Research Faculty

Yannek Leiderman, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology, Retina Service, Director of Vitreoretinal Microsurgery Laboratory University of Illinois College of MedicineDepartment of Ophthalmology
Mailing Address: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary 1855 W. Taylor Street, M/C 648 Chicago IL 60612
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Biographical Info

Professor of Ophthalmology
Retina Service
Director, Vitreoretinal Microsurgery Laboratory

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

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

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“If you ever need an eye doctor you have to go to UIC.  Dr. Leiderman is awesome.” Donna Rae Bolda, retina patient.

Dr. Leiderman joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2010 as an attending physician in the Retina Service. His practice focuses on complex retinal detachment, proliferative vitreoretinopathy, diabetic eye disease, macular surgery (including macular hole and macular pucker), eye trauma, retinal vascular disorders, macular degeneration and other medical and surgical disorders of the vitreous, retina and macula. Dr. Leiderman also conducts research on the mechanisms of proliferative vitreoretinopathy and diabetic eye disease. Dr. Leiderman enjoys “working closely with other members of the clinical team, including providers in the Department of Ophthalmology, as well as other specialties, to provide personalized and comprehensive care for our patients.” Dr. Leiderman is board certified in ophthalmology.

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AB—Vassar College, New York
MD with Distinction—George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC; elected
to Alpha Omega Alpha
PhD in Molecular Pathobiology—National Institutes of Health, Maryland
Residency—Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery—Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Selected Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America, 2011 – present
Outstanding Service to Patients Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011 – 2013

Selected Publications

Hu S, Goldstein DA, Leiderman YI, Malhotra V, Chau FY, Lin AY, Vajaranant TS. Epithelial downgrowth after ahmed implantation presenting as a peritubular fibrovascular membrane. J Glaucoma. 2013 Aug;22(6):e11-3. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e318255d9ee. PubMed PMID: 23899696.

Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network*. Randomized clinical trial evaluating intravitreal ranibizumab or saline for vitreous hemorrhage from proliferative diabetic retinopathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Mar;131(3):283-93. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.2015. PubMed PMID: 23370902.

Prickett AL, Salar S, Chow CC, Traish AS, Leiderman YI, Chau FY, Kassem IS. Traumatic eye injuries from collapsible wire laundry hampers. Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;132(2):e522-5. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3169. Epub 2013 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 23821700; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3727671.

Bui KM, Leiderman YI, Lim JI, Mieler WF. Multifocal retinal astrocytic hamartomas: A case series and review of the literature. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 7(1):9-13, 2013.

Shah RJ, Choudhry N, Leiderman YI. Purtscher’s-like retinopathy in association with metastatic pancreatic adenocarinoma and capecitabine therapy. Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. 7(3):196-197, 2013.

Patel KH, Chow CC, Rathod R, Mieler WF, Lim JI, Ulanski LJ 2nd, Leiderman YI, Arun V, Chau FY. Rapid response of retinal pigment epithelial detachments to intravitreal aflibercept in neovascular age-related macular degeneration refractory to bevacizumab and ranibizumab. Eye (Lond). 2013 May;27(5):663-7; quiz 668. doi: 10.1038/eye.2013.31. Epub 2013 Apr 5. PubMed PMID: 23558214; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3650278.

Liu B, Sun X, Suyeoka G, Garcia JG, Leiderman YI. TGFβ signaling induces expression of Gadd45b in retinal ganglion cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013  Feb 5;54(2):1061-9. doi: 10.1167/iovs.12-10142. PubMed PMID: 23329662; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3565994.

Gangaputra S, Almukhtar T, Glassman AR, Aiello LP, Bressler N, Bressler SB, Danis RP, Davis MD; Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network. Comparison of film and digital fundus photographs in eyes of individuals with diabetes mellitus. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug 3;52(9):6168-73. doi: 10.1167/iovs.11-7321. PubMed PMID: 21571677; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3176025.

Leiderman YI, Lessell S, Cestari DM. Recurrent isolated sixth nerve palsy after consecutive annual influenza vaccinations in a child. J AAPOS. 2009 Jun;13(3):317-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaapos.2008.12.137. Epub 2009 Mar 14. PubMed PMID: 19285888. .

Leiderman YI, Miller JW. Proliferative vitreoretinopathy: pathobiology and therapeutic targets. Semin Ophthalmol. 2009 Mar-Apr;24(2):62-9. doi: 10.1080/08820530902800082. Review. PubMed PMID: 19373688.

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