Zac B. Ravage, MD, FASRS

“I find the visual system fascinating. Ophthalmology blends medicine and surgery, and is a field where we can make a real difference in the lives of our patients.”

Zac B. Ravage, MD, is an expert in the medical and surgical treatment of retinal disease and injury, with particular expertise in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, epiretinal membranes, macular holes and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Ravage is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He joined Illinois Retina Associates in 2007.

A native of New York, Dr. Ravage graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in biology and cultural anthropology. He earned his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel and performed an ophthalmology residency at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ravage completed his fellowship in vitreo-retinal medicine and surgery at Illinois Retina Associates and Rush University Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

A dedicated clinical researcher, Dr. Ravage has been involved in a number of clinical trials, including those involving treatments for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He has written several articles that have appeared in academic specialty journals. Dr. Ravage also has presented at international ophthalmology conferences on such topics as the efficacy of emerging therapies for neovascular AMD.  He is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations. Dr. Ravage is on staff at several area hospitals and sees patients at Illinois Retina’s Skokie and Libertyville office locations.

Dr. Ravage’s background in cultural anthropology has led him to pursue an interest in international medicine. He has traveled overseas to remote regions of the Himalayas, where he has volunteered his expertise as both an ophthalmologist and clinical instructor.

In his spare time, Dr. Ravage enjoys running and participates in local races. A sports enthusiast, he follows professional and college teams, especially his alma mater – University of Michigan football. He is also a music aficionado and enjoys Chicago jazz.

Zac B. Ravage’s Patient Testimonial

Clinical Trials/Research Studies

  • Investigator, Rifampin for Treatment of Chronic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Investigator, Microplasmin Intravitreal Injection for Non-Surgical Treatment of Focal Vitreomacular Adhesion
  • Investigator, Prompt Panretinal Photocoagulation  versus Intravitreal Ranibizumab with Deferred Panretinal  Photocoagulation for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Investigator, A Comparative Effectiveness Study of Intravitreal Aflibercept, Bevacizumab and Ranibizumab for Diabetic Macular Edema

Scientific Journals

  • Retina
  • Retinal Cases and Brief Reports
  • Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Cornea

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 – Case Western Reserve University / University Hospitals of Cleveland


  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare

Medical School

  • M.D. – Sackler School of Medicine