A Passion For Research & Education
For any retinal clinic, the pursuit of knowledge is essential, as it allows us to stay informed and updated on the latest diagnostic and treatments. Illinois Retina physicians, technicians, and medical consultants are always working to maintain and improve their skills and experience in the latest retinal processes and technologies. Our physicians and surgeons are encouraged to follow their academic pursuits, having written, edited, and contributed to a library’s worth of industry textbooks and articles.
Our physicians regularly lead and participate in a variety of ongoing clinical trials for the treatment of vitreoretinal diseases. This has allowed us to work closely with pharmaceutical companies and healthcare organizations, to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments. Among the studies we currently participate in are those for diabetic macular edema (DME) and uveitis.
We have also found immeasurable success with our Retina Fellowship, which has helped us to train future Vitreoretinal Surgeons from around the globe. Our own IRA physicians — professors, associate and assistant professors, and lecturers themselves — provide the educational backbone of this program.
For young physicians, this Fellowship provides opportunities to experience clinical trials, one-on-one interaction with attending physicians, and surgical observation. Through our patients’ generosity, eligible students receive an academic scholarship.