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Pete Setabutr, MD


Vice-Chair for Global Ophthalmology
Director, Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery Service
Co-Director, Millennium Park Eye Center

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences



Oculoplastics Clinic 1855 W. Taylor St M/C 648 Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

(312) 996-9120

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Dr. Setabutr is the Director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He joined the department in 2009. He is a fellowship-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery. He is one of only a select group of surgeons worldwide to have completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) approved fellowship. Dr. Setabutr has a strong interest in global health, specifically in Southeast Asia. His work in this region has helped build sustainable training and educational programs in the field of oculoplastics and orbital surgery. He lectures extensively in not only this region but around the world. He has a strong interest in clinical research that focuses on maximizing surgical outcomes. He’s published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Notable Honors

2009, The President’s Volunteer Service Award, President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation

2008, Fellow of the Year, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary


MD: University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Residency in Ophthalmology: University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Clinical Fellowship in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at