John S. Pollack, MD

John S. Pollack, MD

(815) 744-7515 (Office)
(630) 789-5700 (Office)

12 Salt Creek Lane
Suite 110

Hinsdale, IL 60521 , US map

Education and training

Retinal fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Ophthalmology, Milwaukee, WI
Ophthalmology residency
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO


A native of Baltimore, Dr. Pollack developed an interest and passion for ophthalmology early on, inspired by his father, who was a glaucoma specialist. 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. He has been with Illinois Retina Associates since 1997.

Dr. Pollack is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of retinal disease and is a frequent speaker at national and international retina conferences. He has served as Director or invited faculty at over 100 scientific meetings and he has delivered over 150 scientific presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

His 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 including LADDER, NT503-3, DRCR, READ-2, READ-3, CATT, SCORE, CRAVE and ISIS. He has published over 45 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a scientific reviewer for 5 ophthalmology journals. His interests cover a variety of topics including suture-less surgery techniques, new treatments for macular degeneration, new surgical options for macular holes, injection therapy for macular edema, macular OCT, repair of complex retinal detachment, and new advances in the development of artificial vision.

Dr. Pollack has held a number of national leadership positions and received many honors. He is currently President-Elect and Scientific Program Chair of American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) – the largest organization of retina specialists in the world. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Foundation of the ASRS and the Board of Directors for the Illinois Society for Prevention of Blindness. Dr. Pollack is the 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. Dr. Pollack is co-founder of the annual ASRS Preferences and Trends Survey, an international survey of medical and surgical trends in retina. He has been selected as one of the Ocular Surgery News Retina 150 Innovators in Medical and Surgical Retina.

Dr. Pollack also has an interest in developing entrepreneurial ventures that fill unmet needs in healthcare. He has co-founded three medical companies, Vestrum Health, Covalent Medical, and Clarus Acuity Group, with the goal of helping physicians maximize the value of their expertise to benefit their patients and their practices.

Academic appointments

  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
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