Dr. Michael Rivers, MD

Dr. Michael Rivers, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
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Age 59
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Dr. Michael Rivers, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Alexandria, VA and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from J & S Weill M C Cornell Univ in 1985 and specializes in ophthalmology.Read his story

6354 Walker Ln Ste 100

Alexandria, VA 22310

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Rivers performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Progressive High Myopia
very high
more than 98% of peers
Degenerative Disorders of Globe
very high
more than 98% of peers
Diabetic Retinopathy
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Rivers' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rivers "Some practices pay lip service to patient service, but it's always been a way of life with us. Visiting a doctor can be stressful, so we do everything possible to put patients at ease. They have every right to expect to be treated with care and compassion." After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Chemistry from Princeton University, Dr. Rivers went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Cornell University Medical College in New York, N.Y. He followed his academic training with an internship in General Medicine at Beekman Downtown Hospital–New York Infirmary, a residency in Ophthalmology at the New York Hospital (Cornell Medical Center) and a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He also served as Chief Resident during his residency in Ophthalmology at the New York Hospital. Dr. Rivers, who is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, holds licenses in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. and has affiliations at Georgetown University Hospital, Inova Fairfax and Fair Oaks Hospitals, and the Friendship Surgery Center. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine's Center for Sight and has been selected Clinical Instructor of the Year in the Department of Ophthalmology. Research has always been a focal point of Dr. Rivers' work in the field. He has been a principal investigator on two clinical studies, a sub-principal investigator on another and a participant in three additional research efforts. He has contributed to a variety of abstracts, presentations and published articles, and belongs to a number of professional societies and boards.Dr. Rivers' free time is spent with his wife and three children. His outside interests include bicycle trips, travel and photography
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1  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

69  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cataract
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypopyon
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Panophthalmitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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8  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Eye Surgery
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Princeton University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • J & S Weill M C Cornell Univ
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Nyu Downtown Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Iowa Hosps and Clinics
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Iowa
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Rivers has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rivers' Reviews

3.4
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rivers to family and friends
16 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (16)

  • 5
    (8)
  • 4
    (2)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (6)

Dr. Rivers' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    VERY GOOD
  • Answers questions

    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent

    VERY GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Experiencing vitreous detachment and not knowing if the retina would detach, Dr. Rivers was reassuring and informative about my condition.
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I have seen Dr. Rivers for more than 15 years and he is a true professional. He listens carefully and has always answered my questions in detail.
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