Dr. Jack Cohen, MD

Dr. Jack Cohen, MD

Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
53 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Jack Cohen, MD is a vitreoretinal disease specialist in Skokie, IL and has been practicing for 22 years. He specializes in vitreoretinal disease & surgery and ophthalmology.Read his story

Illinois Retina Associates

4711 Golf Rd Ste 102

Skokie, IL 60076
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  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Cohen performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Eye Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Diabetic Retinopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Cohen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Cohen "The goal of patient therapy is kind and compassionate care." Jack Cohen, F.A.C.S., M.D., is a nationally recognized expert in the medical and surgical treatment of vitreoretinal disease and injury. He has special interest in treating macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinopathy of prematurity. What's more, Dr. Cohen is one of only a handful of retina specialists in the United States who has expertise in ocular oncology. In addition to his busy medical practice with Illinois Retina Associates, Dr. Cohen is Residency Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center. He has been educating residents for the last 21 years which keeps him current to the medical literature as well as the medical and surgical treatment of conditions. He also serves as Director of Ocular Oncology and as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He has been with Illinois Retina since 1996. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Dr. Cohen earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he was named valedictorian of his graduating class. Dr. Cohen performed an ophthalmology residency at Rush University Medical Center and went on to complete a fellowship in ocular oncology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Rush and Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Cohen's wide-ranging expertise in retinal care has also proven invaluable in the area of clinical research. He has participated in a number of major clinical trials related to age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Cohen is also a busy writer and lecturer. He has authored numerous articles for leadingscientific journals and has made dozens of presentations to his peers, fellows and residents. Dr. Cohen holds memberships in many professional organizations , and has achieved numerous awards and honors, including the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Chicago Ophthalmic Society and the Golden Apple Award from the Department of Ophthalmology from Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is on staff at several area hospitals and sees patients at Illinois Retina's Rush, Skokie and Harvey office locations. When he's not seeing patients, Dr. Cohen and his wife enjoy spending time with their family and are very involved in their children's education, activities and athletics. An avid runner, Dr. Cohen also enjoys playing in a men's basketball league.


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cohen "As retinal specialists, we are dedicated to the finest and most up to date care. We are on the cutting edge, involved in the latest clinical studies, and at the forefront of new developments and treatments for our patients. We can do so much to preserve and improve vision, a most cherished sense. Taking care of patients who have retinal problems and helping them to relieve their anxiety over the health of their eyes is very rewarding. "Every day we try to give the best care possible to our patients.""

2  Specialties

  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

78  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Melanoma
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Harada's Disease
  • Headache
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Migraine
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Telangiectasia
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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22  Procedures

  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diagnostic Angiography
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Macular Hole Surgery
  • Macular Pucker Surgery
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Plaque Radiation Therapy
  • Proton Therapy
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Retinal Testing
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Illinois, Urbana
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Rush University
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Il
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Rush University Medical Center-Dept Of Ophthalmology
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Rush University Medical Cntr-Depart Of Ophthalmology/Illinois Retina Associates
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • University Of California At San Francisco/Ocular Oncology
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cohen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cohen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cohen to family and friends
22 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (22)

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  • 3
  • 2
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Dr. Cohen's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

I am new to Dr. Cohen’s practice. I had an emergency with a problem with my eyes due to an elevated blood sugar level. I couldn’t see and Dr. Cohen’s receptionist made an Appointment for me to,see him right away. He examined my eyes and assured me that everything is fine and that my vision...more
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I can't imagine finding a better, more caring, or highly skilled doctor than Dr. Jack Cohen. From the first time we met, Dr. Cohen and his wonderful staff did everything they could to make me feel comfortable. Before surgery, he noted my concerns about types of anesthesia and my previous reactions...more
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Dr. Cohen diagnosed and surgically repaired left and right detached retinas for me - 5 months apart. Both surgeries were performed within hours of diagnosis.. Both involved minimal discomfort, excellent follow-up care, and FULL RECOVERY. Now, 10 months later, my vision is as good as any time in...more
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I was referred by my ophthalmologist and Dr. Cohen offered to see me the same day!! He is a retinal specialist with very sophisticated equipment and was able to determine my condition with a high degree of accuracy. Many Thanks to Dr. Cohen & his Staff!! Very Professional!
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The wait time was.... sigh. But it's OK because that shows that he spends quality time with each patient, including me. He is tops in my book and will highly recommend him to all who ask.
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