Dr. Woo is an accomplished retinal surgeon and specialist, with over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience, who continues to strive to improve the patient care experience.

Dr. Woo received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from The Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Following an Internship at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, he completed the Ophthalmology Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital of New York (Manhattan)/New York Medical College, serving as Chief Resident during his final year. He completed an advanced Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Woo served as Assistant Residency Director and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology teaching residents and medical students at St Vincent’s Hospital of New York in Manhattan. He also worked in private practice on the Upper East Side.

In 2009, he moved to Northern Virginia and founded Advanced Retina Center, a practice specializing in retinal conditions, with an emphasis on quality patient care, communication, and compassion. Since its inception in Tysons Corner, Advanced Retina Center has expanded with additional retina specialists and staff, as well as additional offices in Alexandria and Manassas.

He enjoys caring for his patients and is committed to improving patient care. He participates in local and national medical societies. Dr. Woo has been recognized by peer physicians for his leadership qualities, distinction, commitment to patient care, and advocacy for his profession, having been elected to the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Medical Society, and as the Treasurer and Secretary.

His many life experiences have shaped him into the doctor he is today:

  • “During residency, I had the privilege to work with our Chairman, Robert A. D'Amico, M.D, a pioneer and superb ophthalmic surgeon. He modeled by example how to be a great physician, teacher and altruistic human being. He was generous, kind, and compassionate. ”
  • “Another great teacher was the dean of the medical school, who taught us that the word “doctor” comes from the Latin word that means to “teach.” As doctors, one of our duties is to educate. This has guided my professional development and I always try to communicate effectively with my patients as well as with my students.”

Dr. J. John Woo, M.D., in a dark blue suit, white button shirt, and blue tie

Teaching Experience


  • Lecturer, The George Washington University, Basic Science Course, Washington Ophthalmology Residency Consortium
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, New York Medical College
  • Assistant Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program, St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan, NY
  • Director, Retina Service, Richmond University Medical Center, NY
  • Teaching Assistant Attending, Ophthalmology, Eye Trauma and Emergency Room, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston

Formal Training


  • Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
  • Medical School: University of Maryland
  • Internship: Mercy Medical Center, University of Maryland
  • Residency: Saint Vincent’s Hospital of New York (Manhattan), New York Medical College
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

Medical Organizations


  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology