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Dr. John Pilavas, MD

Refractive Surgeon, Ophthalmologist, Cornea & External Diseases Specialist

Astoria, NY

About Dr. John Pilavas

Dr. John Pilavas is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist in Astoria, New York. He received his medical degree from The University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship at Lenox Hill Hospital-Manhattan Eye Ear Throat (MEETH) and served as Chief Resident at Nassau University Medical Center-SUNY Stony Brook. He then completed a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island under the auspices of Eric Donnenfeld, M.D. and Henry Perry, M.D. Dr. Pilavas serves as a voluntary attending, teaching Cornea/External Disease to the residents at Nassau University Medical Center. He recently joined his father, Anthony Pilavas, MD-a comprehensive Ophthalmologist who has served the New York City community for over 30 years. Dr. Pilavas specializes in the medical and surgical management of disorders such Keratoconus, Fuch’s Dystrophy, Bullous Keratopathy, Dry Eye Disease and Cataract. He performs full thickness (PK) and partial thickness (DSAEK) corneal transplantations. He is certified to perform LASIK and PRK using both the VISX® and Wavelight® excimer laser platforms. He is also certified to perform Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery using the CATALYS® platform and ranked in the top 1% of his peers for surgical volume using this technology in 2014 and 2015. Dr. Pilavas’s unique background in Laser Vision Correction and Customized Intraocular implants allows him to work with his patients to lessen or sometimes totally eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses. Dr. Pilavas has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents his research at national conferences throughout the country. He has also served as Sub-Investigator for several nationwide FDA trials.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross

Specialties

  • Ophthalmologist
  • Cornea & External Diseases Specialist
  • Refractive Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • The Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Louisville, Doctor of Medicine
  • Lenox Hill Hospital, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • Nassau University Medical Center, Residency in Ophthalmology
  • Georgetown University (Bachelor’s)
  • Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery
  • Georgetown University (Bachelor's)

Professional memberships

  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology

Awards and publications

  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer: addressing the controversies. Chagpar A B., Pilavas J., Chao C., Martin II R.C.G., McMasters K.M., Cancer Therapy 2003; 1:223-230.
  • Sentinel Node Positivity Rates With and Without Frozen Section for Breast Cancer, Nimmi A., Martins D., Huston TL, Christos P., Syed H., Osborne M., Swistel A., Tousimis E., Pressman P., Simmons RM., Ann Surg Oncol. 2008; 15: 256-261.
  • Local and Distant Recurrence Rates in Skin-Sparing Mastectomies Compared with Non-Skin-Sparing Mastectomies. Huston TL, Pilavas J., Martins D., Christos P., Lonier J., Simmons RM., Presented as an Abstract at the Society of Surgical Oncology (Atlanta, GA), March 2005.

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Greek

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1275851230

Dr. John Pilavas's office location

John Pilavas, M.D.

2509 31st Ave.

Astoria, NY 11106

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great dr
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Doctor John Pilavas is an amazing doctor who i will always go for my vision care. Excellent performance and bedside service!!! I got 20/20 vision and had a painless recovery process for lasik. Overall, he is truly a very cordial/caring doctor,thorough in examinations, and professional in all areas. I'm the type of person who will go for miles to see my trusted doctors, so I sincerely recommend anyone to see him, especially if you are in the neighbor.
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Very professional and to the point. Explained everything in a clear manner.
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5 Star staff and Doctor very professionals and very polite
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Absolute professional. Thorough and knowledgeable. Takes time to answer any and all questions.
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Extremely kind and thorough doctor. Made me feel at ease the entire appointment.
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I scheduled a visit for my 13 year old son who is the most dramatic human being known to Earth. He gave Dr. Pilavas a run for his money. From screaming and refusing to receive the numbing eye drops because they"burn like hell" from causing Dr. Pilavas to spill all of the dilating eye drops... let's just say he is challenging. Dr. Pilavas kept his cool and used wit to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible. He was very informative and took the time (despise my son's outbursts) to explain exactly what was the matter with his vision problems. I would definitely recommend him to all parents with hyper sensitive kids!
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NYC and my experience going to the doctor is generally rushed, overbooked , crowded waiting areas with angry people and just unsettling as you forget what to ask or say when your rushed out by the doctor. I get that asI work in the medical field and I get to see both worlds. However, Dr Pilavas and his staff are outstanding! Very outgoing and friend group with great personalities. Dr. Pilavas was outstanding and took his time to thoroughly examine me and explained everything he was doing along with medical explanation. I highly recommend this surgeon.
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Very patient and thorough!
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Was receptive about my injury and though he was unable to resolve it provided additional information for another kind of provider
Less than 6 months ago
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He was a phenomenal doctor! I loved how attentive he was and how he really answered my questions. He addressed all of my concerns and I was seen almost immediately. I usually get nervous when I have to see doctors becausemany of them tend to brush off your questions as silly, but I thoroughly appreciated how dedicated he was! He was very easy to talk to as well, which was nice!!!!
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Went as a second opinion and I decided to go with him for the procedures I need to do. I felt he was trustworthy and knowledgeable about my issues even if he was younger. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Less than 6 months ago
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Awesome
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Doctor Pilavas was kind, caring, and professional. Answered all my concerns.
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Dr. Pilavas was efficient, thorough and very gentle. Took time to walk me through my exam. Friendly and considerate.
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I arrived for my appointment, which was scheduled through ZocDoc, and was surprised that the Doctor was not in at the time I scheduled. There was a miscommunication between ZocDoc & the office. The front desk was very kind and apologeticand rescheduled me at my earliest convenience. When I returned for my appointment the receptionist was very friendly and welcoming. I waited 10-15 minutes to be seen. Dr. Pilavas was professional and patient. He took the time to answer all my questions and made my visit concise.
Less than 6 months ago
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Dr. Pilavas is incredibly caring, thoughtful and nice. I am very happy with his medical care and caring in general.
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Outstanding Doctor!
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He was honest about my diagnosis and I felt informed.
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Dr. Pilavas is great! He was able to answer all of my questions, give me some good recommendations and administer an extensive, painless examination in a short amount of time!
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Listened to what I had to say and was very professional
Less than 1 year ago
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Highly recommend. Doctor Pilavas is very knowledgeable. Answered all the questions that I had.
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Dr. John was great with my 15 year old son. He engaged him in conversation about school and was very professional and personable. My son felt very at ease and comfortable with Dr. John as he is very easy going. I highly recommend him!
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. John Pilavas is a thorough, warm, efficient and extremely knowledgeable eye doctor. In and out within an hour with a quick and easy diagnosis. Being young, his bedside manner is energetic and a delight to be around. DEFINITELY go here!
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Long wait but you definitely get the attention you would like from Dr. Pilavas. Very thorough and you don't feel rushed at all.
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It was very good! Very professional and great bedside manners. He seemed very busy at the time of my visit but he managed to make time for all the patients he was seeing in adequate time.
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I was actually seen at the time where I set my appointment at. The Doctor addressed all my concerns comfortably.
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I was fortunate to find this doctor who not only knows for sure how to respectfully treat a patient and that showed knowledge and good performance during the consultation ... he asked me questions and took the time necessary to verifyhis diagnosis ... I really give him 5 stars for its good performance
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The assistants were very cordial and helpful. The doctor was friendly, put me at ease and answered my questions in a comprehensible manner. I would definitely recommend him.
Less than 1 year ago
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It was ok.
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Very good
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So nice and professional! He asked me questions, took his time to do check ups and provide solutions. I am glad I found a doctor who cares, cause my dry eyes had been bothering me for a long time. I can see improvements now. Thanks Dr. Pilavis.
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Great doctors, fast visit, informative
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Nice and knowledgeable doctor. The only downfall was he was unable to diagnose a problem with my right eye even though it was visibly swollen. Recommended me to an eyelid specialist.
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He is very pleasant and professional, I waited no more than 10 minutes. The girl at the front desk is very sweet.
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A week ago Dr. Pilavas operated my eyes and I am very blessed. He is very professional and has great experience. I had to wait 2 months to be able to operate because I suffer from dry eyes and the verycareful and with the proper medicine made my eyes achieve the required humidity. I recommend and I'm sure you will have the same opinion.
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All the people who's work here are professional
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I liked him. After listening to my concern, he explained why I'm experiencing dry eyes and provided solutions. He was attentive and caring. Also the office was neat and the office staff members were friendly. I recommend him.
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Very attentive and professional.
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He seems like a diligent guy with the right "less is more" philosophy. On that day his tech was out and he was doing all the work so the wait was long.
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It was great, he was more than helpful towards my problem and I appreciate that. He didn't just brush me or my stye off like previous doctors did. Very easy to talk to and ask questions to, even if they're notthe smartest questions. He's willing to answer all of them !
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Great doctor! Extremely kind and personable. Only downside was the wait time.
More than 1 year ago
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Pleasant visit as always
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Wonderful doctor!
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Very professional and personable. My visit with Dr.Pilavas was for a prescription for glasses. I was 20 min late to my appt because I had a cardiology appt in the morning that went for way longer than I had expected butI was seen not even 10 min after I arrived. It was amazing. I also have an eye phobia so Dr.Pilavas distracted me enough with small talk to take my mind off foreign drops touching my eyes (which trust me...scares me/makes me nauseous even thinking about it). I'll certainly be frequenting this doctor for my yearly check ups!
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He was a great doctor who actually listens and cares. He comes highly recommend.
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Wonderful Doctor who took the time to address my concerns. Highly recommended!
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Wonderful!! He was excellent! Very professional and explains things very clear. Makes you feel very comfortable.
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Very professional and up front. Explained everything clearly and was very polite.
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Thorough and really nice!
More than 1 year ago
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