Meet Dr. Pillar

Dr. Angelique Pillar, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She offers our patients in Columbia, Frederick and Towson expertise in the most modern methods of diagnosis and treatments in cornea, external disease, refractive and complex cataract surgery.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she attended Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Maryland where she was elected Chief Resident and voted Outstanding Resident in Ophthalmology. She studied cutting edge corneal and refractive surgery at the world famous Cleveland Clinic and brings her skills back to our patients in Maryland.

As Director of Research, Dr. Pillar has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on cornea and refractive surgery. She has been awarded grants to present the results of her research at multiple national scientific meetings. Dr. Pillar is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society. Her current research interests include extending tissue utilization in endothelial keratoplasty, new technology for dry eye, and improving quality of laser vision correction.

Dr. Pillar loves living in Ellicott City for its great schools and activities for young families. She is an accomplished pianist and holds a black belt in karate.  In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, running, and cooking Thai and Turkish cuisine with her husband and very hungry young son. She looks forward to providing you with the highest quality medical and surgical eye care in the Baltimore region. 

 I enjoy ophthalmology because it is a field in constant change.  It is very satisfying to develop new technology and surgery that has a direct benefit on patient’s quality of life.  I experience great joy watching my son grow and feel everyone deserves to enjoy their sight to the fullest.” - Dr. Pillar


  • GBMC – Towson Office
  • Columbia Office - Dr. Pillar will be offering our patients a new convenient location
  • Frederick Office- Dr. Pillar sees patients at our Frederick location, 5205 Charimans Ct Suite 202, Frederick, MD


  • 2014 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO): “Choroidal Vessel Cross-Sectional Area Before and After Trabeculectomy”
  • 2015 Fall Educational Symposium, Cornea Society and Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO): “Time Between Tissue Preparation and Use On Endothelial Cell Viability in Endothelial Keratoplasty”
  • 2016 Cleveland Ophthalmologic Society (COS): “Corneal Trauma & Corneal Transplants”
  • 2016 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS): “Quality of Life and Satisfaction Among Physicians After Femtosecond Laser Vision Correction”
  • 2016 ARBO-COPE Course. Cross-Linking Trends and Treatments
  • 2017. PSS EyeCare COPE Lecture. "Updates on Keratoplasty."


  • Saeedi O, Pillar A, Jefferys J, Arora K, Friedman D, Quigley H. Change in choroidal thickness and axial length with change in intraocular pressure after trabeculectomy. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 2014 Jul;98(7):976-9.
  • Pillar AJ, Richa DC.  Treatment options for thyroid eye disease.  Current Treatment Options in Neurology. 2014 Aug;16(8):303.
  • Pillar A, Munir, WM. Post-keratorefractive surgery infections: management strategies. Current Ophthalmology Reports. 2015 Sept;3(3):139-146.
  • Pillar A, Krueger R. Advances in Refractive Surgery: June 2014 to July 2015. Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology. 2016 May;5(3):212–222.
  • Pillar A, Jeng BH, Munir WM. Positive End-Expiratory Pressure as a Risk Factor for Severe Positive Vitreous Pressure During Combined Penetrating Keratoplasty and Cataract Extraction. Cornea. 2016 Jul 20. 
  • Zhang X, Cole E, Pillar A et al. The Effect of Change in Intraocular Pressure on Choroidal Structure in Glaucomatous Eyes. Invest Opthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Jun 1;58.



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