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RGW to Partner with PRISM Vision Group

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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.

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Dr. Sanders to be Honored by Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington

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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.

Dr. Cuong Vu Speaks at Foundation Fighting Blindness Seminar

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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.

7 RGW Physicians Named to Washingtonian's 2019 Top Doctor List

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Congratulations to the following Retina Group of Washington (RGW) physicians, who were recently designated as 2019 Top Doctors by Washingtonian magazine:

  • Gordon A. Byrnes, M.D.
  • Dal W. Chun, M.D.
  • Vinay N. Desai, M.D.
  • Geoffrey R. Kaplan, M.D.
  • William B. Phillips, M.D.
  • Frank A. Spellman, M.D.
  • Eric D. Weichel, M.D.

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:

  • Mohammed K. Barazi, M.D.
  • Daniel M. Berinstein, M.D.
  • Richard A. Garfinkel, M.D.
  • T. Mark Johnson, M.D., FRCSC
  • Reshma C. Katira, M.D.
  • Aziz A. Khanifar, M.D.
  • Michael M. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Eric S. Lee, M.D.
  • Alexander Melamud, M.D., M.A.
  • Michael H. Osman, M.D.
  • Gayatri S. Reilly, M.D.
  • Reginald J. Sanders, M.D.
  • Frank A. Spellman, M.D.
  • Manfred A. Von Fricken, M.D.

Congratulations to all RGW Top Doctors for being recognized among the very best practicing ophthalmologists in the greater Washington, D.C. area!

RGW’s Dr. Deborah Reid Selected as 2019 Top Ophthalmologist by

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RGW is proud to announce that Deborah Reid, M.D., has been selected to represent Annapolis as a Top Ophthalmologist on, 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 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!

RGW’s Dr. Berinstein, Dr. Garfinkel and Dr. Lai Share Expertise at American Society of Retina Specialists Meeting in Dallas

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Over 400 retinal physicians and administrators of vitreoretinal practices convened at the American Society of Retina Specialists’ (ASRS) 21st Annual The Business of Retina Meeting in Dallas to learn business principles necessary to maximize practice success in an increasingly complex medical environment… Read More

RGW’s Dr. Reginald Sanders Presents at 2019 Royal Hawaiian Retina Meeting

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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

RGW’s Drs. Byrnes, Chun, Garfinkel and Osman Named
Virginia Living’s Top Ophthalmologists of 2019; 45 Top Doctor Honors for RGW Since 2010

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The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) is proud to announce that, over the past nine years, our ophthalmologists have consistently been named to the prestigious Top Doctor lists published by Washingtonian and Virginia Living magazines. The latest RGW physicians to receive this honor are Dr. Gordon A. Byrnes, Dr. Dal W. Chun, Dr. Richard A. Garfinkel and Dr. Michael H. Osman, each recently named to Virginia Living’s 2019 Top Doctors list… Read More

Dr. Jordana G. Fein Takes Part in Virginia Hospital Center's Medical Brigade to Honduras, Performs Cataract Surgeries On More Than Two Dozen Patients Including Young Children

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Dr. Jordana G. Fein recently made her second consecutive trip to Honduras as part of the Virginia Hospital Center’s Medical Brigade’s annual effort to improve... Read More

Seven RGW Physicians Among Area’s Best Ophthalmologists In Annual Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” Listing
As Chosen by Peers in the Medical Field

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Seven RGW physicians were included among the Maryland-Virginia-D.C. area’s best ophthalmologists in the Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” listing as chosen... Read More

Drs. Eric D. Weichel & Marcus H. Colyer Co-author Article In Ophthalmology Journal on Military Combat-Related Intraocular Foreign Body Injuries

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Drs. Eric D. Weichel & Marcus H. Colyer co-authored an article in a recent issue of Ophthalmology Journal on Military Combat-Related Intraocular Foreign Body Injuries. ... Read More

The Retina Group of Washington Announces
Merger with Retina Associates

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Region’s Largest Retinal & Macular Practice To Add Doctors, Maryland Offices GREENBELT, MD -- The Retina Group of Washington (RGW), the leading provider of retinal... Read More

Dr. John R. Minarcik, who also sees Patients in the Ophthalmology Clinic at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Rated Top Specialty Care Provider in the Entire United States Military Health System

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Dr. John R. Minarcik, who also sees patients in the Ophthalmology Clinic at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, was rated the top Specialty Care Provider in the entire... Read More

Dr. Reginald J. Sanders Serves as Guest Panelist at Vit-Buckle Society 6th Annual Meeting

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Dr. Reginald J. Sanders served as a guest panelist at the recent Vit-Buckle Society 6th Annual Meeting, participating in a discussion entitled “Real World Retina.” ... Read More

Dr. Daniel M. Berinstein Becomes Committee Member of OMIC Group Providing Medical Liability Insurance Products and Services

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Dr. Daniel M. Berinstein was appointed to be a committee member of the Ophthalmic Mutual lnsurance Company (OMIC), a group whose mission is to provide ophthalmologists... Read More

Dr. Brian K. Do Brings Sub-specialty Expertise in Uveitis to RGW, Identifying and Treating Often Misdiagnosed Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases of the Eye

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Uveitis is often defined as a group of inflammatory diseases that produces interocular inflammation and destroys eye tissues. Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, it... Read More

Joshua D. Levinson’s Research on Endophthalmitis Results In Safer Injection Techniques at Both Retina Group of Washington Offices and Clinics Throughout the United States

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Since joining The Retina Group of Washington as a Fellow just a few short years ago, Dr. Joshua D. Levinson has fashioned a formidable record of published research... Read More


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