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Stephen S Pappas JR, M.D.

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Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years)


Languages: English, Greek, Spanish


B-Scan Ultrasound, CMV Retinitis, Diabetic Retinopathy, Fluorescein Angioplasty, Laser Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Ocular Inflammation Disease, Ophthalmology, Retinal Detachment, Retinal Surgery, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Service more


The Center for Retinal Diseases and Surgery

Appointment Phone: 301-571-2000
6420 Rockledge Drive
Suite 4900
Bethesda, MD 20817 map
Phone: 301-571-2000 | Fax: 301-571-4307


Dr. Stephen S. Pappas, Jr. is native to the Washington, D.C. 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 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, D.C. 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 is married with two children and resides in Montgomery County where he also serves as a trustee for two non-profit organizations. Recreationally, Dr. Pappas is an avid fan of his children’s sports and enjoys golf, skiing and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery at Suburban Hospital



  • MD; The George Washington University School of Medicine (1989)


  • Ophthalmology; Medstar Washington Hospital Center (1993)


  • Vitreoretinal Surgery; The National Retina Institute (1995)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (1995)

Patient Ratings & Comments

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