After growing up immersed in a family devoted to eye care in the Chicagoland area, Tyler Kirk has returned to the practice where he watched his father, uncle, and grandfather care for patients as a boy. The oldest son of Dr. Scott H. Kirk, Tyler is the first of the third generation of Kirk ophthalmologists.
Tyler grew up in River Forest, and attended Oak Park-River Forest High School where he was an all-state cross country runner and lettered in track and cross country all four years. He then studied history at the second oldest college in America, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His major area of interest was Tudor-Stuart England, and he studied the English Civil War at New College, Oxford University. Tyler graduated magna cum laude from William and Mary, and was inducted into the original chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. He also continued his athletic interests, lettering in track and cross country three years, and earning all-conference honors on the track in the 10,000 meters and twice in cross country.
Following graduation, Tyler entered medical school at the University of Virginia. It was there that he began to show greater interest in ophthalmology, publishing research in several journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, speaking at the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology, and presenting his research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meetings. Serving in leadership roles within his medical school class, Tyler was inducted into the Raven Society, Virginia’s oldest and highest honor society. In his free time, Tyler took up marathon running, placing 50th in the 2004 Boston Marathon, and developed an appreciation for Civil War medical history, which he studied independently with preeminent Civil War professors at UVA.
After eight years in Virginia, Tyler moved farther South to complete is internship and residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. Here Tyler served as chief resident, and developed special interests in cataract and the glaucomas. Seeking additional training in these areas, Tyler spent a fellowship year under the tutelage of world-renown surgeon, Garry P. Condon, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here Tyler helped develop novel surgical techniques which were presented at the 2012 American Glaucoma Society meeting, and accepted for publication into the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Glaucoma Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He brings an enthusiasm for treating difficult and advanced glaucoma and anterior segment pathology to the Kirk Eye Center, and is proud to carry on the family tradition begun by his grandfather, Harold Q. Kirk. In his free time Tyler likes to remain active, enjoying distance running, cycling, and tennis. He continues to study history, and is active in his church.