Arturo E. Betancourt, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Cataract & LASIK eye surgeon at Baltimore Washington Eye Center. Dr. Betancourt is the President and Medical Director of Baltimore Washington Eye Center and is recognized as a talented eye surgeon who brings unparalleled training, education, experience, and exceptional leadership to our center. Dr. Betancourt earned his Medical Degree with honors from the University of Puerto Rico and then interned at the Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Betancourt completed his residency in ophthalmology at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Betancourt has advanced his clinical skills through participation in ongoing continuing education courses as well as lecturing and teaching eye surgeons in training at the reputable University of Maryland and the Uniformed Services, University of Health Sciences. Before joining Baltimore Washington Eye Center in 1988, Dr. Betancourt served as a flight surgeon in the Middle East and practiced ophthalmology at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, gaining extensive experience in cataract surgery and lens implants surgery, laser treatment for retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and medical treatment, laser treatment and eye surgery for glaucoma. Dr. Betancourt is certified by and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons, as well as a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Medical and Surgical Faculty of Maryland. At Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Dr. Betancourt sees patients for routine eye exams for eye health and vision, cataract evaluation, laser cataract surgery & lens implants, laser eye surgery such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and consultation for all other types of eye diseases, problems and surgery.
Baltimore Washington Eye Center was founded in 1969 by Paul A. Kohlhepp, M.D. to serve the eye care needs of greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and to provide access to the region’s premier eye care facility. Our caring, experienced and extensively trained professional staff specializes in a full range of ophthalmology procedures and has demonstrated an outstanding record of patient satisfaction and community service. Through the combination of medical and surgical expertise, a patient-centered approach to customer service, and personalized attention, we make our patients’ goals a reality. Under my medical direction, we can state with confidence that Baltimore Washington Eye Center is now the most comprehensive eye care center in the area. Our Center – similar to the nationally renowned Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology – offers a full range of eye care services for adults and children, including general ophthalmology, cataract evaluation and laser assisted cataract surgery with advanced technology lens implants, laser eye surgery including laser vision correction such as LASIK, eyelid surgery, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration (AMD), dry eye and low vision rehabilitation. We offer a full service optical center for eyeglasses and eyewear as well as convenient close to home eye surgery at our Baltimore Washington Eye Surgery Center-a fully AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) Medicare and State of Maryland certified, fully equipped, state-of-the-art, on-site ambulatory surgery center. Our surgical center, located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offers the latest amenities and modern technology, allowing us to perform all of our eye surgery procedures safely, efficiently and comfortably.
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Top Care Areas for Dr. Betancourt by Patient Volume
Dr. Betancourttreated this condition for more patients than 99% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Betancourttreated this condition for more patients than 97% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Betancourttreated this condition for more patients than 96% of his peers nationwide.
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Where our data comes from - The data you see on providers' Healthgrades profiles comes from both the provider and public sources. The Top Care Areas section uses public data from billing claims that providers submit to insurance companies. That data is filed nationwide on behalf of the provider to either the government or a private health insurance company.
How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.
Why It Matters: Dr. Betancourt's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Accidental Eye Injuries
Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Binocular Vision Disorder
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Chemical Burn - Eyes
Chronic Eye Diseases
Contusion of the Eyeball
Corneal Flash Burns
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Ectropion of Eyelid
Eye Muscle Disorders
Foreign Body in Eye
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
Hypotony of Eye
Ocular Convergence Spasm
Poor Color Vision
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
Refractive Eye Disorders
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Strabismus-Like Double Vision
Visual Field Loss
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
Antifungal Eye Drops
Cataract Removal Surgery
Clear Lens Extraction
Contact Lens Exams
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Glaucoma Medical Therapy
Laser Office Procedure
Punctal Plug Insertion
Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
Refractive Lens Exchange
Soft Contact Lenses
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
YAG Laser Surgery
Malpractice Claims not available
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of Puerto Rico / Medical Sciences Campus
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
University of Puerto Rico / Medical Sciences Campus
Medical School | Graduated 1980
Letterman Army Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1981
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Betancourt has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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