient consultation and eye emergency services for MedStar Georgetown.

On a limited basis, residents work in the private offices of attending staff whose patient populations offer unusual educational opportunities. There is a weekly ocular pathology session in which residents work directly with an ophthalmic pathologist in the gross and microscopic examination of surgical specimens. Residents seeking research experience are introduced to the basic science faculty at Georgetown University.

Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
50 Irving Street, NW, Ophthalmology Section, Washington, DC  20422

DC-Vets-OphthalmologyUnder the guidance of excellent faculty at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA), residents gain experience in the management and treatment of various ocular conditions. During this rotation, residents see 10-18 patients per day in the clinic. Second-year residents operate one morning a week and attend oculoplastic surgery once per week. By the end of their 4-month rotation, second year residents have performed an average of 15 cataract extractions as primary surgeon. Third-year residents operate one to two mornings a week; one of these sessions is dedicated to retina. During their 3-month rotation, senior residents perform 40-50 cataract extractions as primary surgeon. All rotating residents are trained on the Eyesi Anterior Segment Surgery Simulator.

Regularly scheduled daily and subspecialty clinics at the VA offer valuable opportunities for specialized training. Residents have the opportunity to work with corneal specialists, retinologists, glaucoma specialists and oculoplastic surgeons as they attend clinic and perform surgeries.

INOVA Fairfax Hospital
3299 Woodburn Road, #150, Annandale, VA  22003

Inova-OphthalmologySince its inception in 1974, the ophthalmology service at INOVA Fairfax Hospital (FFX) has been affiliated with the MedStar Georgetown/MedStar Washington ophthalmology teaching program.

Rotations at FFX occur in the second and third years of residency. Senior residents work at the Hospital full-time for four months; they spend three days per week in the ophthalmology clinic and one and a half days in the operating room. Second year residents spend 2 months full-time at FFX, seeing patients in the clinic and performing non-complex cataract surgeries.

Along with experience in general ophthalmology, the rotation offers extensive subspecialty experience. Residents work with retina specialists during the weekly retina clinics; patients requiring laser procedures are served on-site in the outpatient area of the hospital’s operating rooms. Also, residents are supervised by the hospital’s staff of glaucoma specialists as they evaluate glaucoma patients and participate in glaucoma-related surgeries. Neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastic clinics are held once a month. Clinic patients requiring cataract surgeries are scheduled during the block time reserved for resident cases.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20889

Walter Reed Bethesda-forwebAt Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRB) in Bethesda, Maryland, first year residents see patients in a large general ophthalmology setting. There is extensive full-time sub-specialty supervision, including an intensive glaucoma and retina experience. Third year residents learn and perform refractive surgery.


Children's National Medical Center
111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Children-Ophthalmology1Residents in their second year receive an in-depth introduction to pediatric ophthalmology during their two-month rotation through Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC). During this rotation, residents perform ocular muscle surgery and assist on other surgical cases, all under the direct supervision of subspecialty-trained ophthalmologists. In addition to surgery involving ocular motility, residents experience a wide variety of interesting pediatric ophthalmic diseases and conditions.



For more information, contact:

Penelope Helfgott
Executive Director
Washington National Eye Center, Inc.
Administrative Program Director
MGUH/MWHC Ophthalmology Residency Program
110 Irving Street, NW, Suite 1A-19
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-877-6159
Email: [email protected]

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