LASIK Specialists

Richard M. Davis, M.D.

Associate Professor


Education and Training:

Medical School:

Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University, 1982


Evanston Hospital, Northwestern University, 1983


University of Chicago, 1986


University of Oklahoma, the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, 1987

Special Interests:


Dr Davis's research interests are in the fields of dissemination and implementation research.  Specifically, his focus is on the community translation of evidence-based findings that improve health care practice and the health of adults with chronic diseases.  His research activity is in the field of diabetes in which he has received NIH (NIDDK) support to evaluate Telehealth as a means to conduct diabetes self-management training by expert providers for adults with diabetes in underserved communities.  Research findings have shown improvements in metabolic control and reduced cardiovascular risk as will as improved processes of care such as annual retinal assessments.

Recent work has been focused on applying disease management approaches to the management of Dry Eye Disease (DED).  In this setting, principles of self-management including goal setting, and social support may provide a novel approach for the management of DED.

Recently, Dr Davis was awarded a Center for Diabetes Translation Research along with Dr Michael Pignone, Division Chief of General Medicine, Department of Medicine. The main goal of this NIH-funded research infrastructure, one of seven funded Centers nationally, is to provide UNC researchers with research support that results in additional NIH awards, which demonstrate effective interventions that reduce health disparities and improve health.

Refractive Surgery

Dr Davis has performed numerous refractive surgery procedures since 1995, including the Phakic IOL surgery, Astigmatic keratotomy, LASIK and Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

He has authored numerous publications and has been funded by the NIH since 2004.  In addition, he was a thought leader for Bausch and Lomb, and has lectured widely.

Practice Philosophy:

To provide evidence-based care effectively, efficiently, and compassionately with a focus on the needs of both the patient and the referring physician.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis, please call 984-974-2020.