Joshua K. Fernandes, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship-trained Ophthalmologist, specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina, vitreous, and macula. In addition to providing general eye care, he specializes in treating conditions such as diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal detachment/tears, macular hole, eye trauma, and many other complex eye diseases.
Dr. Fernandes grew up in Louisiana, where he earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Tulane University. He then attended medical school at George Washington University, which is where he fell in love with the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He subsequently completed an internal medicine internship at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (affiliate of Columbia University) in New York City, followed by an ophthalmology residency at the University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident. Lastly, he completed a prestigious two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal disease and surgery with world-renowned retina specialists at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Dr. Fernandes was inspired to pursue a career in ophthalmology in part by his mother, who went blind due to a retinal disorder during his early childhood. Despite her disability, his mother was the founding director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, where Dr. Fernandes has spent countless hours working with the blind and visually impaired. From these experiences, he developed a passion for helping those with eye disease.
Dr. Fernandes has been engaged in research with numerous publications and presentations at national meetings. His honors include selection as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar for which he spent a year conducting research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society.