Dr. Mark Whitten, MD

Dr. Mark Whitten, MD

Cornea & Refractive Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Mark Whitten, MD is a cornea & refractive surgery specialist in Chevy Chase, MD and has been practicing for 41 years. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine in 1977 and specializes in cornea & refractive surgery, ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

5454 Wisconsin Ave

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Contact Information

(301) 825-5755

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
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Cataract Removal Surgery
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more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Whitten's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Whitten "ReNEW Your Vision at Whitten Laser Eye! Imagine vision like you used to have. Or, imagine having the best vision of your life. At Whitten Laser Eye, it's all possible. Dr. Whitten uses the latest advanced technologies, alone or in combination, to personalize an approach for you and your unique vision goals. Now you can see clearly into the distance, read a book, send a text or look at a computer screen…all without glasses or contacts. From 18 to 80 , we offer a lifetime of great vision correction choices to ReNEW Your Vision! Experience Matters! Dr. Whitten has over 30 years of experience and is 1 of only 3 surgeons in the country to have performed over 150,000 laser vision correction procedures. A Vision Pioneer Dr. Whitten was one of the first surgeons in the country to perform the groundbreaking LASIK procedure. He was also the first surgeon in the Washington DC area to perform the latest procedure for Reading Vision correction. Highest Quality Surgical Team Our highly experienced technical staff has been with Dr. Whitten since he began performing vision correction procedures. Dr. Whitten meets personally with patients prior to surgery to determine their vision needs. Every patient receives personalized quality of care. Happy patients are the goal every day!"


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Whitten "Many of my patient reviews comment specifically on the care and attention they received in my offices, from me and all of my staff.  I am very proud of that.  And also the time spent to make certain all patient questions and concerns are addressed fully.  Our biggest source of new patients over the years has always been from current patient referrals...referring family, friends and co-workers.  That says a lot.

We value the relationships we build with our patients.

Patients meet and spend time personally with me prior to surgery, which is not always the case in other practices.

Sometimes patients are not good candidates for surgery.  Why is this important?  Because before performing any surgical procedure, we want each patient to have the best chance at the best visual outcome.  We are thorough in our testing and recommendations."


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  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated



Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Maryland.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Virginia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Riverside Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Washington Hospital Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Whitten has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Whitten's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Whitten to family and friends
based on 19 total reviews (12 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (19)

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Dr. Whitten's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

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Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Whitten Says:

Why your patient feedback and reviews are important:

This information helps us to maintain the exceptional level of care we offer our patients.  Information is used to continuously improve our service and care.

It is also a very important educational tool for new patients.  They use your reviews to help evaluate their eye care surgeon...a very important decision.

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Patient Comments (12)

in California, MD
Dr. Whitten was very knowledgeable and friendly! He talked me through every step of the lasik eye surgery and before I knew it, we were done. It only took a few minutes! All of the staff are very pleasant and professional, not a single bad thing to say.
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in Waldorf, MD
Since I had my surgery my vision is great! It's wonderful to be able to see without glasses or contacts.
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in Waldorf, MD
All went as scheduled. By the next day, I could read all except the bottom line of the eye chart. Prior to the surgery, I couldn't see the top line without my glasses. I did not get the raindrop procedure but rarely need to wear reading glasses, and I am using the lowest strength. I am very happy...more
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in Newburg, MD
Dr. Whitten and his staff are great. I felt very comfortable with him and felt like I was in good hands. He has such a great bedside manner. My procedure was so quick and I had very little discomfort afterwards. I would definitely recommend Dr. Whitten to anyone thinking of getting Lasik.
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in Richmond, VA
The whole staff was cordial, polite, caring and understanding of my concerns. Wish I would of done this long time ago!!
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