"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.
Dr. Von Fricken's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Board certified in Ophthalmology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Von Fricken'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.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Blind Hypotensive Eye
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
Contusion of the Eyeball
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Juvenile Macular Degeneration
Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
Progressive High Myopia
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Cataract Removal Surgery
Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Virginia.
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
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.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
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.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from 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 sanction history?
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.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
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.
Undergraduate School | Graduated
Washington University St Louis
Medical School | Graduated 1975
Fla Shands Tchg Hospital
Internship Hospital | Completed 1976
Residency Hospital | Completed 1979
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1980
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Von Fricken 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.
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