John D. Mitchell, MD | Emily Ash Morin, MD | Jacquelyn Weber, MD 
130 Park Street SE, Suite 300 Vienna, Virginia 22180 / Phone:703-938-2266
8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 / Phone:301-656-2027

John D. Mitchell, MD
Emily Ash Morin, MD
Jacquelyn Weber, MD

130 Park Street SE, Suite 300
Vienna, Virginia 22180

8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Dr. Mitchell is a highly skilled and experienced, board certified Ophthalmologist. He has performed thousands of microsurgical vision correction procedures, and routinely teaches and supervises physicians in training. Dr. Mitchell has written medical chapters in major texts, given lectures throughout the country, and has been recognized by his peers for his surgical expertise. Dr. Mitchell has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington National Eye Center, and is a Senior Attending Surgeon and Program Director Emeritus at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Mitchell has a special interest in refractive surgical procedures including LASIK, refractive lens exchange (RLE), implantable contact lens (ICL) and cataract surgery. Dr. Mitchell is a Leading STAAR Visian ICL Specialist Surgeon.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Past Program Director Ophthalmology Residency Training Washington National Eye Center
  • Fellow American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

Honors and Recognition

  • Named to the Super Doctors list in the October 2013 issue of The Washington Post Magazine for the third year in a row
  • Listed as one of the Top 12 LASIK Surgeons by Washingtonian Magazine, Feb. 2000
  • Listed as one of the Nation's Top Ophthalmologists 2002-2013 by Consumers' Research Council of America
  • Joseph Dessoff, MD Ophthalmology Education Award; Washington Hospital Center


  • Chief Resident Ophthalmology Residency, Washington National Eye Center
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, Medical Center of Delaware
  • Doctorate of Medicine, University of Virginia Medical School
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Virginia Tech


Over 20 years ago, friends John Mitchell and Wayne Burstein traveled to Jackson to climb with us. John and Wayne spent two days in our level I and level II schools learning the basics, and then headed up the Grand Teton. On the morning of July 18, 1993, they were standing on the summit.

Last week, during the summer solstice, John Mitchell returned to Jackson with his three sons David, Lewis, and Thomas. After two days of school for the sons, and a refresher course for John, the family left the Lupine Meadows trailhead with Exum Guides Brenton Reagan and Mike Abbey. This adventure would build upon a family journey that started over 20 years ago.

It was a special time to be high up in the Tetons on the longest days of the year and for the first days of the summer. Due to an excellent weather forecast, everyone was in great spirits anticipating their summit day. Day 1 brought cloudless skies, no wind, and an amazing solstice sunset. That evening, the Mitchells took one last look at the Grand Teton before crawling into their sleeping bags.

With a predawn start and a beautiful first day of summer sunrise, the family headed for the summit. It was just a few short hours later when John Mitchell got to do something most people don't get the chance to do: stand on the summit with his three sons.

It was nothing less than a spectacular site to watch this family enjoy an adventure together and then celebrate on the summit. All of us at Exum are extremely proud that the Mitchell family returned to climb with us. 20 years or so from now, we hope to see a 3rd generation of the Mitchell family standing on top. Our certificate may change again by then, but the experience itself will not change much.

"Again, I would never consider placing my entire family's lives in the hands of anyone other than an experienced Exum Guide. I thought that you were absolutely terrific and it was a pleasure and a privilege to climb with you. Thank you again for helping create a lasting memory for our family." - John D. Mitchell, M.D.

Every summer, many families and groups of friends return to climb with us. Many more climb with us for the first time, and hopefully, begin a summer tradition. We invite you to join us too - come and see what it is that John Mitchell and so many others have experienced. We're willing to bet that you too will be convinced to bring your family or friends back for the adventure.