Mark A. Pavilack, M.D.


Cataracts, Lasik Refractive Surgery, Corneal Disease, Uveitis, Urgents

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Get to Know Dr. Pavilack

Dr. Pavilack is a Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Pavilack was among the first in the Hampton Roads area to perform advanced corneal transplantation procedures including DSAEK, Ultra-Thin, DSAEK, DMEK, DALK, and Keratoprotheses. He was also one of the earliest to use both Toric and Multifocal Lens implants with cataract surgery following their initial approval by the FDA. With having performed over 15,000 cataract, refractive, corneal, and laser surgeries, Dr. Pavilack is one of the most experienced corneal specialists in Virginia.

Dr. Pavilack has had a near lifelong involvement in community service starting as a hospital volunteer as a teenager and throughout college. He later served for many years as a Physician Volunteer, Prevention of Blindness Committee Chairman, and Board Member of both the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired and Lancaster County Association for the Blind. Dr. Pavilack has been a volunteer for EyeCare America and Mission Cataract as well as at the Lions Eye Clinic over 10 years providing free eye care and surgery. He has served as the Asst Medical Director for the Lions Medical Eye Bank & Research Center of Eastern Virginia since 2013.

Dr. Pavilack resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Ann, and their three children. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.

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Education & Training
  • Bachelor of Science
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Medical Degree
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Internship
    Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Allentown Affiliated Hospitals, Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Ophthalmology Residency
    University of Michigan, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Fellowship
    Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Memberships & Affiliations
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Phi Chi Medical Fraternity
  • Portsmouth Medical Society
  • The Medical Society of Virginia
  • Tidewater Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Society
  • Virginia Society of Ophthalmology
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Chapter President, 1986-1987
  • Fellow American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Diplomate American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons, 1994–2006
  • National Registry of Who’s Who, Lifetime Member
  • Outstanding Young Man of America, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 1997-1998, 1999-2000, 2000-2001
  • George Slocum Resident Research Award, 1989-1990, 1990-1991
  • N.R.L.C. Physician Advisory Board Physician of the Year, 2004
  • Thomas Brown McClelland Scholastic Grant, 1985-1986, 1986-1987
  • Eskind Scholar, 1986-1987
  • C.L.A.S.S.C. Scholastic Scholar, 1982-1983
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma, and Golden Key National Honor Societies
  • America’s Top Ophthalmologist Award, Consumer Research Council of America, 2004-2014
  • The Global Directory of Who’s Who, 2006, 2007
  • The Leading Physicians of the World Award, International Association of Healthcare Professionals, 2012, 2013
  • Top Doctors Award, Hampton Roads Magazine, 2013
  • Top LASIK Surgeons Award, America Top 10, 2013
  • Top Doctors Award of Chesapeake, Castle Connolly, 2014-2016
  • Top Doctors Award, Coastal Living Magazine, 2015,2016
  • #1 LASIK Surgeon Award, American Ophthalmology Council, 2017
  • Top Ophthalmologist, The Leading Physicians of the World, The International Association of Ophthalmologist, 2014, 2015, 2017

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