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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

Education & Training

  • Residency Program, Ophthalmology, 1994
    Washington Hospital Center
  • Fellowship Program, Strabismus, 1983
    Texas Children's Hospital-Baylor College of Med.
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Ophthalmology, 1982
    Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Residency Program, Ophthalmology, 1981
    American University of Beirut
  • MD, 1978
    American University of Beirut
  • Internship Program, Rotating Internship, 1978
    American University of Beirut
  • BS, 1974
    American University of Beirut

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors Washingtonian (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2020, 2019)

National Provider ID: 1851452247


Mohamad S. Jaafar, M.D., is currently an ophthalmologist at Children's National Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also holds the Dorothy, Jay, Kara and Mark Weinstein Professorship in Ophthalmology. He served as Chair of the Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program: the oldest, largest and most prestigious such fellowship in the world.

Dr. Jaafar is a sought-after clinician, teacher and speaker who is internationally recognized as an authority in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. His opinion is especially sought for his expertise in the diagnosis and management of infantile glaucoma and complicated strabismus in adults and children. Dr. Jaafar is the author of a number of original scientific papers, abstracts, editorials and book chapters. He also serves on the editorial board of a number of ophthalmology peer-reviewed journals.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the International Strabismological Association, the Washington Academy of Ophthalmology and many other national and international professional societies and associations. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and the Editorial Board of a number of medical journals.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • Prevention of Blindness Society 
  • The Aid Association for the Blind of the District of Columbia 
  • The Children Eye Foundation 
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology 
  • Strabismus 


Research & Publications

4.7 / 5 4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 69 Patient/Family Ratings)

About Our Patient Satisfaction Scores

The main Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider-related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

The ratings below are the average of specific questions about interactions with the care provider.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • 4.8 / 5

    Friendliness/courtesy of Care Provider

  • 4.7 / 5

    Care Provider explanations of prob/condition

  • 4.7 / 5

    Patients' confidence in Care Provider

  • 4.6 / 5

    Likelihood of recommending Care Provider