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Kirk Packo, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an internationally acclaimed vitreoretinal surgeon, educator, researcher and inventor of several surgical instruments. Dr. Packo is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he also serves as Director of the Retina Section and cofounder of the medical center's Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Packo is a senior partner with Illinois Retina Associates. Dr. Packo's interest in medicine began in childhood. With a father who was a professional photographer, Dr. Packo spent countless hours playing with cameras, working in his father's darkroom and appreciating the visual aspect of life. Naturally, his medical focus turned to ophthalmology. After completing his undergraduate degree in pre-medicine, and speech and drama at Notre Dame University, and medical school at St. Louis University, Dr. Packo graduated from the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary residency program. He completed his fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta and then returned as chief resident of the Eye Service. Dr. Packo is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He joined Illinois Retina Associates in 1985. Dr. Packo is a dedicated researcher and has participated in numerous national research studies and clinical trials. His major research interests are in complex retinal surgery and instrument development. In fact, Dr. Packo has invented more than 25 surgical instruments, holds two U.S. patents and collaborated on the development of the Artificial Silicon Retina. He sits on the advisory boards of several of the top manufacturers of retinal surgery instrumentation. Since joining Illinois Retina, Dr. Packo has become one of the most sought-after lecturers in the field. He has delivered more than 1,000 individual presentations in 20 countries. No other retinal specialist in the world has delivered so many presentations nor has been in such demand as an innovative thought leader and educator. Locally, he has trained numerous retinal fellows at Rush University Medical Center. In fact, his teaching prowess has earned him a number of education awards, including the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, numerous local and international "Golden Apple" awards, and membership in the elite Lepper Society of Teachers. Dr. Packo is also a busy writer and has written more than 100 articles that have appeared in numerous specialty journals, as well as book chapters and abstracts. In addition, he founded the journal The Retina Times and has produced over 20 award-winning medical films. Dr. Packo holds leadership roles in numerous national and international societies and organizations, most notably the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), the largest retinal society in the world, which he has served as board member since 1992 and as President from 2000-2002. He also holds membership in the Retina Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Chicago Ophthalmologic Society, which he has served as President. He is consistently listed in the Best Doctors in America, America's Top Ophthalmologists, and Best Doctors in Chicago. Dr. Packo has been recognized as one of the top retinal specialists in the world with the receipt of several elite international awards for contributions to the science of retina. In 2007, the ASRS bestowed Dr. Packo its highest award with the Founders Award, joining a short list of some of the most respected retinal specialists in the field in recognition of his leadership and world-wide educational efforts. In 2009, Dr. Packo became one of the first Americans to be honored with the top award of the European Vitreous Society, the Relja Zivojnovic Award, for outstanding lifetime worldwide contributions to the field of vitreoretinal surgery. No other retinal specialist has ever been recognized with both of these awards. Dr. Packo is on staff at several a
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71 W 156th St Ste 400, Harvey, IL, 60426
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Illinois Retina Associates SC
71 W 156th St Ste 400
Harvey, IL, 60426


Illinois Retina Associates Sc
71 W 156th St Ste 400
Harvey, IL, 60426
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thu8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
1725 W Harrison St Ste 906
Chicago, IL, 60612
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tue8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wed8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fri8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Illinois Retina Associates Sc
1725 W Harrison St Ste 915
Chicago, IL, 60612
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tue8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wed8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thu8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fri8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
1725 W Harrison St Ste 918
Chicago, IL, 60612
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicare Accepted
  • Medicaid Accepted
Uchicago Medicine At Ingalls Outpatient Center Harvey
71 W 156th St
Harvey, IL, 60426




Medical School
St Louis University School Of Medicine
Graduated 1979
Emory University School Of Medicine
University Of Illinois College Of Medicine


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