Residency Program

The George Washington University Ophthalmology Residency is a three-year program that admits four residents each July. The parent and sponsoring institution is The George Washington University, located in Foggy Bottom at the heart of the nation's capital. Participating institutions include: Children's National Health SystemVA Medical Center of Martinsburg, WVVA Medical Center of Washington, DC and the National Eye Institute.

The program provides comprehensive education in clinical and surgical ophthalmology.  The clinical experience is supplemented by training to evaluate, recognize, and apply clinical investigations and basic research to daily practice. Research is encouraged and residents are supported in presenting at national and international meetings. We are one of the only programs in the country to offer an experience in international ophthalmology as part of the residency curriculum. In addition, we are one of the few residency programs in the country with the EYESI® Ophthalmosurgical Simulator, providing our residents and medical students with the most advanced technology in surgical training.

In the first year, residents spend the first month in the Basic Science Ophthalmology Course, which is a series of lectures and workshops for all residents in the Washington, DC area, designed to introduce each physician to the field of Ophthalmology. Thereafter, each first-year resident will spend most of the year at GW in six-week clinical rotations covering Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cornea, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Retina. Towards the second half of the year, first-year residents will perform a six-week rotation at the VA Medical Center of Martinsburg, WV, where they will have the opportunity to perform cataract surgery as the primary surgeon. On average, residents perform 5-8 cataract surgeries in their first year of training.

In the first half of second year, residents will return to the VA Medical Center of Martinsburg, WV, where they will have additional opportunity to perform cataract surgery. During the remainder of the year, residents participate in rotations in Oculoplastics/Neuro-Ophthalmology (12 weeks), Retina (12 weeks), and Cornea (6 weeks) while at GW. In addition, a twelve-week rotation in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children's National Health System will provide opportunity to perform strabismus surgery and to a see a wide variety of pediatric eye conditions.

In the third year, each resident will rotate as the Chief Resident, allowing each individual to assume leadership and administrative responsibilities beneficial for future practice. Senior residents will perform twelve-week rotations at GW in Anterior Segment and Oculoplastics, where they will operate as the primary surgeon. In addition, twelve-week rotations at the VA Medical Centers of Martinsburg, WV and Washington, DC provide a broad depth of clinical and surgical experience. The third-year resident can expect to perform over 100 cataract surgeries in this year alone. The hallmark of this year is the one-week international surgical expedition. Each resident, Along with one attending, travels to places like Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, and the Philippines to learn new surgical techniques and to provide medical and surgical services to those with limited access to care.

 In summary, The George Washington University Ophthalmology Residency Program provides comprehensive, diverse, and innovative training that prepares its residents for fellowship or practice. For more information, please contact the Residency Coordinator, Ms. Pat Johnson by phone at 202-741-2493 or email at To apply to our program, please visit the SF Match website at:

PLEASE NOTE: Seriously interested individuals should submit a brief statement (one page or less) indicating your interest in our program.

2012 Graduates

Vitreoretinal Surgery at Boston University
Glaucoma at Yale
Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s National Health System (formerly, CNMC)
Cornea at Wills Eye Hospital

2011 Graduates

Oculoplastics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Uveitis at National Eye Institute (NEI)
Medical Retina at USC-Doheny
Glaucoma at Baylor

2010 Graduates

Vitreoretinal Surgery at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary (NYEEI)
Vitreoretinal Surgery at University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB)
Cornea at Emory
Glaucoma at Columbia

2009 Graduates

Kaiser NW (Washington/Oregon)
Cornea at Wills
Medical Retina at the NEI/NIH
Glaucoma Faculty at GW

2008 Graduates

Surgical Retina at Kresge
Glaucoma at Wills
Faculty in Uveitis at NEI/NIH
Cornea at Duke

2007 Graduates

Glaucoma at Emory
Retina at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Pediatrics at Children's National Med Ctr

2006 Graduates

Cornea at Emory
Retina at University of Alabama
Retina at USC Doheny
1 Private Practice

2005 Graduates

Cornea at Jules Stein/UCLA
Glaucoma at the Proctor Foundation/UCSF
Cornea at Tufts
Retina at Baylor

2004 Graduates

Pediatric Ophthalmology at Northwestern
Glaucoma at University of Maryland
Uvietis/Medical Retina-NEI
2 Private Practice

2003 Graduates

Glaucoma @UCSF
Glaucoma @ University Florida
Retina @ UAB

2002 Graduates

1 private practice
Pediatrics @ Boston Children*s Hospital
Cornea @ Wills Eye Hospital
Retina @ Retina Group of Washington