James Katz, M.D.

"My philosophy is to treat the patient as well as their eyes. I like to understand the patient's lifestyle as well as their medical conditions, so when presenting management of their eye care, I take into consideration not only what is best medically for them but also how they manage it into their lifestyle."

"I like to understand the patient's lifestyle"

-Dr. James Katz

Dr. James Katz is one of the five board-certified ophthalmologists providing superior patient care at the Midwest Center for Sight. Dr. Katz is a cornea, cataract and laser eye surgery specialist who performs a range of refractive surgical procedures, including advanced LASIK, corneal transplants, DSEK, Intacs, and cataract surgery. In fact, he is a highly accomplished cataracts specialist who offers a full range of intraocular lens implants, including AcrySof ReSTOR, Toric, Visiogen Synchrony and Crystalens .

Dr. Katz is a graduate of the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center with his residency at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary. He completed a prestigious fellowship at Casebeer International Eye Center and the University of Utah Moran Eye Center.

Dr. Katz is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; the International Society of Refractive Surgery; the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology and the Chicago Ophthalmologic Society.

Dr. Katz's medical expertise is well-known outside of the Chicago area. Throughout his medical career, he has been regularly published in national and international ophthalmologic journals and is invited to speak at medical conferences all over the United States and the world including countries in Europe, Asia and South America. He helped build clinics and teach new procedures in Vietnam.

In addition to refractive surgical procedures, Dr. Katz also provides routine eye exams, preventive eye-care health, conducts studies and treats all medical eye conditions.

Post Graduate Training

Fellowship: University of Utah Moran Eye Center
Cornea, External Disease and Anterior Segment Surgery
Salt Lake City, Utah 1996

Casebeer International Eye Center
Refractive Surgery
Scottsdale, Arizona 1995

Residency: University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary
Chicago, Illinois

Internship: Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Transitional Medicine
Chicago, Illinois


Medical School:
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
M.D. 1987-91

University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
B.A. 1983-87

Positions Held

The Midwest Center for Sight
Des Plaines, Illinois

Honors & Awards

American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2013
University of Illinois Medical School Honors: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Pediatrics 1989-90
James Scholar in Independent Study 1988-91
Highest Distinctions in Academic Achievement, U. of Wisconsin 1987
Historical Studies Scholarship 1987
Golden Key National Honor Society 1987
University of Wisconsin Outstanding Ski Patroller 1985-86, 1986-87

Professional Societies

Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Society (CEDARS)
American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery (AECOS), Found Member
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
International Society of Refractive Surgery
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Illinois Association of Ophthalmology
Chicago Ophthalmological Society

Academic Appointments

Clinical Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 1995-96
Clinical Instructor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 1994-95
Chief Resident, West Side Veteran's Administration Hospital, Chicago, Illinois 1994

Professional Appointments

Scientific Advisory Board Member, True Vision 3D Surgical, 2014-present
Advisory Board Member, CheckedUp, 2013-present
Cassini Founder's Circle Advisory Board Member, i-Optics, 2013-present
Refractive Management/Intervention Panel Member, Preferred Practice Patterns Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2006-present
Chairman of Executive Committee, Golf Surgical Center, 2006-present
Associate Medical Director, CRS Clinical Research & Statistics, 2000-2002
Medical Director, Golf Laser Vision Center, 1999-present
Chief of Ophthalmology, Golf Surgical Center, 1999
Assistant Medical Director, Casebeer Educational Foundation, 1999-2002
Executive Committee Member, Golf Surgical Center, 1998-2005

Board Certification

Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1997
Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1992

Professional Certifications

AMO Verisyse Phakic Lens, April 2005
Alcon ReStor Multifocal Lens, April 2005
Staar Visian Phakic Lens, July 2004
Sunrise LTK, September 2000
Keravision Intacs, August 2000
VISX Excimer Laser, February 1996
Summit Excimer Laser, December 1995

Volunteer Organizations

2001-Present, Patrol Medical Advisor, National Ski Patrol
1994-95, VICTORS Committee (Veteran's Administration Visual Rehabilitation Program)
1993, Lions Club Glaucoma Screening Program
1992-1993, Michael Jordan Foundation, Fund-raising Volunteer
1991-95, National Ski Patrol, Lifetime Member

Research and Publications

Katz J: Studay of the Safety and Effectiveness of Photochemically Induced Collagen Cross-linking at an Irradiance of 18 mW/cm2 as constant beam or pulsed treatment in eyes with unstable corneas due to Keratoconus or Ectasia or Post-Incisional Refractive Surgery (CXL Continuous v. Pulsed). 2014-present. R & D, assisted in instrument prototype design of Wobble Phaco Tip, ASICO. 2013 Katz J: Clinical Evaluation of the True Vision 3D Visualization and Guidance System for Microsurgery: Toric Intraocular Lens Alignment Template. 2012-present Katz J: A Prospective Multicenter Clinical Trial of the PresVIEW Scleral Implant (PSI) for the Treatment of Presbyopia. 2012-present Katz J: Clinical Evaluation of ReSure Sealant for Sealing Corneal Incisions in Patients Undergoing Clear Corneal Cataract Surgery: A Pivotal Study. 2012 Katz J: Clinical Trial of DSAEK EndoSerter Corneal Endothelium Delivery Instrument, OSI. 2010 Katz, JA, Visiogen Accommodating IOL, SYNC-601-IOL Clinical Trial. (on going) Katz, JA. Prospective, Randomized Study Comparing the Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Nepafenac 0.1% to Diclofenac 0.1% Administered Postsurgically in Patients Undergoing Cataract Extraction. (in publication) Katz J, Dehning D, Zieske J.


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Des Plaines, IL 60016
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