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William Madigan MD William Madigan MD



  • Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics
Medical Biography
Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric Ophtalmology
  • Residency
    • Ophthalmology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Fellowship
    • Pediatric Ophthalmology, Children's National Medical Center
Board Certified
  • Ophthalmology

William P. Madigan Jr. MD, FACS is board-certified in Ophthalmology and is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  He is the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Children's National Health System (CNHS) and Professor of Surgery in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his Medical Doctor degree from USUHS. He completed both his internship and residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and his fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology with Dr. Marshall Parks at CNHS in 1989.

Dr. Madigan joined the staff at CNMC in 2004 after a distinguished career in the US Army. He retired as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Consultant to the Surgeon General for Ophthalmology. As Consultant he developed and implemented a worldwide system of laser refractive centers for the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program (WRESP). This multimillion dollar program was conceived and created by Dr. Madigan and has resulted in the treatment of over one hundred thousand soldiers thereby contributing to both their military readiness and their personal safety. He is also credited with the implementation of the policy providing and requiring protective eyewear in combat theaters in effect since 2003 which has resulted in the avoidance of many life altering eye wounds.  While serving at WRAMC for the previous fifteen years he was also the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the senior military pediatric specialist in Ophthalmology. While providing care to the 450,000 beneficiaries in the Washington, D.C. area he also received referrals of the most complex patients who were air-evacuated from throughout the world to WRAMC to benefit from his expertise. He continues to hold monthly conferences at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to help train military residents and care for our service-members and their families. He is a recognized expert in his field whose experience spans the entire spectrum of eye care for children and for adults with strabismus. He cares for those with glaucoma, cataracts, ptosis, strabismus, ocular tumors, and other complex diseases.

Dr. Madigan is the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology training for the George Washington University and the Georgetown University Residency Programs in the Washington, D.C. area. He is active in research and in several professional organizations. He serves on several important professional committees and has published his research extensively in journals and book chapters. He is the past President of the USUHS Alumni Association. He is a member of the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, and has been recognized as one of America's Top Ophthalmologists. He serves as the President of the Washington Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Madigan is available to see pediatric patients at CNHS, and its regional clinic in Fairfax, Virginia and adult strabismus patients at the George Washington University Hospital Medical Faculty Associates location in Foggy Bottom.