Dr. Rivers is a military-trained ophthalmologist and one of the foremost experts in the field of laser surgery. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Temple University and was commissioned as a Naval Officer through the NROTC Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Rivers deployed twice to the Persian Gulf as a Division Officer onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN- 71). He obtained his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine where he attended on an Army scholarship. After deploying to Iraq as the Brigade Surgeon for the First Cavalry Division, Dr. Rivers completed his residency in ophthalmology at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis, Washington.
He then served as Chief of Ophthalmology and Chief of Surgery at Winn Army Hospital at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Prior to retiring from his 30-year military career at the rank of Colonel, Dr. Rivers also served as the Director of the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program and Research Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Dr. Rivers has co-authored numerous research articles and presentations on refractive and corneal surgery and is at the forefront of providing the latest technology to his patients.
He is an in-demand speaker in his field and holds the following professional memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; Maryland Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons; American Refractive Surgery Council; Refractive Surgery Alliance; and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.