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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.


"Gurnee Kirk is my "go to home office". Recently had the Femto/Lasik cataract surgery at the surgical center in River Forest. I cannot begin to tell you how professional and yet personal everyone was I came in contact with. From the doctors and technicians, to staff and even the terrific van driver. Everything went so smoothly and I was informed every inch of the way in a very successful procedure. Even the followups being turned over to my long time Optometrist just down the street from me. Five stars is not enough... twenty or more is necessary. Choose Kirk Eye Center, you'll always be grateful you did. Darrell May, Antioch IL."



"This is absolutely no exaggeration. Dr Tyler Kirk saved my right eye. He is the reason I have vision in that eye. I will be a Kirk Eye Center customer for life!"



"This is the second time I’ve been to Kirk Eye Center on Harlem. I could not be more pleased. I’ve never had to wait more than a minute or 2 after I arrive. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I’ve seen the technician Rose and Dr Kirk Jr both times and enjoyed being assisted by both. There is even plenty of parking. Glad to have them caring for my diabetic and other needs"



"I knew that eventually I would need Cataract surgery. I attempted to find a surgeon, but I was disappointed with reviews until I changed my eye doctor to Dr Crawford in Antioch who agreed that I would benefit from surgery and recommended Kirk Eye Center in Gurnee. My experience has been nothing short of miraculous. The appointments were prompt and professional. The procedure was PAINLESS, and recovery has been free of any problems! The results exceeded my expectations. In my closet, I can tell the difference between Navy and black. I don't need a flashlight to see the floor in my car. I can see the back of my cabinets. Under the exceptional operation and continuing support, I receive from Dr. Kirk and Dr. Crawford, I am extremely pleased with the outcoming!"



"Marcie and Jane are fantastic! So kind and genuinely caring. Dr. Kirk was very nice as well, and we didn’t have to wait very long to see the doctor."



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