Dr. Michael Rivers, MD

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Dr. Michael Rivers, MD
"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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Dr. Rivers' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
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  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in West Springfield, Va. |
Experiencing vitreous detachment and not knowing if the retina would detach, Dr. Rivers was reassuring and informative about my condition.
Rockville, MD |
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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Dr. Rivers says...

"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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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

Education

  • Medical School
    J & S Weill M C Cornell Univ

    Graduated in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Nyu Downtown Hospital
    University Iowa Hosps And Clinics
  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Iowa
  • Undergraduate School
    Princeton University

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • 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