Serge de Bustros, MD – Emeritus

Serge de Bustros, M.D., is a nationally recognized retina expert who has dedicated his career to treating patients and teaching future retina specialists. Dr. de Bustros serves as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center. He has been with Illinois Retina Associates since 1990.

While working on his medical degree at American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Dr. de Bustros at first considered a future in internal medicine and oncology. As his studies continued, he was drawn to a career in retina because it enabled him to work with his hands and produce more tangible results for his patients. Following an internal medicine internship at American University, he completed an ophthalmology residency and fellowships in medical and surgical retina at the famed Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center in Baltimore. He then joined the full-time faculty there, where he was appointed Assistant, then Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Eye Trauma Center. After a decade of training and teaching at one of the most prestigious ophthalmological institutions in the nation, Dr. de Bustros joined Illinois Retina Associates. He is also Medical Director of The Retina Center in Munster, Indiana. Dr. de Bustros is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

With his strong academic background, Dr. de Bustros has been committed to clinical research throughout his career. He has served as chairman, reviewer, principal investigator and co-investigator in numerous research projects and clinical trials through the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute and other organizations.

Dr. de Bustros has also been an active writer and advisor. He has authored or co-authored nearly 100 articles and abstracts in leading academic specialty journals, and has written chapters for more than a dozen textbooks. A recognized expert in the field of retina, Dr. de Bustros has served on a number of national committees, including the Advisory Board of the National Eye Trauma System and the Special Review Committee SRC-02 of the National Eye Institute, and is a scientific referee for several academic journals. He has been involved in the production of two scientific films and is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations such as the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society, the Retina Society and the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. de Bustros is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. de Bustros is on staff at several Chicago-area hospitals.  Dr. de Bustros retired on September 1, 2021.

Clinical Trials/Research Studies:

  • National Chairman, Vitrectomy for Prevention of Macular Hole Study
  • Principal Investigator, Cryotherapy for Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Co-investigator, Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study
  • Co-investigator, Eye Disorders Case Control Study
  • Co-investigator, Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)

Scientific Journals (Scientific Reviewer)

  • American Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology Retina
  • Retina

Societies and Organizations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society
  • Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • The Macula Society
  • The Retina Society
  • American Society of Retina Specialists


  • English
  • French


  • Retinal Specialist – The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital


  • Ophthalmology – The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital


  • Internal Medicine – American University of Beirut Hospital

Medical School

  • M.D. – American University of Beirut


  • B.S. – American University of Beirut