Dr. Damon Pettinelli, M.D.

Meet Dr. Damon Pettinelli, M.D. an independent laser eye surgeon at The LASIK Vision Institute.

Dr. Pettinelli is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who is considered by his peers to be a leader in laser vision correction.  In his 20 years of professional experience, Dr. Pettinelli has performed over 36,000 ocular surgeries including Lasik, PRK, cataract, glaucoma and corneal transplantation procedures, with over 25,000 of those surgeries being Lasik or PRK.  He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Greater New York in New York City.  Moreover, he is on the attending staff of the Lenox Hill Hospital & the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute.


Dr. Damon Pettinelli obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he double majored in Philosophy & Biology and minored in Chemistry. He then went on to receive his MD from Temple University School of Medicine. Next, he completed his Residency in Ophthalmology from the prestigious New York University School of Medicine & the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute.  Finally, he completed his Fellowship in Cornea & Refractive Surgery (Lasik) at the world-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following the completion of his training, he was invited to join the academic faculty of both Johns Hopkins, as an Instructor, and NYU, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Pettinelli has received numerous distinctions over the years.  His research has been published in major academic journals, and he has given numerous presentations on the subjects of Lasik, cataract and corneal transplantation surgery at ophthalmology conferences including the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology and the New York Academy of Medicine.  While teaching the Johns Hopkins ophthalmology residents at their clinical affiliate, The Greater Baltimore Medical Center, he was voted their 2005-2006 Teacher of Year.  In addition, Long Island Magazine named him Top Doc in eye care for both 2008 & 2009.  Finally, from 2011 to the present, Dr. Pettinelli has been qualified and listed at Trusted Lasik Surgeons, an online directory of LASIK and cataract surgeons that screens all members based on experience, patient care, and professional credentials.


  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • Bronx Medical Society
  • New York Medical Society