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In recognition of National Doctors' Day, we wanted to highlight our amazing doctors! Thank you for your commitment to providing excellent patient care.
Did you know that your eye operates in much the same way as a camera? Just as the lens of a camera focuses entering light on a piece of film to produce a sharp image, the lens of your eye focuses light on the retina to form a picture that is then sent to the brain.
At this point in time the lens sharpens, and projects the light onto the inner layer, which is known as the retina. Your retina acts in much the same way as film in a conventional camera, with millions of photo-receptors, which are known as rods and cones translating the focused light into full-color visual information. However, the information received by the retina is an upside down image that requires up-righting.
To protect the health of your eyes and to enjoy optimal vision, it’s important to see your ophthalmologist for routine exams and care.
Over the past year, Americans have tried to avoid crowds and remain at home in an effort to comply with COVID-19 protocols and stay well. Equally important, however, is ensuring that ongoing and new medical needs are taken care of in a timely fashion. PBS recently aired a segment about the devastating consequences of delaying medical care during the pandemic for retina diseases like macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR). Watch the video at PBS.org. Early and consistent treatment is critical, so don’t delay your appointments. RGW doctors are available and committed to helping you maintain your vision health now, throughout the pandemic, and beyond. Call (844) RGW-DOCS (749-3627) to schedule your appointment today.
The Retina Group of Washington is pleased to announce the addition of Arthi Venkat, M.D., M.S., to the RGW physician staff.
Dr. Venkat joins RGW from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, where she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Venkat earned both a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Master of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Washington Hospital Center, followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at George Washington University, and dual fellowship training in both Medical Retina and Uveitis at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. During her fellowship, Dr. Venkat was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Clinical Fellow Teaching Award.
Widely published in both peer-reviewed medical journals and medical textbooks, Dr. Venkat has participated in numerous clinical trials related to ophthalmologic conditions. She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and also a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, as well as the Cleveland Ophthalmologic Society.
Dr. Venkat is seeing patients at RGW’s Annapolis, Capitol Hill and Columbia offices.
On August 11, RGW’s Dr. Reshma Katira was interviewed by WERA 96.7-LP FM for their weekly program, Aging Matters. Dr. Katira discussed eye issues related to COVID-19, virus protection strategies, and eye care professional practice updates. Listen to Dr. Katira’s interview on the Aging Matters podcast here.
On June 24, RGW’s Dr. Gayatri Reilly was the keynote speaker in a BrightFocus Foundation Chat titled “Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)-Your Questions Answered.” Dr. Reilly provided updates on the latest AMD-related news for people living with AMD and their families. Listen to Dr. Reilly’s discussion and/or view the transcript here.
To all RGW patients and caregivers,
As our country continues to navigate the “new normal” of daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the physicians and staff at The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) would like to express our thanks to and admiration for all of our patients and their families.
We know that daily life is very challenging now, as routines are disrupted and we all try to adopt and remain vigilant about new health and safety guidelines. RGW continues to provide in-office care for all essential and urgent retinal needs, as well as tele-health appointments for those who cannot come to our offices. In most cases, you will see your regular RGW physician. Our appointment schedule and waiting rooms have been reconfigured to increase social distancing, and you have the option of waiting in your car until your appointment time. Additionally, our entire staff continues to utilize appropriate personal protective equipment and recommended sterilization techniques.
RGW is constantly impressed by how our patients and their caregivers are handling the challenges of today’s world. Your positive outlook, cooperation and confidence in all of us at RGW is an endless source of inspiration.
We are also grateful for the many expressions of thanks and appreciation we have received from our patients during these challenging times. The support and positive feedback you provide about your experiences with our practice, a recent example of which is below, motivate us to continue providing the highest level of healthcare possible:
“I would like to thank your group of physicians, nurses, and your entire support staff at RGW for their dedication, kindness, and professionalism. Especially the surgical skills of Dr. Do who literally returned my sight! Oftentimes, people who provide such crucial gifts to others go unappreciated. I am relishing my retirement and my enjoyment is almost entirely predicated upon my ability to view what my future life has in store. The importance of what you all do is not lost on me and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you all a heartfelt "atta-boy"… for a job well done!”
The entire RGW team – physicians and staff alike – remain, as always, committed to your ongoing health and well-being. From all of us at RGW, our thanks for your continued support of our practice, and our very best wishes that you and your family remain safe and well.
Richard J. Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, and the Physicians of RGW
RGW is proud that Dr. Jordana G. Fein co-hosted the July 8 professional webinar, “Photodynamic Therapy: A Look at How This Treatment Fits Into Today’s Retina Practice.” By sharing her extensive experience and expertise, Dr. Fein is helping U.S. ophthalmologists gain continuing medical education credits on this important topic and clinical advancement.
To all RGW patients,
Because the health of our patients, staff, doctors and community remain our top priority, RGW has implemented a number of safety measures, which are outlined our newly-created video, below. These measures will remain in effect indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure that RGW can continue to provide the highest quality of care possible.
Thank you for your support.
Dear RGW patients,
The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) is pleased to announce that all of our offices in D.C., Virginia and Maryland will resume regular hours, effective Monday, May 11.
Because the health of our patients, staff, doctors and community remain our top priority, RGW has implemented the following safety measures. These measures will remain in effect indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure that RGW can continue to provide the highest quality of care possible:
To reinforce our commitment to keeping you as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, while still providing you with exceptional eye care, we have included photos below showing how our offices are operating on a daily basis.
