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The team at Washington Eye Specialists has proudly been serving the Washington, D.C., community for over 25 years, and is still led today by one of its founders, Dr. Theodore Gancayco. Learn more about each member of team of specialists below!

Theodore Gancayco, MD

Ted-Gancayco-low-resDr. Theodore Gancayco is a board certified retina specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon who specializes in diseases of the retina, including lasers and injections.

He has been practicing ophthalmology in the Washington, D.C., area for over 30 years and has performed thousands of surgeries and laser procedures and injections for the treatment of retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

He has been recognized as a Washingtonian “Top Doctor” and he is a former clinical instructor for residents of the Georgetown University Family Practice Program. He is past president of the Philippine Medical Association and has led medical missions to the Philippines.

Anjali Badami, MD

Anjali BadamiDr. Anjali Badami is a board certified cornea specialist at Washington Eye Specialists whose interests lie in adult corneal and refractive surgery, as well as cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Badami is highly trained for cataract surgery including premium lens options and femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, full thickness penetrating keratoplasty and endothelial keratoplasty including DSAEK and DMEK. She is also trained for office-based procedures such as collagen crosslinking, EDTA chelation and superficial keratectomy.

A native of Saginaw, MI, Dr. Badami earned her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She completed medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, PA, followed by an internship and her residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. During residency, she was selected to be chief resident. She completed her training with a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Outside of work, Dr. Badami enjoys being outdoors, hiking and traveling.

Viraj J. Mehta, MD

Dr Mehta HeadshotDr. Viraj Mehta, MD, is an Oculoplastic Surgeon at Washington Eye Specialists, who specializes in the diagnosis and management of oculofacial surgery, complex oculofacial reconstruction, orbital and lacrimal surgery, and trauma in both children and adults. In addition, he is trained in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures like Botox, fillers, chemical peels, and lasers, as well as cosmetic surgery including eyelid blepharoplasty and browlifts. 

Dr. Mehta was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. He then went on to complete his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He attended Case Western Reserve University for medical school in Cleveland, OH and completed his Internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He finished his residency at Vanderbilt University and his fellowship training in Oculofacial Plastics & Orbital Surgery at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Collaborative Program in Minnesota.

Dr. Mehta has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters. He has also presented his research and given talks at various conferences around the country. Dr. Mehta is passionate about patient care, medical education, innovations in healthcare technology, and healthcare policy. Dr. Mehta enjoys traveling, playing basketball and tennis, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Mehta also sees patients at See Clearly Vision, which is another practice supported by Vision Innovation Partners. 


  • Mayo Clinic/University of Minnesota, ASOPRS Oculofacial, Reconstructive, Orbital Surgery Fellow
  • Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN, Ophthalmology Resident, Department of Ophthalmology 
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Transitional Year Resident (PGY1), Department of Medicine 
  • Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Ithaca, NY, Master of Business Administration 
  • Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, Doctor of Medicine 
  • Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY, Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences


  • Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Resident Leadership Award 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Honor Medical Society
  • SC Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, Johnson Leadership Fellow
  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Georgetown University School of Medicine


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)


  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Nguyen Waterman, OD

Nguyen-WatermanDr. Nguyen Waterman practices comprehensive eye care including routine eye exams, contact lens fittings, glaucoma and cataract evaluations, as well as pre and post-op surgery care. She also specializes in macular degeneration, diabetic eye, and strabismus evaluations. Dr. Waterman has a passion for treating dry eye patients and those who suffer from eye related allergies.

Prior to joining Washington Eye Specialists, Dr. Waterman worked at Kaiser Permanente where she focused on promoting preventative care of the patient. This entailed working hand in hand with internal medicine to ensure patients with hypertension, diabetes, and other systemic conditions were well monitored. She also participated in telemedicine consults reading retinal photos as a screening measure for diabetic patients.

Additionally Dr. Waterman previously worked at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, where she was responsible for teaching clinical skills to first and second year medical students as they rotated through the different sections. Dr. Waterman also worked as a civilian optometrist at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center where she received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in her care of the military community and their family members.

Dr. Waterman attended Washington University in St. Louis where she worked in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. After graduating cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Biochemistry, Dr. Waterman attended the University of Missouri in St. Louis Optometry School where she graduated on the Dean’s List.

While in optometry school Dr. Waterman was awarded the Mary M. Gilbert scholarship, a Merit Scholarship, and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society. She was also awarded an American Academy of Optometry research stipend and a National Eye Institute Summer Research Fellowship at the University Of Houston School Of Optometry. During her summer fellowship, she published an abstract on corneal healing at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).


  • Fluent in English and Vietnamese
  • Speaks some Spanish