Carl Leto, MD
Dr. Leto was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with Magna Cum Laude at Tufts University and his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. After medical internship at the Bay State Medical Center in Massachusetts, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University. He then joined the Northern Virginia Center for Eye Care, providing comprehensive general ophthalmic care. He is an active member in the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology and served as president from 1998 to 2000. Other interests include the Lions Eye Foundation Clinic at Fairfax Hospital and participating as a clinical instructor in ophthalmology for the ophthalmology residents at Georgetown University Hospital. He served on the Surgical Case Review Committee and a Quality Assurance Committee for ophthalmology at Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Leto has been listed among the “Top Doctors” in Washingtonian magazine and in Checkbook magazine.
Mark Falls, MD
With nearly three decades of career expertise in ophthalmology, Dr. Mark Falls is a highly regarded physician within the Northern Virginia Ophthalmology community and a long-standing member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Falls provides a full spectrum of ophthalmic care, specializing in advanced cataract surgery techniques as well as routine ophthalmic care such as glaucoma treatment and diabetic retinopathy evaluations.
Dr. Falls has served in numerous career roles, including as President of the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology from 2010 to 2012. He has also served on the executive committee of the Fairfax County Medical society as well as numerous hospital committees. At Inova Fairfax Hospital, he has been the Chief of Ophthalmology since 2009. Dr. Falls has an appointment as a Clinical Instructor at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center and contributes to the surgical training for their ophthalmology residents while at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Both Washingtonian and Checkbook magazines have consistently recognized Dr. Falls as one of the area’s leading Ophthalmologists for his outstanding patient care. He was first elected to Best Doctors in 2005, which is a highly selective group of physicians chosen by their peers from across the country. In addition, he is dedicated to numerous philanthropic endeavors. He has been a volunteer surgeon for the charity Lions Eye Clinic at Fairfax Hospital since he started practice. Dr. Falls is a long-standing Board member of the Virginia Lions Eye Foundation (VLEI), which provides funding for visually handicapped students and support for the Eye Clinic at Fairfax Hospital. He has also served as the President of the Vienna Ayr Hill Lions Club, with emphasis on providing sight and hearing benefits to our community. He is currently a member of the Merrifield Lions Club.
Dr. Falls earned his Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, with an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency at Georgetown University, where he served as Chief Resident. He then joined his father, Dr. Richard Falls, the founder of the Northern Virginia Center for Eye Care in 1991. Dr. Falls spends time in both the Tysons and Fairfax/Merrifield offices and is available for new patient consultations.
Dr. Falls enjoys outdoor activities such as adventure travel, hiking, and photography. His older daughter is a medical student at Jefferson, now named the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. His younger daughter is in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. An avid reader, he likes adventure and mystery novels as well as the occasional career assistance reference.
Bella Davé Patnaik, MD
Dr. Patnaik was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She continued at the University of Virginia for medical school followed by an internship at Fairfax Hospital/Georgetown University. Dr. Patnaik received her residency training in ophthalmology at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. She received further training in the subspecialty of corneal, cataract, refractive surgery, and external ocular disease during her fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Patnaik’s practice encompasses all aspects of ophthalmology, with special emphasis on corneal and external ocular diseases such as dry eye. She performs corneal transplants, DSAEK, cataract surgery, pterygium excision, LASIK and other refractive and anterior segment surgery. In addition to her practice, Dr. Patnaik volunteers as a clinical and surgical instructor to Georgetown University ophthalmology residents. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
Julie Leigh, MD
Dr. Leigh was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to the United States in 1987. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, she completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University. Next, she received training in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago residency program. Finally, she went on to the Proctor Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco to obtain further subspecialty training in uveitis, cornea and external disease. In the summer of 2007 she returned to the Washington, D.C. area to join the staff of Northern Virginia Center for Eye Care. She now lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and her three young daughters.
Dr. Leigh provides general eye care and accepts referrals from all over the Washington metropolitan area in her specialty, uveitis (inflammatory diseases of the eye). Her general ophthalmology practice scope includes routine eye examinations, diabetic evaluations, cataract surgery, glaucoma care, and dry eye evaluations. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition to her practice, she also volunteers at the Lions Eye Clinic at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Leigh is fluent in Russian and Spanish, and understands French.