Jeevan R. Mathura, Jr., MD

Jeevan R. Mathura, Jr., M.D., was born and raised in Washington, DC. He completed undergraduate studies at Georgetown University with a cum laude distinction. He then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he developed an interest in research and surgery. He was selected as an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and conducted a year of research where he studied neurotransmitter receptor biology. He then completed two years of general surgery training at LA County/USC Medical Center and the Washington Hospital Center. As he wanted to continue research and pursue a career in ophthalmology, he then became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, in the Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory. He then completed an ophthalmology residency at Nassau University Medical Center/SUNY Stonybrook and completed a prestigious fellowship in Diseases of the Retina at Northwestern University.

Before Dr. Mathura founded Diabetic Eye DC, he was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and an attending physician at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Vitreoretinal Service at the George Washington University for a combined 12 years. In both of these roles, Dr. Mathura taught and lectured medical students, residents and ophthalmology fellows. He also was the principal investigator and co-investigator in multiple clinical trials and authored journal articles and book chapters. He became a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 2004 and was re-certified by the ABO in 2014.

Dr. Mathura maintains privileges at Providence Hospital.

Dr. Mathura is an avid reader and keeps current with medical literature and cutting edge treatments and technology. Because of his experience and knowledge in the field, his expertise is frequently sought after by other ophthalmologists, medical doctors in other specialties, optometrists and other professionals.

Diabetic Eye DC’s philosophy emphasizes individualized care and attention for every patient and accessibility to both patients and referring doctors. Dr. Mathura routinely gives out his cell phone number to physicians and critical patients and is also easily reached through our answering service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Mathura has been happily married for over 16 years and enjoys the privilege of raising three, school-aged children.

Medical Education: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residencies: Nassau County Medical Center/SUNY Stonybrook
Fellowships: Northwestern University, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University
Board Certifications: Ophthalmology


  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Vascular Occlusive Disease
  • Ocular Complications of AIDS and Posterior Uveitis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Vitreoretinal Disease

Lindsay Smithen, MD

Dr. Smithen has extensive experience in the treatment of retinal disease with particular expertise in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and retinal vascular occlusions. She enjoyed an active career in academic medicine at George Washington University prior to entering into private practice.

A native of New York, Dr. Smithen realized a childhood dream when she became a physician. She graduated from Princeton University with the cum laude distinction and then went on to earn her medical degree from Cornell Medical School. Dr. Smithen completed her ophthalmology residency and fellowship in the treatment of retinal disease at the prestigious Tufts-New England Eye Center in Boston. She is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Smithen has published dozens of articles and abstracts in leading scientific journals and has authored a number of chapters in distinguished medical texts. She has been asked to speak to her peers at ophthalmology meetings around the country. She holds membership in several professional societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmic Society. Dr. Smithen is an invited founding member of the International Society for the Advancement of Medical Retina and an entrepreneur who co-founded an innovative retina business focused on providing care to the underserved around the United States.

Dr Smithen enjoys helping her patients understand the complexities of their retinal disease and working with each patient to formulate a patient-specific treatment plan. She believes that a physician-patient partnership is essential to achieving the best results for her patients.
When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Smithen relishes her role as wife and mother to three young daughters and her dog, Barkley. She is an avid tennis player and sports enthusiast.

Undergraduate Education: Princeton University
Medical Education: Cornell Medical School
Residency: Tufts-New England Eye Center
Fellowship: Tufts-New England Eye Center
Board Certification: Ophthalmology