Reginald J. Sanders, M.D.

Retina Specialist & Vitreoretinal Surgeon

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

Wills Eye Hospital

“Our collective experience and expertise in so many subspecialties makes our practice uniquely qualified to treat virtually anyone for any type of retinal disease or condition. That means our patients receive the highest quality and most comprehensive care.”

After graduating with honors from the University of Virginia with a degree in Biochemistry, Dr. Sanders went on to receive his medical degree from Yale University. An internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital was followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was chosen Co-Chief Resident. He then completed a fellowship in Vitreo-retinal Diseases and Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, during which time he was selected as the Chief Fellow and worked as a Research Associate.

Upon finishing his retinal training at Harvard, Dr. Sanders joined RGW, where he has since remained. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is licensed throughout the DMV area. He is affiliated with the Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s Hospital, and Howard University School of Medicine. He has clinical professorships at both Georgetown University and Howard University medical schools. Dr. Sanders has served as Chief of the Retina Service at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center since 2001.

Dr. Sanders has fashioned a career in education and research with RGW, developing a national reputation. He is well published, having more than 50 papers, articles and presentations to his credit, and has lectured nationally and abroad. He has served as an investigator/sub-investigator in numerous studies of new retinal treatments, including being a principal investigator for the landmark Lucentis® treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Sanders has also filled leadership roles for—and is still active in—many local and national professional societies and organizations. In addition he has been consistently recognized for his clinical skills, as evidenced by a number of professional honors:

  • Washingtonian “Top Doctor” multiple times
  • “Best Doctors in America” multiple times
  • “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” multiple times
  • Charter inductee to the Retina Hall of Fame, 2017

Media Appearances & Activities/Accomplishments

Dr. Reginald J. Sanders Serves as Guest Panelist at Vit-Buckle Society 6th Annual Meeting
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.” The society provides an open forum that mentors developing vitreoretinal surgeons, nurtures innovative surgical techniques and therapeutic approaches for retinal diseases, and fosters best practices.

Dr. Reginald Sanders and Dr. Richard Garfinkel present at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Drs. Sanders and Garfinkel presented on “Private Equity in Retinal Practices” at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), in New Orleans. The AAO annual meeting is the largest organized meeting of ophthalmologists in the world. The talk was given in front of over 3,000 retinal specialists.

Dr. Sanders later also gave a talk on “MACRA in a large sub-specialty practice” at the same meeting.

Dr. Reginald J. Sanders Inducted as a Charter Member of the Retina Hall of Fame
Dr. Reginald J. Sanders was honored as one of 200+ individuals inducted in the inaugural class of the Retina Hall of Fame. The Retina Hall of Fame board of directors says of this first class, “These individuals are worthy of this special recognition based on their significant achievements in the practice of medicine and contributions to the retina subspecialty.”

Click here to see the list of charter inductees.

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Weekly Schedule:

Days: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Location: Chevy Chase Chevy Chase Greenbelt Greenbelt


Chevy Chase, MD

5454 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 650 Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Tel: 301.656.8100
Fax: 301.652.2957

Greenbelt, MD

7501 Greenway Ctr Dr. Suite 700 Greenbelt, MD 20770

Tel: 301.441.4577
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