Research Faculty

Michael J. Heiferman, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Retina Service; Associate Residency Program Director University of Illinois College of MedicineDepartment of Ophthalmology
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Biographical Info

Sees Patients at:
Specialty Care Building (SCB)
Retina Service
1009 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612

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Jesse Brown VA (JBVA) Medical Center
820 S. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

Dr. Heiferman is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and an Associate Residency Program Director at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC. He is also a staff physician at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. He received his BA from Northwestern University where he majored in Biological Science with a concentration in Neurobiology. He received his MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Following an internship in medicine at University of Chicago – NorthShore, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University. He completed a clinical fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC and a second fellowship in ocular oncology at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. Dr. Heiferman is a vitreoretinal surgeon and ocular oncologist with interests in translational cancer research, retinal imaging, and medical education.

Dr. Heiferman’s cares for patients with tumors of the eye, including ocular melanoma, hemangiomas, and cancers that have spread to the eye from other parts of the body. He also cares for patients with vitreoretinal disorders, including diabetic retinopathy; macular pucker and macular holes; central serous chorioretinopathy; and complications following cataract surgery. Dr. Heiferman’s research interests include identifying novel therapeutic targets, earlier detection, and prognostication in ocular oncology. He is also interested in using advanced imaging techniques to study the diagnosis and prognosis of retinal diseases and ocular tumors.




Medical School–Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Ophthalmology Residency–Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship–Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Ocular Oncology Fellowship–Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University

Categories: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Research Faculty