Michael Pavlica, MD
Michael Pavlica, MD

Dr. Pavlica is our specialist in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. Dr. Pavlica graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor or Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1986. He received his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1990, and then completed an internship at in Boston at Beth Israel Hospital where he served as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Pavlica completed his ophthalmology residency at Boston Medical Center in 1994, followed by two-years of advanced fellowship training in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Pavlica specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of retinal eye disease. He is trained in the medical and surgical management of macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachments and tears, macular holes, macular puckers, vein occulusions, and floaters, among others.

Dr. Pavlica is able to perform intraocular injections of medicine as well as retinal laser surgery in our office under topical eye drop anesthesia, as well as retinal cryosurgery and photodynamic therapy and performs advanced digital imaging stuides. He founded the Diabetic Eye Care and Macular Degeneration Center at Family Eye Group. He participates in important national studies in diabetic eye disease, optic nerve damage, and other eye diseases.

Dr. Pavlica’s work has been published in prestigious opthalmic journals including Archives of Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. Recent studies he has participated in have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has also served as a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pavlica has authored a chapter in a leading Ophthalmic Surgery textbook that was just published. He wrote the chapter on Subretinal Neovascularization from macular degeneration in Master Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery, second edition. It is a resource that is used extensively by eye surgeons around the world to help perfect the art of eye surgery.

Dr. Pavlica recently co-authored an article in the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology entitled Panretinal Photocoagulation versus Ranibizumab for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy that is helping guide doctors in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy world-wide. Additionally, he just co-authored another article in the journal Retina examining what baseline characteristics doctors might use to determine whether to utilize injections over laser for diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Pavlica is on staff at Lancaster General Hospital and Physician’s Surgery Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Pavlica is a past president of the Lancaster County Medical Society.