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Affiliates - Ophthalmology at MedStar Washington

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

Washington National Eye Center at MedStar Washington Hospital CenterWashington 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, 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. MedStar Washington has two operating rooms dedicated to eye surgery. Both are 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:

  • 21,000+ patient procedures
  • 2,000 total surgeries
  • 500 resident surgeries
  • 12,000+ cataract/general evaluations
  • 4,500+ glaucoma evaluations
  • 2,500+ retina evaluations


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


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Training 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 inner-city clinics, such as age-related macular degeneration, angle-closure glaucoma, intraocular tumors and cosmetic oculoplastics.

On a limited basis, residents work in the private offices of attending staff whose patient populations offer unusual educational opportunities. Residents seeking research experience are introduced to the basic science faculty at Georgetown University.


Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
50 Irving Street, NW, #151D, Washington, DC  20422


Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center Under 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, such as the timely fundus examination of diabetic patients. During this rotation, residents see 10-17 patients per day in the clinic. Second-year residents operate one morning a week. Third-year residents operate one to two mornings a week; one of these sessions is dedicated to retina. 

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


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

Since 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 are scheduled at FFX in the third year of residency. Residents who select this rotation 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.

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. 

The Children’s Subspecialty Service Clinic at FFX is a state clinic whose patient population is primarily children with strabismus. The clinic is held twice a month; it is staffed by pediatric ophthalmologists, a fellow from Children’s National Medical Center and a senior ophthalmology resident. The fellow and resident share surgical responsibilities. Minor surgical procedures are performed in the clinic. More involved procedures are scheduled for the operating rooms.

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

At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, first-year residents see patients in a large general ophthalmology setting. There is extensive full-time subspecialty supervision, including an intensive glaucoma and retina experience.



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

In their second year, residents receive an in-depth introduction to pediatric ophthalmology during their two-month rotation through Children's National Medical Center. 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.


 Penelope Helfgott
 Executive Director
 Washington National Eye Center
 110 Irving Street, NW, Suite 1A-1
 Washington, DC  20010
 Phone: (202) 877-6159