Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center
The Retina Group of Washington
Medstar Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center
“Being able to provide my patients with a high level of care and high quality outcomes drives me. The value of eyesight cannot be understated and I am grateful for the opportunity to help individuals restore and regain their vision. I am also grateful to be part of a premier retina group, where I can use the very best research-backed techniques and technologies in my practice.”
Dr. Mathai launched her professional career after graduating summa cum laude from Washington University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She continued her education by attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she earned a Doctor of Medicine degree and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Her training continued with an internship in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Medstar Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center where she served as Chief Resident. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery with Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and The Retina Group of Washington.
She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She has hospital affiliations with Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
Dr. Mathai enjoys participating regularly in teaching and clinical research, and has contributed to various publications including the Journal of Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and Ophthalmology-Retina. She has had her work presented to the Macula Society, Women in Ophthalmology Annual Conferences, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Academy of Ophthalmology. She actively participates in the training of current Georgetown ophthalmology residents, and was awarded the Golden Apple Teaching Award for excellence in medical education from the residents. She was also named an “Emerging Leader in Ophthalmology” by the Prevention of Blindness Society.
When not helping patients, Dr. Mathai enjoys spending time volunteering in the DC area. Over the years, she has volunteered as a Georgetown University Medical School HOYA Charity Eye Clinic leader and with the Prevention of Blindness Society in Washington D.C., providing low vision support group lectures and free pediatric, low vision, and glaucoma screening exams.