M. Soledad Cortina, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology Director, Comprehensive Ophthalmology Faculty Practice (COFP) and General Eye Clinic University of Illinois College of MedicineDepartment of Ophthalmology
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Biographical Info

Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Comprehensive Ophthalmology Faculty Practice (COFP) and General Eye Clinic
Director, Artificial Cornea Program

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

Sees patients at:
Specialty Care Building (SCB)
Cornea Service
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Faculty Practice (COFP)
1009 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612

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Dr. Cortina is an attending physician in the Cornea Service and Director of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Faculty Practice, the General Eye Clinic and the Keratoprosthesis Artificial Cornea Program within the Cornea Service. She conducts basic science investigations into the regeneration of corneal nerves following corneal and refractive surgery. Dr. Cortina, who is fluent in Spanish, joined the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in 2010 and is board certified in ophthalmology.



MD—University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, Argentina
Residency—Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Research Fellowship—Neuroscience Center, Louisiana State University
Clinical Fellowship in Cornea—Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Honors and Awards


Best Doctors in America, 2010 – present

See a representative list of Dr. Cortina’s published journal articles on PubMed.

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.

Huh ES, Aref AA, Vajaranant TS, de la Cruz J, Chau FY, Cortina MS. Outcomes of pars plana glaucoma drainage implant in Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis surgery. J Glaucoma. 2014 Jan;23(1):e39-44. doi: 10.1097/IJG.0b013e31829e55f8. PubMed PMID:  24370810.

Kang JJ, Allemann N, Cruz JD, Cortina MS. Serial Analysis of Anterior Chamber Depth and Angle Status Using Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography After Boston Keratoprosthesis. Cornea. 2013 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23974896.

Kang JJ, Allemann N, Vajaranant T, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography for the quantitative evaluation of the anterior segment following Boston keratoprosthesis. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 5;8(8):e70673. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070673. Print 2013. PubMed PMID: 23940621; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3734235.

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.

Cortina MS, He J, Russ T, Bazan NG, Bazan HE. Neuroprotectin D1 restores corneal nerve integrity and function after damage from experimental surgery. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Jun 12;54(6):4109-16. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-12075.  PubMed PMID: 23702780; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3681478.

Sivaraman KR, Hou JH, Allemann N, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Retroprosthetic membrane and risk of sterile keratolysis in patients with type I Boston Keratoprosthesis. Am J Ophthalmol. 2013 May;155(5):814-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo. 2012.11.019. Epub 2013 Jan 23. PubMed PMID: 23352344.

Rai R, Shorter E, Cortina MS, McMahon T, de la Cruz J. Contact lens surveillance cultures in Boston type 1 keratoprosthesis patients. Eye Contact Lens. 2013 Mar;39(2):175-8. doi: 10.1097/ICL.0b013e31827aff8f. PubMed PMID: 23392305.

Kang JJ, de la Cruz J, Cortina MS. Visual outcomes of Boston keratoprosthesis implantation as the primary penetrating corneal procedure. Cornea. 2012 Dec;31(12):1436-40. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31823f7765. PubMed PMID: 22367042.

Kang JJ, Allemann N, Cortina MS, de la Cruz J, Aref AA. Argon laser iridoplasty for optic obstruction of Boston keratoprosthesis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Aug;130(8):1051-4. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.858. PubMed PMID: 22893077.

Cortina MS, Porter IW, Sugar J, de la Cruz J. Boston type I keratoprosthesis for visual rehabilitation in a patient with gelatinous drop-like corneal dystrophy. Cornea. 2012 Jul;31(7):844-5. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0b013e31822fff1a. PubMed PMID: 22367041.

Cortina MS, He J, Li N, Bazan NG, Bazan HE. Recovery of corneal sensitivity, calcitonin gene-related peptide-positive nerves, and increased wound healing induced by pigment epithelial-derived factor plus docosahexaenoic acid after experimental surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Jan;130(1):76-83. doi: 10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.287. Epub 2011 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 21911652.

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