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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 had cataract surgery a few months ago at the Kirk Eye Center. Dr. Kent Kirk was fantastic. He listened to all of my concerns and made me feel very comfortable. The staff was also very professional.  I would highly recommend them for all your eye care needs.."



"Easy parking and an accomadating Friendly staff. I was fully informed of what was being done . I have complete confidence in the staff and the physician . I trust Dr Kent Kirk with my eyes . I had lasik more than 20 years ago with Dr Kent Kirk and I could not be more pleased . I didn’t look forward to cataracts . It stinks getting old but I’m glad I have such good people to take care of me . I had cataract surgery October 18th 2023 It was so easy I’m mad I didn’t do it sooner. It’s one week and vision is 20/20 . No pain Eye drops but no oral medication."



"Dr. Tyler Kirk performed cataract and glaucoma surgeries on each of my eyes. The results are fantastic. The procedure was explained well and all my questions were answered so it was very comfortable. The entire team was thoughtful and pleasant. It was a great experience."



"My father asked me to write this review for him regarding Kirk Eye Center and a couple of their doctors.  If he could give them more than 5 stars, he says he would.In July 2023 my father had an eye problem that needed immediate attention.  Dr. Tyler Kirk saw my father quickly and went above and beyond to resolve the problem. In August 2023 my mother had a contact stuck in her eye causing her to experience significant eye pain.  Dr. Scott Kirk saw her quickly, again going above an beyond to resolve the problem. These are extraordinary, caring, helpful doctors.  They have gone above and beyond to help my parents.  My parents would recommend them to anybody."



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