The Retina Group of Washington
Medstar/Georgetown Washington Hospital
Dr. Mathai became a Surgical Vitreoretinal Fellow at The Retina Group of Washington in July 2020, immediately following her tenure as Chief Resident during her final year in Medstar/Georgetown Washington Hospital’s ophthalmology residency program.
Dr. Mathai received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Biology and South Asian Languages and Culture from Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She earned her medical degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel before entering a residency at Medstar/Georgetown Washington Hospital.
Dr. Mathai has conducted a variety of ophthalmology research on topics including visual acuity, iris implants, Abducens Palsy, and innovation in ophthalmic plastic surgery. She has presented her findings at symposia and meetings of international and national medical associations, such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Women in Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Washington Retina Symposium, American Academy of Clinical Endocrinology, and American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Mathai has co-authored studies that have been published in the Journal of Vitreoretinal Diseases and also the z. Her current research involves a comparison of focal versus 360-degree endolaser photocoagulation in primary rhegmatogenus retinal detachment repair, as well as the performance of an iPad application to detect visual field defects in patients with brain tumors.
Dr. Mathai is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She was also a Georgetown University Medical School String of Pearls nominee for excellence in medical education and teaching. Dr. Mathai’s volunteer work includes serving as leader of the Georgetown University Medical school HOYA charity eye clinic, and as both a low vision support group lecturer and a provider of free pediatric, glaucoma and low vision screenings for the Prevention of Blindness Society Washington, D.C.