As always, and perhaps more than ever, RGW is your trusted eye care partner. We will continue to be here for all of your ophthalmologic needs, both during the pandemic and well afterwards. Please call (844) RGW-DOCS (749-3627) with any questions, or to make an appointment.
On March 3, PRISM Vision Group™, the largest vertically-integrated eyecare services organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced that RGW will become its newest partner.
RGW’s Dr. Reginald Sanders said “Medicine is changing around us, and over the past several years we have seen continued consolidation, particularly in the field of ophthalmology. For the past few years, RGW has explored the idea of strategically aligning with a leading growth-oriented administrative services organization to facilitate integration in our market. After a year-long search, we determined that PRISM Vision Group is the best organization to help us achieve our goals.”
“RGW has a long legacy of providing high-quality patient care,” stated Steven Madreperla, MD, PhD, President and CEO, PRISM Vision Group. “We are excited to combine our operational expertise with RGW’s talented management team and physician partners who share PRISM Vision Group’s focus on delivering the highest-level of patient care.”
PRISM and RGW expect to finalize the agreement by the end of March, at which time PRISM will work closely with RGW’s management team and physicians on strategic initiatives to support integration as well as organic growth, optimizing the network model, enhancing administrative processes and operating efficiencies, investing in clinical technologies and supporting the highest level of patient care.
On March 8, 2020, RGW’s Reginald J. Sanders, M.D., will receive the prestigious Professional Service Award for excellence in eye care from the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB). Dr. Sanders will be honored at the POB’s annual Celebrate 20/20 event, previously known as the Night of Vision Gala, which brings together over 150 of the area's most prominent ophthalmologists and philanthropists to recognize outstanding ophthalmologic expertise.
Tickets and additional event information can be obtained here.
Dr. Sanders is the fourth RGW physician to be presented with the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington’s esteemed Professional Service Award. Previous RGW recipients include Richard A. Garfinkel, M.D., William S. Gilbert, M.D., and A. Raymond Pilkerton, M.D.
Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. POB's headquarters are located in Washington, D.C., and the organization serves the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's counties of Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
On September 7, 2019, RGW’s Cuong D. Vu, M.D., participated in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ D.C. Metro Area Vision Seminar. Dr. Vu contributed his expertise to a panel discussion titled “Current Updates on Retinal Health, Treatments, and Research – A Conversation.”
The event was part of the Foundation’s Vision Seminar Series, which offers eye care professionals and the public presentations that cover research advancements, current treatments, clinical trials, and low-vision rehabilitation.
Dr. Vu previously has served as Medical Chair at numerous Montgomery County VisionWalks for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. As a hands-on participant in cutting-edge research, Dr. Vu has served as principle investigator for pivotal clinical trials on Macular Degeneration and Retinal Vein Occlusion, while maintaining clinical interest in the treatment of those two diseases, along with Diabetic Retinopathy, minimally invasive Retinal Vitreous surgery, Retinal Detachment and Retinal Imaging.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading private group that provides funds for retinal disease research. The Foundation’s goal is to drive the research that will lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the spectrum of degenerative retinal diseases.
Congratulations to the following Retina Group of Washington (RGW) physicians, who were recently designated as 2019 Top Doctors by Washingtonian magazine:
The annual ranking, determined through voting by other area physicians, is a valued, go-to resource for patients seeking the best healthcare providers in greater D.C. area. The inclusion of these seven remarkable ophthalmologists brings the number of RGW physicians who have received this honor by the Washingtonian to 22.
“My colleagues and I are extremely excited and humbled to be included on this prestigious list by our peers,” said Dr. Spellman, who has received the honor for three consecutive years. “We believe that this honor reflects our commitment to providing our patients with the highest possible quality of care through cutting-edge ophthalmic techniques to optimize their retinal health.”
Past RGW Washingtonian Top Doctor honorees include:
Congratulations to all RGW Top Doctors for being recognized among the very best practicing ophthalmologists in the greater Washington, D.C. area!
RGW is proud to announce that Deborah Reid, M.D., has been selected to represent Annapolis as a Top Ophthalmologist on FindaTopDoc.com, an online resource devoted to connecting patients and local physicians through actionable, medical-based content that empowers people to make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Dr. Reid will also be spotlighted in the renowned associated publication The Leading Physicians of the World, a highly-regarded resource that provides patients with pertinent information on healthcare providers, and physicians with a forum to communicate, share ideas, and exchange information.
Dr. Reid was nominated and selected for inclusion in these resources by her medical peers, based on her significant and impressive expertise, success and leadership.
Over 70% of adults in America use the internet to research or diagnose medical conditions, and FindaTopDoc.com believes that accessing information is only the first step towards better health. The respected website goes a step further by matching all of its medical content with local physicians and specialists, based on the insurance each practice accepts.
Congratulations to Dr. Reid!
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Dr. Reginald Sanders recently said aloha to leading ophthalmologists at the 2019 Royal Hawaiian Retina Meeting, where he was invited to participate as a guest speaker on a variety of retina-related topics. Dr. Sanders served on panels examining new treatments and advances for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He also lent his expertise to a discussion about the business of retina practices, and strategies for ensuring optimal practice operations, staff performance, and patient care list… Read More
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