Vivek Chaturvedi, MD, FASRS

“Retina is a field where innovation is always taking place. I enjoy learning new things, and the opportunity to work with a broad range of patients from the young to the elderly. So many patients that I treat with retinal detachment and diabetes-related retinal disorders are working-age. They’re still trying to go about their lives. I enjoy the challenge of caring for them and helping them return to their daily activities.”

Vivek Chaturvedi, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of retina and macular diseases. He joined Illinois Retina Associates in July 2013. Prior to his appointment, he practiced with Retina Associates in Annapolis, MD.

A native of Fargo, ND, Dr. Chaturvedi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied philosophy and biology, earning summa cum laude honors. From the beginning, he was interested in the sense of sight, writing his philosophy thesis about peripheral vision and consciousness. Dr. Chaturvedi earned his medical degree with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Tufts-New England Eye Center in Boston, he performed a vitreo-retinal fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Illinois Retina Associates. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Chaturvedi has published scientific papers in leading academic specialty journals and has presented to his peers at national meetings on macular and retinal disorders. He holds memberships in several professional societies and organizations and has earned numerous awards throughout his medical training, including the OKAP Award from the New England Eye Center. Dr. Chaturvedi is on staff at several area hospitals and sees patients at Illinois Retina’s Lincoln Park and Loop office locations.

When he’s not seeing patients, Dr. Chaturvedi enjoys cooking, and writing poetry and prose. His creative works have been published on several websites and in print publications. During college and medical school, Dr. Chaturvedi was an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and served as captain of the Washington University in St. Louis Club Team. He and his wife, pediatric nephrologist Mahima Keswani, M.D., reside in Chicago.

Dr. Vivek Chaturvedi’s Patient Testimonial

Scientific Journals

  • Retina
  • Ophthalmology

Societies and Organizations

  •  American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • American Board of Ophthalmology


  • Retinal Specialist – Irwin Retina Center/ Ingalls Hospital
  • Retinal Specialist – Department of Ophthalmology/ Rush Medical College


  • Ophthalmology – Tufts-New England Eye Center, Boston

Medical School

  • M.D. – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine