Bruce A. Rivers, MD

Bruce A. Rivers, MD a Colonel in the U.S . Army, is the Director of the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at Fort Belvoir. He is an anterior segment surgeon specializing in cataract and refractive surgery that includes, LASIK, Small Incision Lenticular Extraction (SMILE), ICLs, premium IOLs, and corneal collagen cross linking.

Colonel Rivers began his military career in the United States Navy as an ophthalmic surgical technician. He graduated from Temple University and was commissioned as a naval officer through the University of Pennsylvania’s Naval ROTC Program. As a Naval Supply Officer, he managed a multi-million-dollar budget and a division of over 100 sailors, when he served on-board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). During this time, deployed to Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. Dr. Rivers transitioned to the Army upon entering medical school. After graduating from the Howard University College of Medicine, he completed a general surgery intern year before deploying to Iraq. While deployed to Baghdad with the prestigious 1st Cavalry Division, as the Brigade Surgeon, Dr. Rivers was awarded the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He completed his ophthalmology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis in Washington. Dr. Rivers was the first surgeon in the military to perform corneal collagen cross linking and SMILE. As a consistent early adapter of new technology, he is actively involved in clinical research and is the primary investigator on several ongoing industry sponsored research studies. His current focus area includes military performance after SMILE , lacritan, and collagen cross linking.


Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program Ft Belvoir


9300 Dewitt Loop

Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 USA

Telephone – 571-231-1600

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