National Eye Institute (NEI),
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
- Chief, Consult Services Section
- General ophthalmology
- Ocular graft-versus-host disease
Dr. Bishop examines and cares for people who are participating in clinical trials throughout the many Institutes and Centers at the NIH. This involves monitoring medication and treatment side-effects, managing eye diseases, and performing eye surgeries. In addition, she is the co-lead on a 5-year study of the ocular effects of Ebola on survivors in Liberia, part of the PREVAIL Ebola survivor study. Dr. Bishop specializes in the treatment of ocular graft-versus-host disease, a condition affecting patients who have received a donor stem cell transplant in which the transplanted immune cells attack and destroy the tear-producing glands of the eye, resulting in severe dry eye.
From 2003-2006, Dr. Bishop provided ophthalmic care to thousands of soldiers before or after their deployments 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.
Education and Training
- 2010, Master's of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- 2000-2003, Ophthalmology residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- 1999-2000, Medical internship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- 1999, Medical degree, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
- 1990, B.S. in Economics with concentration in Law, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
See the Spokesperson in Action
- Dr. Rachel Bishop explains the concept of “perfect vision,” how glasses work, and how we can tell if we need glasses.
- Dr. Rachel Bishop explains the difference between vision screening and a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
- Dr. Rachel Bishop talks with Voice of America about “computer vision syndrome”.
The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, leads the federal government's research on the visual system and eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments.
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