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Jacob Wilensky, MD


Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


Dr. Wilensky’s contributions as a member of study groups and as a principal and co-investigator on basic science research grants sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have led to significant improvements in the surgical treatment of glaucoma. He has received continuous NEI-funding for more than 20 years. In addition, his clinical pharmacology research has advanced drug therapies for treating glaucoma. He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors every year since the list was first published in 1989. Dr. Wilensky joined the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1974 and served as Director of the Glaucoma Service for more than 30 years (1977 – 2011). He is board certified in ophthalmology.

Selected Publications: Publication Aggregators: See a representative list of Dr. Wilensky’s published journal articles on PubMed.

Notable Honors

2012, The 47th O’Brien Visiting Professor, Tulane University

1995, American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, American Academy

1983, American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, American Academy


MD: Tulane University
Residency in Ophthalmology: Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals
National Eye Institute Special Fellowship: Glaucoma Center, Washington University, St. Louis