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

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

National Eye Institute (NEI),
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

  • Chief, Consult Services Section


  • General ophthalmology
  • Ocular graft-versus-host disease

Current Projects

Dr. Bishop currently performs eye examinations on people who are participating in clinical trials throughout the many Institutes and Centers at the NIH. This involves monitoring medication and treatment effects, managing eye diseases, and performing surgeries. In addition, she 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.

Professional Highlights

From 2004-2006, Dr. Bishop provided ophthalmic 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.

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

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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