Pete Setabutr, MD

Pete Setabutr, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery Service
Director, Millennium Park Eye Center

Mailing Address:
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648
Chicago, IL 60612

Sees patients at:
Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery Service
Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor Street, Suite 3.158
Clinic Phone: (312) 996-9120

Millennium Park Eye Center
30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 410
Phone: (312) 996-2020

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Dr. Setabutr is a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive oculofacial surgery. He is one of only 500 surgeons worldwide to have completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) approved fellowship. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and has a strong interest in clinical research and teaching. His clinical research focuses on disease of the eyelids and orbit. He is exploring innovative procedures to guide surgeons in rejuvenating the eyelids. Dr. Setabutr joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary faculty in 2009.

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BS—University of Texas at Austin
MD—University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Residency—University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Fellowship in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America, 2012 - 2014 
The President's Volunteer Service Award, President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, 2009
Fellow of the Year, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2008

Recent Publications

Lim JM, Bang GM, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Setabutr P. Successful müller muscle-conjunctiva resection in patients with Boston keratoprosthesis type I. Cornea. 2014 Mar;33(3):240-2. doi: 10.1097/ ICO.0000000000000043. PubMed PMID: 24326330.

Patel RM, Aakalu VK, Joe S, Setabutr P. An abscess causing a delayed optic neuropathy after decompression for thyroid eye disease. Orbit. 2014 Feb;33(1):65-7. doi: 10.3109/01676830.2013.842256. Epub 2013 Oct 21. PubMed PMID: 24144317.

Wallace KM, Alaraj A, Aakalu VK, Aletich V, Setabutr P. Endovascular Preoperative Embolization of Orbital Hemangiopericytoma With n-Butyl Cyanoacrylate Glue. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24317100.

Sivaraman KR, Aakalu VK, Sajja K, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Setabutr P. Use of a porous polyethylene lid spacer for management of eyelid retraction in patients  with Boston type II keratoprosthesis. Orbit. 2013 Aug;32(4):247-9. doi:10.3109/01676830.2013.788664. Epub 2013 May 10. PubMed PMID: 23663113.

Lim JM, Hou JH, Singa RM, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. Relative incidence of blepharoptosis subtypes in an oculoplastics practice at a tertiary care center. Orbit. 2013 Aug;32(4):231-4. doi: 10.3109/01676830.2013.788673. Epub 2013 May 10. PubMed PMID: 23662688.

Kang JJ, Aakalu VK, Lin A, Setabutr P. Orbital Granuloma Annulare as Presentation of Systemic Sarcoidosis. Orbit. 2013 Jul 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23895369.

Shah RD, Singa RM, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. Evisceration and enucleation: a national survey of practice patterns in the United States. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2012 Sep-Oct;43(5):425-30. doi: 10.3928/ 15428877-20120725-01. PubMed PMID: 22978523.

Hou JH, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. Quantitative characterization of growth rate of an incidental deep dermoid cyst in a child using sequential magnetic resonance imaging. J AAPOS. 2012 Aug;16(4):403-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2012.04.007. PubMed PMID: 22929455.

Baker MS, Krakauer M, Gupta S, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS, Kitzmann AS, Goins KM, Allen RC, Setabutr P. Eyelid procedures in patients who have undergone Boston keratoprosthesis surgery. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jul-Aug;28(4):286-8. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e31825b648e. PubMed PMID: 22689137.

Vasaiwala R, Sajja K, Setabutr P. Novel management of the microphthalmic orbit in a patient with PHACE syndrome. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Nov-Dec;27(6):e156-8. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e318208319d. PubMed PMID: 21629142.

Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. Current ptosis management: a national survey of ASOPRS members. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jul-Aug;27(4):270-6. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e31820ccce1. PubMed PMID: 21346664.

Marcet MM, Setabutr P, Lemke BN, Collins ME, Fleming JC, Wesley RE, Pinto JM, Putterman AM. Surgical microanatomy of the müller muscle-conjunctival resection ptosis procedure. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Sep-Oct;26(5):360-4. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e3181cb79a2. PubMed PMID: 20622700.

Sepahdari AR, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P, Shiehmorteza M, Naheedy JH, Mafee MF. Indeterminate orbital masses: restricted diffusion at MR imaging with echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging predicts malignancy. Radiology. 2010 Aug;256(2):554-64. doi: 10.1148/radiol.10091956. PubMed PMID: 20656840.

Bang GM, Setabutr P. Periocular capillary hemangiomas: indications and options for treatment. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2010 Apr;17(2):121-8. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.63071. PubMed PMID: 20616917; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2892126.

Chow CC, Kapur R, Wood MG, Setabutr P, Tu EY. Septo-optic dysplasia with bilateral congenital corneal anesthesia. J AAPOS. 2009 Oct;13(5):494-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2009.08.010. PubMed PMID: 19840731.

Kapur R, Sepahdari AR, Mafee MF, Putterman AM, Aakalu V, Wendel LJ, Setabutr P. MR imaging of orbital inflammatory syndrome, orbital cellulitis, and orbital lymphoid lesions: the role of diffusion-weighted imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol.  2009 Jan;30(1):64-70. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A1315. Epub 2008 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 18842758; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3690287.

Kapur R, Putterman AM, Setabutr P, Roberson D. An alternative approach to managing electrocautery smoke particles during oculofacial plastic procedures. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 May-Jun;24(3):248-9. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0b013e318172b4b4. PubMed PMID: 18520860.