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Balaji K. Gupta, MD

Dr. Gupta

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and even as early as the second grade, I wanted to be a surgeon. My Chicago roots began when I entered the combined medical program at Northwestern University. As a medical student, I was drawn to eye surgery. I think it was related to my hobby as a photographer. I even had a darkroom in high school. Becoming an eye doctor was a natural fit.
After completing my residency in Ophthalmic Surgery at the University of Illinois, I proudly served as a Major in the United States Air Force at Scott AFB in southern Illinois. It was an honor to perform surgery on pilots, retirees, and dependents. Afterwards, I had additional training in eye muscle surgery and pediatric eye disease at the University of Michigan. This led me to an assistant professorship at the Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Teaching student doctors brings its own rewards. For many years, I also served as part time faculty at the University of Chicago as well as Loyola University.
I am currently the president of the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. My past honors include National Merit Scholar, AOA medical school academic society, Senior Resident of the Year for ophthalmology, and the Golden Apple Award for best teacher.


  • Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University
  • Doctor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Internship, Michael Reese Medical Center
  • Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Illinois at Chicago Eye Center
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center

Certification and Licensure

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Illinois Medical License

Military Service

  • Major, United States Air Force
  • Honorable discharge

Academic Appointment

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Chicago

Hospital Affiliations

  • Elmhurst Outpatient Surgical Center
  • Midwest Center for Day Surgery
  • Hinsdale Surgical Center
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
  • Adventist Glen Oaks Hospital

Professional Organization Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons


  • Gold Apple Award for excellence in resident teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago Eye Center
  • Senior Resident Clinician of the Year, University of Illinois at Chicago Eye Center
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society - Graduated with Distinction, Northwestern University Medical School
  • Honors Program in Medical Education, Northwestern University Medical School
  • National Merit Scholar

Major Publications

  • Gupta BK. Monofixation Syndrome. eMedicine from WebMD. Updated February 17, 2010. Available at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1199953-overview
  • Gupta B, Paliga J, Laderman D, Szlyk J. The Effect of occlusive patching on visually-directed Tasks. J AAPOS 2005;9:485-492
  • Kim YM, Gupta BK. 2-Octyl cyanoacrylate adhesive for conjunctival wound closure in rabbits. J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus 2003;40:152-155
  • Gupta BK, Edward D, Duffy MT. 2-Octyl cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive and muscle attachment to porous anophthalmic orbital implants. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2001; 17:264-269
  • Carrasquillo AM, Gupta BK, Wilensky JT. Recurrent hyphema in an aphakic child: Swan syndrome. J AAPOS 2001; 5:55-57
  • Gupta B, Agarwala A, Moy JJ, Edward DP. The effects of subconjunctival Verapamil on filtering blebs in rabbits. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers 1996; 27:378-383


  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Strabismus surgery
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Oculoplastics
  • Botox injections and dermal fillers
  • Cataract surgery
  • Presbyopia correction
  • Glaucoma surgery
  • Eye laser surgery
  • Laser-assisted cataract surgery (Catalys)
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