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Ahmed Abdelsalam, MD, FACS

Dr. Abdelsalam specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina.

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Wendewessen Amde, MD

Dr. Amde specializes in management of medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina. His expertise includes the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simple and complex retinal detachment repair, surgical removal of epiretinal membranes, and the surgical management of complex trauma cases.

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Elizabeth Appel, OD

Dr. Appel graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Abigail Barnes, OD

Dr. Barnes is a licensed optometrist and member of the Illinois Optometric Association, the West Suburban Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.

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Herbert Becker, MD

Dr. Herbert Becker is board certified in ophthalmology. He attended the Pacific Lutheran College in Washington where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree and completed medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Jason Brand, OD

Dr. Jason E. Brand graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2002. During that time he completed externships at the prestigious Hudson Valley VA Hospital in Montrose, NY as well as the Saint James Hospital in Olympia Fields, IL and the Wellington Eye Center in Goshen, IN.

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William Brand, OD

Dr. Brand is an optometrist who has been in private practice for over 40 years. He specializes in family vision care, contact lens care, medical treatment of eye conditions and LASIK surgery.

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John Choi, MD

With almost 20 years of clinical experience in ophthalmology and oculofacial plastic surgery, Dr. John Choi specializes in treating patients with dry eyes, tearing problems, eye-surface diseases, and eyelid problems including lesions, lashes, droopy appearance, traumas, scars, wrinkles, etc.

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Mircea Coca, MD, PhD, Vitreoretinal Fellow

Dr. Coca completed his undergraduate education at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, Romania, graduating with a thesis in Theoretical Particle Physics. He is now proudly a Vitreoretinal Fellow with our Vitreoretinal Fellowship program.

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Whitney Hawkins, AUD

Dr. Whitney Hawkins received her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders in 2008 from Northern Illinois University, followed by her Doctorate of Audiology degree in 2012.

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Matthew Johnson, MD

Dr. Matthew Johnson is a board certified ophthalmologist. He attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance.

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Daniel Kurtzman, MD

Dr. Daniel Kurtzman is a board certified otolaryngologist. He attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor of Science and completed medical school. He completed a one-year internship and his residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.

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Milap Mehta, MD

Dr. Mehta is a board certified ophthalmologist with extensive sub-specialty training in oculoplastic surgery and facial plastic surgery.

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Dzejna Mezbur, OD

Dr. Dzejna Mezbur is a licensed optometrist and member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

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Robert Pearlman, MD

Dr. Pearlman specializes in medical and surgical diseases of the vitreous and retina. His expertise includes the treatment of both macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, simple and complex retinal detachment repair, macular hole repair, surgical removal of epiretinal membranes, and the surgical management of trauma.

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Sanjay Rao, MD

Dr. Rao has clinical expertise in the diseases of the cornea, LASIK surgery, cataracts and corneal transplants. He also specializes in Blade-Free laser cataract surgery using advanced technology lenses, and Blade-Free LASIK surgery using the WaveLight® laser technology.

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Jon Russell, OD

Dr. Jon Russell is a St. Louis native that graduated magna cum laude from Northeast Missouri State University in 1977, and then earned his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1981 from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

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Emily Topi, OD

Emily Topi, OD provides primary eye care for patients of all ages, with special interests in ocular disease, pediatric optometry, and co-management of ocular surgery.

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