John D Pemberton

John D Pemberton

Associate Professor
Ophthalmic Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Dr. John D. Pemberton is an associate professor of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, specializing in plastic surgery of the eyelids, orbital masses, orbital reconstruction, tear drainage repair and other surgeries of the structures surrounding the eye.     He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and his doctorate in medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in San Francisco, California.  He completed a residency in ophthalmology and was the chief resident at West Virginia University.  He specialized further, accomplishing a 15 month fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the Beraja Medical Institute in Miami, Florida, and another 15 month fellowship in oculoplastic and orbital reconstructive surgery at the renowned Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts.  While there he saw patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital; all teaching hospitals for the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pemberton has been in the military since 1989; with over 22 years of service.   He started his military career as a combat medic which segued naturally into a career in medicine.   In 2002, after completing internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, he was assigned as a flight surgeon for the 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Hood, Texas, a famous U.S. Army unit with historic members such Colonel Custer and Colonel Moore.   He remained with this unit from 2002 thru 2005, 13 months of which included a tour in Iraq.  He received the Bronze Star Combat Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Golden Spurs Award, and the Iraqi Expeditionary Medal for his service.

Research interest:

Dr. John D. Pemberton is interested in the fields of Clinical and Surgical Ceroplastics in scope and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.