Featured Faculty Fridays: Hassan Shah, MD


Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago, Hassan Shah, MD is an expert in oculoplastics.  This subspecialty of ophthalmology focuses on the orbit (eye socket), eyelids, and tear ducts.  “I was actually interested in neurology in medical school, specifically how the brain controlled something as intricate as eye movements,” explains Dr. Shah.  “As I learned more, I became further intrigued with the eye itself, and went into ophthalmology.  For me, oculoplastic and orbital surgery was a great way to perform eye surgeries and deal with problems often originating in the brain.” 

Dr. Shah began working at the University of Chicago part-time, and after a few years he realized that “being a part of a department in an institution with such a great educational tradition was what I really wanted for my career.  I have been here full-time ever since!”  Dr. Shah hopes that potential patients—people that reside on the South Side, surrounding areas in Chicago, and beyond—know that there is always oculoplastic and orbital expertise available whenever it is required.  His favorite part of work is the opportunity he has to diagnose and treat the difficult diseases while teaching ophthalmology residents.  “There are few things as fulfilling as passing on knowledge that helps people.”

How did you know you wanted to become a physician?  “I was always going to become a doctor because I loved the respect and admiration both my parents enjoyed as physicians.”

What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t gone into ophthalmology?  “I wanted to become an astronaut or a soccer player, but may not have been smart enough for the first, or fast enough for the second.”

Where can you be found on the weekends? “I usually am doing some kind of outdoor activity with my family, such as soccer, basketball, swimming in the lake, or hiking.”

Any final thoughts?  “I think ophthalmology is always going to be an amazing field that blends medicine and surgery.  There will always be advancements making surgery or diagnostics easier, but the minds making the decisions will always hold the most importance.”

With his pleasant demeanor and extensive knowledge, Dr. Shah is the person you want to see if you need someone who specializes in oculoplastics.  A member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, he also has special interest in thyroid eye disease and orbital trauma.  To make an appointment with Dr. Hassan Shah, please call (773) 702-3937.