Dr. John Pollack, MD

Dr. John Pollack, MD

Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery  |  
Male  |  
54 y/o

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Dr. John Pollack, MD is a vitreoretinal disease & surgery doctor who practices in Hinsdale, IL. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Read his story

Illinois Retina Associates

12 Salt Creek Ln Ste 110

Hinsdale, IL 60521
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Macular Hole
very high
more than 95% of peers
Macular Edema
very high
more than 95% of peers
Retina Diseases
very high
more than 89% of peers

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Dr. Pollack's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pollack "Dr. Pollack is on the faculty of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been with Illinois Retina Associates since 1997. A native of Baltimore, Dr. Pollack developed an interest and passion for ophthalmology early on, inspired by his father, who was also an ophthalmologist. He received his undergraduate degree in biology at Washington University in St. Louis and completed his medical training at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pollack returned to St. Louis for his ophthalmology residency at Washington University's Barnes Hospital, followed by a retina-vitreous fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Pollack is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of retinal disease and is a sought-after speaker at national and international retina conferences. He has served as Director or invited faculty at over 100 scientific meetings and has delivered over 150 scientific presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has published over 45 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a scientific reviewer for 5 ophthalmology journals. Dr. Pollack has held a number of national leadership positions and received many honors. He is President-Elect of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) – the largest organization of retina specialists in the world. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the philanthropic arm of the ASRS - the "Foundation of the ASRS". Dr. Pollack serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness and is a past Board Member of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Pollack received the ASRS Senior Honor Award for his scientific and educational contributions and he is the recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" and "Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists" for many years and has been identified by Ocular Surgery News as one of "OSN Retina 150 Innovators in Medical and Surgical Retina". Dr. Pollack is founding Editor of the annual ASRS Preferences and Trends (PAT) Survey. Founded in 1999, the PAT Survey is the largest international survey of medical and surgical trends in retina and is referenced widely in scientific presentations and publications across the globe. Dr. Pollack's strong interest in bringing cutting edge research to his patients has led to his involvement in multiple major national research studies. He has served as Study Chairman, Principle Investigator, or Co-Investigator in over 15 clinical studies, His interests cover a variety of topics including suture-less retina surgery techniques, new treatments for macular degeneration, new surgical options for macular holes, injection therapy for macular edema, repair of complex retinal detachment, and new advances in the development of artificial vision."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pollack ""My passion is for providing patients with cutting edge retina care in a personalized and compassionate manner. Nothing is more rewarding than preserving the gift of sight. My goal is for patients to leave my office with a sense of hope and optimism, as well as a clear understanding of their retina disorder and its treatment options."

Dr. Pollack is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of retinal disease. He has served as Director or invited faculty at over 100 scientific meetings and has delivered over 145 scientific presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Pollack is President-Elect of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). He is recipient of the Sr. Honor Award from the ASRS for his scientific and educational contributions and is the recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" and "Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists" for many years."


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  • Vitreoretinal Disease & Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Vitreous Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Endophthalmitis
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Anterior Scleritis
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blindness
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • Chronic Endophthalmitis
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Hyphema
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  • Keratitis
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Macular Pucker
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pars Planitis
  • Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Ischemia
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Uveitis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Avastin® Injection
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Injection
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eylea® Injection
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lucentis® Injection
  • Macular Hole Surgery
  • Macular Pucker Surgery
  • Ocular Inflammation (Uveitis) Treatment
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Pneumatic Retinopexy
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Freezing (Cryopexy)
  • Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Retinal Testing
  • Retinal Thermal Laser Therapy
  • Scleral Buckling
  • Steroid Injection
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery


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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

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  • Washington University, St Louis
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Washington University, St. Louis/Ophthalmology
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Medical College Of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Pollack has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pollack's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pollack to family and friends
based on 10 total reviews (3 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (10)

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  • 3
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Dr. Pollack's Performance

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Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
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Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

in Joliet, IL |
Top notch doctor. I have been his patient for 11 years. I feel fortunate to have such a brilliant doctor available to me. In my times of need, he patiently explained all my options and I never felt rushed. He is also VERY good at injections into the eye and is able to minimize the pain as much...more
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in Downers Grove, IL |
Dr Pollack helped me through a detach retina...and gave me my sight back. He answered all my many questions and his steadiness and confidence helped me cope through a pretty tough situation. I will never forget how he met me on a Sunday in his office and completed a procedure after one of many...more
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Dr Pollack had to preform emergency surgery on my right eye when the retina detached in February 2015. I feel fortunate that he was the doctor that preformed the operation because he was able to save my vision. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. He's is very kind and patient when you...more
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Hospitals where Dr. Pollack has admitting privileges

Rush University Medical Center
1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612
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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
120 N Oak St
Hinsdale, IL 60521
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Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
333 North Madison Street
Joliet, IL 60435
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