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The Eye Clinic: Rachel J. Bishop, M.D., M.P.H.

Rachel J. Bishop, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Bishop is the chief of the Consult Services Section at the National Eye Institute (NEI). She performs eye examinations on people who are participating in clinical trials throughout the many Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health. This involves monitoring medication and treatment effects, managing eye diseases, and performing surgeries.

Dr. Bishop received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1999. She completed her medical internship (2000) and ophthalmology residency (2003) at Walter Reed Army Center in Washington, DC. In 2010, she received her Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Bishop provided eye care to thousands of soldiers before or after their deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, as the chief of ophthalmology at Darnall Army Community Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to receiving her medical degree, she served as executive officer of a medical company for the Virginia Army National Guard, and completed active duty Army assignments as an administrator at Letterman U.S. Army Hospital in San Francisco and company executive officer within the Second Infantry Division in South Korea.

Dr. Bishop is developing a research study on the effectiveness of sustained-release cyclosporine to treat patients who develop ocular graft-versus-host disease after receiving a stem cell transplant. In ocular graft-versus-host disease, transplanted immune cells attack and destroy the tear-producing glands, resulting in severe dry eye.