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Scott Kirk, MD

Meet Scott Kirk, MD

Scott Kirk, MD is a second-generation, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in general ophthalmology and oculoplastic procedures. He performs general eye exams along with cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and BOTOX injections. He is the oldest son of Dr. Harold Q. Kirk, who founded Kirk Eye Center in 1953. Scott Kirk, MD grew up with a natural interest in medicine, having spent summers working as an assistant at his father's practice. Today, Dr. Kirk is proud to carry on his father's legacy as he provides a high level of care and attention for his patients in River Forest and Gurnee, IL. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Society for Excellence in Eyecare as well as the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society.

Education and Training

Dr. Kirk studied at the University of Illinois before completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. After receiving his doctorate degree in 1978, he completed a surgical internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, followed by his ophthalmology residency at Washington University. He became the second generation of Kirk ophthalmologists when he joined his father in practice in the 1980s, along with his brother, Kent Kirk, MD. Together, they opened Kirk Eye Center's River Forest location and founded the current freestanding ambulatory surgery center.

Personal Life

Dr. Kirk married his college cheerleading partner, Jean, in 1978, and has five adult children who each carry on the medicine family tradition. Their sons, Tyler and Carter, both joined Kirk Eye Center as ophthalmologist surgeons in recent years while Allison serves as a pediatric ophthalmologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Spencer is a sports medicine specialist in the area, and their youngest daughter, Marianne, has completed her doctorate as a nurse practitioner. In his free time, Dr. Kirk enjoys playing golf and tennis, driving his 1934 Packard car, and training his Vizsla dogs.


"Great overall experience with my Lasik procedure for both my eyes. Dr. Kirk & the staff were fantastic throughout the entire process. I'm so pumped that I don't have to wear contacts or glasses ever again!"



"I don’t think words can express the gratitude I feel towards Dr. Kirk and his incredible office and surgical staff for all that they did for me. I had ICL surgery done last month and it has been life changing.  Dr. Kirk was informative, helpful and answered every single question I had before and after surgery.  The timing of my recovery overlapped with some personal plans, and Dr. Kirk and his staff went out of their way to still schedule my first few appointments on days and/or times that they don’t normally schedule patients in order to ensure that everything looked and felt good after the procedure. I couldn’t believe how kind and thoughtful they all were. Not only am I still in awe of having perfect vision again, I will forever be grateful to Kirk Eye Center for everything they did for me. I highly recommend Dr. Kirk and the ICL surgery!"



"As a new patient, I had my first opportunity to visit the Gurnee, IL office of ophthalmologist, Dr. Tyler Quentin Kirk. It took some weeks to get the appointment, but I waited patiently and was rewarded this morning with a sense of calm that let me know I was in the right place. From the welcoming voices on the phone and at the front door; during my exams and explanations; to our good-byes, I would like to thank Dr. Kirk and his wonderful staff. Janely, my 'first responder,' with whom I spent the most time, and all the other girls who assisted me or with whom I interacted: Miki, Mary, Val, Wendy, and Julissa. Hope to see you soon."



"Dr Kent Kirk and the entire staff are amazing.They are caring, well organized and I had a fantastic resultMy sight in my right eye went from just barely being able to see the big E on the eye chart to 20/25 visionJust incredible!!!Thank you Dr Kent Kirk and staff I could not be happier Getting ready to do my second cataract surgery and I would NOT use anyone else but Kirk Eye Care!!!They know what they are doing and do eye care extremely well!!"



"Although I am fairly young, for some reason my eyes started to develop cataracts. Getting to a point when driving my car became a dangerous adventure, after a thorough search on internet I have opted for cataract surgery at Kirk Eye Center. I wasn’t disappointed, everything there was top notch! Starting from the receptionists to the nurses, I was always treated in a very professional and courteous manner. Many thanks to Ms Joyce Wolter, the surgery manager who helped me going through all the paperwork and dealed with my insurance! She made everything look easy to me! All my life since childhood I’ve had poor vision but now after my right eye surgery I have 20/20 vision! It feels like I am reborn, all these vibrant colors and multitude of details I have never been aware before! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dr Scott Kirk! You gave me the best gift! We all take for granted the vision and we realize that only after we lose it! Note: I have opted for premium IOL’s, I wanted for my eyes the best I can get. They are quite expensive and not covered by insurance, but I can personally state that they worth every penny! I cannot wait for the left eye surgery a week from today!"



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