John R. Minarcik, M.D.

Retina Specialist & Vitreoretinal Surgeon

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Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center
The Retina Group of Washington

Naval Medical Center, San Diego

“It’s important that my patients understand their disease, so I spend a lot of time with them, simplifying the medical process and putting them at ease. This knowledge empowers them and enables us to work together to achieve the best results possible given their specific circumstances.”

Dr. Minarcik began his academic work at the University of California in San Diego where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors. He then became commissioned as a Naval Officer, and went on to earn his degree in Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. and to be inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. His post-doctoral work included an internship in Transitional Medicine and a residency in Ophthalmology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Dr. Minarcik had a variety of experiences as a military physician, including training as a Dive Medical Officer, working as a physician for the US Navy SEALs and acting as the department head of Ophthalmology for two years at the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. He completed his training in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery with The Retina Group of Washington.

Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology—and licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.—Dr. Minarcik is affiliated with Washington Hospital Center, Inova Fairfax and Fair Oaks Hospitals and Friendship Surgery Center. He is a member of several professional and academic societies/organizations and serves as a clinical instructor of ophthalmology residents at several local hospitals. He has enjoyed taking part in humanitarian medical missions and is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Minarcik has participated in numerous research projects and contributed to a number of academic publications. He recently authored a Retinal Physician front page article on diabetic retinopathy laser treatments. At recent international meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists, he presented a scientific research paper investigating innovative techniques for complex retinal detachment repair.

Media Appearances & Activities/Accomplishments

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 United States Military Health System

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 U.S. Military Health System. According to the 2017 JOES (Joint Outpatient Experience Survey) “Best of the Best” Annual Survey, he received hundreds of positive comments and received a 100% score to earn the honor.

Drs. Weichel, Minarcik and Colyer Author Chapter for First Edition Of Expert Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery

Drs. Eric D. WeichelJohn R. Minarcik and Marcus H. Colyer recently wrote a chapter that will be published in the first edition of Expert Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery. The chapter, “Intraocular Foreign Body Removal,” describes how to manage and surgically repair severe eye trauma associated with a retained intraocular foreign body. The textbook is scheduled to be published sometime early in 2014.

Drs. Marcus H. Colyer, John R. Minarcik & Manfred A. Von Fricken Contribute Articles to Retina Times

Drs. Marcus H. Colyer, John R. Minarcik & Manfred A. von Fricken contributed to Retina Times’ Fall 2012 issue. Drs. Colyer and Minarcik served as section editors for an article entitled “Serving in Afghanistan: 3 Deployed Retina Specialists Share Their Stories” while Dr. von Fricken provided the Counterpoint position in a piece titled “Most Primary Retinal Detachments Can Be Repaired With A Vitrectomy.”

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Weekly Schedule:

Days: Thursday Friday Saturday
Location: Fairfax Woodbridge Fairfax


Fairfax, VA

8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, 6th floor Fairfax, VA 22031-4621

Tel: 703.698.9335
Fax: 703.207.0038

Woodbridge, VA

2296 Opitz Blvd., Suite 330 Woodbridge, VA 22191

Tel: 703-468-4887
Fax: 703-590-2288

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