"There's no secret about what it takes to win a patient's trust. Be truthful but tactful, speak to them in words they understand and treat each one as an individual and not just another name on that day's appointment schedule. They don't teach those skills in med school; they're part of who you are." Following his graduation from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors), Dr. von Fricken went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He continued his medical training with an internship in Internal Medicine at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida's School of Medicine, followed by a residency in Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases at University Hospitals and Clinics at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. von Fricken, who is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, belongs to numerous professional societies and organizations. He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University's Center for Sight and the Washington National Eye Center. He has hospital affiliations at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital where he served as Chief of the Ophthalmology Section for eight years. Dr. von Fricken is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Serving as the principal investigator in two phase III clinical trials for macular degeneration and as co-investigator in four additional clinical research trials is just part of the reason Dr. von Fricken has earned honors and recognition for his work. He was included in "America's Best Doctors" since 2001, has been selected each of the past 20 years as one of the D.C. area's top physicians by Washingtonian Magazine and received the 2005 Honor Award from the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He has authored or co-authored more than two dozen articles and abstracts and has presented clinical research at national and international meetings.