William P. Madigan Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. is the Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at Children’s National. He is a Professor of Surgery and past Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland from 1995-2015. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his Medical Doctor degree from USUHS. His internship and residency in Ophthalmology were both at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, D.C. He completed his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology under Dr. Marshall Parks at Children's National in 1989.
Dr. Madigan joined the staff at Children's National in 2004 after a distinguished career in the US Army. He retired as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at WRAMC and Consultant to the Surgeon General for Ophthalmology. As Consultant he developed and implemented a worldwide system of laser refractive centers for the Warfighter Refractive Surgery Program. This multi million dollar program was conceived and created by Dr. Madigan and has resulted in the treatment of over 250,000 soldiers contributing to both their military readiness and their personal safety. His research and advocacy were directly responsible for the adoption of mandatory wear of eye armor by all armed forces personnel resulting in the prevention of thousands of personal injuries effecting service member’s vision and quality of life. While serving at WRAMC he was also the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and the senior military pediatric specialist in ophthalmology. While providing care to the 450,000 beneficiaries in the Washington, D.C., area he also received referrals of the most complex patients who were air-evacuated from throughout the world to WRAMC to benefit from his expertise. He is one of very few awarded The Ancient Order of St. Lucia by the Society of Military Ophthalmologists for exceptional contributions to the United States of America. He is a recognized expert in his field whose experience spans the entire spectrum of eye care for children and for adults with strabismus. He cares for those with glaucoma, cataracts, ptosis, strabismus, ocular tumors and other complex diseases.
Dr. Madigan is a past President of the Washington Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the Medical Committee of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan D.C. He is active in research and several professional organizations. He serves on several important professional committees and has published his research extensively in journals and book chapters. He is a past member of the Medical Executive Committee at Children’s National Medical Center and served on the Board of Directors for both the Children’s National Health Network and the Friends of USUHS organization for many years. He was the elected President of the USUHS Alumni Association from 1982-2014. He is a member of the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists.