Frank A. Spellman, M.D.

Ophthalmologist in Capitol Hill

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/University of Miami

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Spellman is a native Washingtonian who represents the 3rd generation of his family to practice medicine and perform surgery in the local community. He was a National Achievement Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, from which he received his BA as a Natural Sciences major. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California at San Francisco, where he was also a pre-residency fellow in Ophthalmic Pathology, and served as an intern in internal medicine at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, Calif. His post-doctoral training included a residency in Ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute /University of Miami.

In addition to being certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), Dr. Spellman has served as an ABO Associate Board Examiner in Retina since 1988 and is licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He has served as Director of Retinal Services at Howard University Hospital and Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology at The Washington Hospital Center, maintaining affiliations with both of those hospitals as well as the Friendship Surgical Center. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, Washington, D.C. Ophthalmology Society, National Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Spellman has authored several papers and has made a considerable number of national presentations. He has been named multiple times by his peers as a Washingtonian "Top Doctor," been recognized in "Best Doctors in America" and selected as one of "America's Top Ophthalmologists." His personal interests include The Georgetown Preparatory School, where he serves as a Trustee and is a former "Alumnus of the Year," golf and antique cars.

Office Locations

Capitol Hill, DC
Silver Spring, MD

Recent Media Appearances & Activities/Accomplishments

The Lancet Publishes an Article by Dr. Frank Spellman on the Zika virus and Retinal Inflammation

Dr. Frank Spellman of RGW publishes first reported case of retinal inflammation following infection with the Zika virus in an adult in The Lancet. The Lancet is one of the most prestigious journals in medicine.

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Dr. Frank A. Spellman conducts interview with WJLA-CH. 7 reporter about his Retinal Detachment surgery.

Dr. Frank Spellman was interviewed on ABC 7 about the importance of having retinal detachments recognized and treated early to prevent permanent vision loss. Dr. Spellman’s patient, ABC7 News D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Ford, detailed his symptoms of flashes and floaters before his surgery and explained details of his surgery to fix his detachment at the Retina Group of Washington.

Dr. Frank A. Spellman subject of Diabetic Retinopathy Articles in Washington Afro-American “AFRO Health”

Dr. Frank Spellman was the subject of two Diabetic Retinopathy articles published in the Washington Afro-American’s “AFRO Health” section. One piece is entitled "Treating Diabetic Retinopathy" while the other article goes into greater detail about the symptoms and importance of early detection.


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