Frank S. Ashburn, Jr.

Senior Medical Director


Ophthalmologist, Sub-specialty: Glaucoma


  • Graduate: The Landon School 1965
  • BA English: Yale University, New Haven, CT 1965-1969
  • MD: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC 1969-1973
  • Internship Straight Surgery: Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, TX  1973-1974
  • Fellowship Pathology: Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 1974-1975
  • Residency Ophthalmology, Georgetown Univ. Medical Center, Center for Sight, Washington, DC 1975-1978
  • Fellowship Glaucoma: Washington University Medical Center, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO 1978-1979


  • Private Practice, Ophthalmology 1981-Present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Georgetown Univ. Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology 1981-Present
  • Instructor, Glaucoma Review Board, Washington National Eye Center, Washington Hospital Center 1981- Present
  • Instructor, Glaucoma, Bethesda Naval Hospital 1990-1999
  • Assistant Professor, Director of Glaucoma Service, Georgetown Univ. Medical Center, Dept. of Ophthalmology 1979-1981
  • Hospital Appointments: Georgetown University Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center
  • Medical Societies: DC Medical Society, Washington Medical-Surgical Society, Georgetown Clinical Society, Northern Virginia Ophthalmological Society
  • Honors: Cahill Award (Best Performance in Surgery) Georgetown University 1973; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Fraternity, Georgetown University 1973; American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award 1995; Medal for 20 years of teaching, Georgetown University Medical Center, Member-The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  • Visiting Lectureships: University of Kentucky, University of Virginia
  • Special Assignments: Teaching Assignment, Meshed, Iran Oct-Dec 1977
  • Author of nine scientific papers and two national presentations

Memberships & Related Activities:

  • IEF Board 1990-1998, 2001- present, Treasurer 1990, Vice President 2001, Senior Medical Director 2003-2004, President 2003 and 2004
  • Washington National Eye Center, Washington Hospital Center, Chairman of the Board 2001-Present
  • Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, Medical Director 2000-Present
  • Member, The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
  • Prevent Blindness America: Chairman 1995-2003, Glaucoma Advisory Board 1989-2003
  • Washington Academy of Ophthalmology, Treasurer 2003
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Executive Council 1989-1990, Federal Economic Policy Committee 1991-1998
  • American Glaucoma Society Charter Member 1986-Present
  • Landon School and National Presbyterian School, Washington, DC
  • IEF:  Dr. Ashburn has been involved with IEF since the 1980’s as a volunteer and as a Board member
  • Chair, Nominating Committee FY 2013
  • Chair, IEF Board of Directors FY 2011, FY 2012
  • President, Board of Directors FY 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Vice President, Board of Directors FY2002
  • Senior Medical Director and Chair Medical Advisory Committee, Board of Directors; Executive Secretary, IEF Society of Eye Surgeons FY2004, FY2005, FY2006, FY2015, FY 2016, FY 2017
  • Recipient: IEF “Promotion of Peace & Vision Award” 2005