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 a 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


As a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Falls provides a full spectrum of care, specializing in advanced cataract surgery techniques as well as routine ophthalmic care such as glaucoma treatment and diabetic retinopathy evaluations.

Dr. Falls has been the Chief of Ophthalmology at Inova Fairfax Hospital since 2009. He was President of the Northern Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology from 2010 to 2012.

Dr. Falls also participates in the surgical training of the Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center ophthalmology residents staffing the Lions Eye Clinic at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Falls is a Board member of the Virginia Lions Eye Foundation (VLEI). Dr. Falls has been recognized by both Washingtonian and Checkbook magazines for his outstanding patient care. In 2005, he was elected to Best Doctors, which is a highly selective nationwide group of physicians chosen by their peers.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 and joined 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.

Bella Davé Patnaik, MD

Bella Patnaik

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.

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