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Dr. Mark Lobanoff - A Minneapolis LASIK Surgeon in the Making

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OVO LASIK + LENS BLOG
November 2021
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A MINNEAPOLIS LASIK SURGEON IN THE MAKING
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A story about THE LIFE LONG JOURNEY OF HOW DR. Lobanoff’S RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF IMPROVING THE WELLBEING OF HIS PATIENTS.

THE BEGINNINGS

From an early age I knew I wanted to be a physician, but it took a number of years and a variety of life experiences to finally decide upon ophthalmology and eventually a sub-specialization in refractive surgery.


In high school I volunteered in the ER at a local hospital. It was here that I really felt that I had found my calling to become a doctor. In the ER one really gains an appreciation for the full spectrum of illness, injury and disease that affects humanity. From the mundane cases of an ingrown toenail to the horrific bloody gore of a severe accident victim, the ER docs kept their cool and used their experience and training to help each and every patient. I was hooked.  Helping to improve the wellbeing of patients was difficult but meaningful and rewarding work.  It was then that I set myself on the long arduous pathway of becoming an MD.


I spent my undergraduate years at Duke University.  Duke was an incredible place, offering world-class professors and ample opportunities for research. Medical schools require rigorous undergraduate backgrounds in biology, chemistry, and physics. I love to read and study so this was actually attractive to me. But there is some “wiggle room” when choosing your science classes. Duke had a marine biology lab located on the coast of North Carolina. Growing up in the Midwest I had always dreamed of living by the ocean, so I seized my chance and declared a major in marine biology. Among the sandy dunes of Beaufort, North Carolina on tiny Pivers Island I trudged through mud flats collecting blue crabs, dove in the waves to harvest muscles, worked on octopus neural regeneration research and lived aboard a research vessel collecting deep ocean sediment cores.  

Here I got to eat, live and breathe science and see how what I was learning in the textbooks could be practically applied in the real world.


In your third year of college, one must take the dreaded MCAT exam. This is a massive test and the score determines if you will get accepted to medical school or be rejected. High stakes.  Fortunately, I did well and with strong grades and a good interview I was accepted into my home state’s top medical school, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


The University of Michigan Medical School  is considered to be one of the top medical schools in the country. The first two years are spent studying massive amounts of medical “book” knowledge. Biochemistry, anatomy, human physiology, genetics, pharmacology. The list was extensive. Every waking moment was spent in class or the library learning the bedrock of medical knowledge that the second phase of medical school is later built upon. Then in your third and fourth years you are sent into the hospitals and clinics to learn the art and practice of medicine. It is a humbling experience. After six years of intense scientific study, you feel that you know nothing. Nights on call and seven-day work weeks physically and mentally break you down. You constantly feel out of place and way out of your depth. Life and death decisions happen around you with incredible speed. It is terrifying; you constantly fear you will mess up and make a mistake. Often you do, though thankfully you have residents and attendings to correct you and teach you the right way. Slowly, inexplicably, you learn and grow and adapt. You become hardened, seasoned, wiser.  By the end of the fourth year as you graduate you finally feel like a “real” doctor, you feel you have earned your white coat.  


It was during one of my clinical rotations in my third year of medical school that I realized I wanted to be an ophthalmologist.  While rotating through ophthalmology I was allowed to watch a cataract surgery. I had seen the patient with the resident in clinic the week before. Her vision was very limited, she couldn’t even see the “big E” on the acuity chart. The lens in her eye had turned milky white – a cataract. During a 20-minute painless surgery the ophthalmologist carefully used concentrated ultrasonic energy to liquify and remove the cloudy lens. Then an artificial lens, known as an IOL, was skillfully implanted into the eye. The next day in clinic was memorable. The woman was crying, not in pain, but tears of joy. She could see! Without glasses she gleefully read line after line on the chart. The eye surgeon had restored her world. To this day, it remains one of the most amazing things I have seen in medicine. I knew at that moment that I would choose ophthalmology and vision correction as my specialty.

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MELLISA P. / Google Reviews

“I was referred to Dr. Lobanoff by another LASIK specialist who said he would be the best to handle my high correction. I’m so glad I was connected to him - Dr. Lobanoff was very informative, friendly, and made the whole process comfortable.“

JENNIFER P. / Google Reviews

“Extremely happy with my LASIK! Dr. Lobanoff made me feel very comfortable and made sure I understood what to expect. Very professional, very friendly.”

NICK B. / Google Reviews

“Dr. Lobanoff was very professional and explained everything that was going to happen during my procedure very accurately. I will be recommending him to all of my friends.”

MELLISA P. / Google Reviews

“I was referred to Dr. Lobanoff by another LASIK specialist who said he would be the best to handle my high correction. I’m so glad I was connected to him - Dr. Lobanoff was very informative, friendly, and made the whole process comfortable.“

JENNIFER P. / Google Reviews

“Extremely happy with my LASIK! Dr. Lobanoff made me feel very comfortable and made sure I understood what to expect. Very professional, very friendly.”

NICK B. / Google Reviews

“Dr. Lobanoff was very professional and explained everything that was going to happen during my procedure very accurately. I will be recommending him to all of my friends.”

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