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Stephen S. Pappas Jr.



Bethesda 301-571-2000 6420 Rockledge Dr. #4900 Bethesda, MD 20817 Directions →

Insurance Participation

Aetna HMO. Aetna PPO. BCBS PPO. CareFirst BlueChoice. CareFirst Traditional/Indemnity. CIGNA PPO. GEHA. Great West. Great West. Kaiser Permanente HMO. MD-IPA. Medicare. NC PPO. OneNet. PHCS/Multiplan. Optimum Choice. Tricare. United Health Care.

Hospital Affiliations

Georgetown University Hospital
Suburban Hospital
Washington Hospital Center

Additional Information

Special interest in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular surgery.

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Dr. Stephen S. Pappas, Jr. is native to the Washington, DC area and has been in medical and surgical retinal practice for over 15 years. He is committed to providing personalized and compassionate retinal care, maintaining expertise and technology to offer the latest retinal treatments, and working closely with each patient’s medical team to preserve and restore vision.

Dr. Pappas holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and earned his Medical Degree (M.D.) from George Washington University in 1989. Following his Ophthalmology Residency at the Washington Hospital Center, he pursued and completed his Clinical Fellowship training in Vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Retina Institute of Maryland (now known as the National Retina Institute) in Baltimore, MD, where he performed clinical research and participated in landmark clinical trials investigating both medical and surgical retinal treatments.

Upon completion of his training in 1995, Dr. Pappas joined his father, one of the first fellowship-trained retina specialists in the Washington, DC area, in private group practice in Bethesda. In 2001, Dr. Pappas founded the Center for Retinal Diseases and Surgery, LLC, where he continues the tradition of personalized, compassionate retinal care established by his father nearly 50 years ago.

Dr. Pappas maintains his board certification as mandated by the American Board of Ophthalmology and American Board of Medical Specialties and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Retina Specialists. He attends and has presented his clinical research in local, regional and national symposiums in ophthalmology and retinal diseases. Dr. Pappas also holds a teaching position at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center Ophthalmology Residency and Vitreoretinal Fellowship programs. He has participated actively in many local community outreach programs such as those sponsored by the Prevention of Blindness Society of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Montgomery County, and other local organizations.

Dr. Pappas has been recognized nine years consecutively since 2004 as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and as one of Washington’s Top Doctors by Washingtonian Magazine in 2010 and 2012.


Undergraduate: Bucknell University
Medical School: George Washington University
Internship: Washington Hospital Center
Practice: Center for Retinal Diseases and Surgery, LLC

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