David F. Klink, DO

David F. Klink, DOSenior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Director, Center for Standardized Patients and Simulation
Chair, Department of Specialty Medicine

Phone: (434) 582-2278


  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Klink graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Biology in 1983 and from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with his DO degree in 1987. After completing an internship in Family Practice at Naval Hospital, Charleston, S.C., he trained in Submarine and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, Conn. He subsequently served as a Submarine and Diving Medical Officer at Naval Hospital, Groton, Conn., and with Submarine Squadron 10. In 1994 he completed a Residency in Ophthalmology at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, Md., and then served as a General Ophthalmologist at Great Lakes Naval Hospital for 2 years.

He completed two Fellowships at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Neuro-Ophthalmology from 1996-1997 and Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology from 2002-2003. He was the Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service and Division Officer of Ophthalmology at NNMC from 1997 to 2002. From 2003 to 2015 he served at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) providing services in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and adult Strabismus. During this time he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Ophthalmology for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Ophthalmology Residency Program. He was the Department Head of Ophthalmology at NMCP for his final 3 years in the Navy. CAPT Klink retired from the United States Navy in July of 2015 after 28 years of active service.

He is the recipient of the United States Navy Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals. In 2014 he was presented the Master Clinician Award by the Medical Staff of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He is a Fellow of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Association and a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Dr. Klink has a passion for missions and led two trips to Lesotho, Africa, providing medical and eye care to remote mountain villages. He has served in multiple teaching and leadership positions in the local church and strives to honor Christ in all areas of his life.