Dr. Pauline T. Merrill , MD


(312) 942-5315

Eye Center Physicians
1725 W Harrison St Ste 906
Chicago, IL 60612


Pauline T. Merrill, M.D., is a nationally recognized specialist in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous. She also has particular expertise in the treatment of uveitis. Dr. Merrill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and a partner at Illinois Retina Associates. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Dr. Merrill graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in biology. She earned her medical degree from the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where she also completed a master's degree in biomedical sciences. Dr. Merrill completed an internship in internal medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital and an ophthalmology residency at Duke University Eye Center in Durham, N.C. She went on to complete a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, after which she joined Illinois Retina in 1997. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. A highly regarded clinical researcher, Dr. Merrill has been principal investigator in a number of groundbreaking clinical trials over the years. Recent studies have included the Photodynamic Therapy With Visudyne, With Evaluation-Based Retreatment (CLOVER) Study, which she designed, and the NEI-sponsored MUST study. Dr. Merrill has published numerous papers on topics such as ocular complications of AIDS, vitreous hemorrhage, uveitis and diabetic macula edema. She lectures extensively at national and international ophthalmology meetings and has written articles for several academic specialty journals. Dr. Merrill has written chapters for two books, The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology and Curbside Consultation in Retina. Dr. Merrill holds memberships in several professional societies and organizations, and has won numerous professional honors and awards, including the prestigious Heed Ophthalmology Fellowship Award from the Heed Foundation in 1996 and the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr. Merrill enjoys teaching uveitis and retina to residents and fellows, as well as lecturing to colleagues at meetings. Dr. Merrill has been listed in Best Doctors in America. She is on staff at several area hospitals and sees patients at Illinois Retina's Oak Park and Chicago office locations, as well as the Rush Eye Center. When she's not working, Dr. Merrill splits her time between her homes in Chicago and Niantic, Conn., with her husband and two stepchildren. She enjoys bicycling, tennis, kayaking, skiing and scuba diving.

Gender: N/A

Years in Practice: 29 Years

Languages Spoken: Spanish and English

Education & Training

Medical School: Washington University In St Louis School Of Medicine,Washington University In St Louis School Of Medicine

Graduation Date: in 1991

Specialties & Hospital Affiliations

Hospital Affiliations:

  • Rush Copley Medical Center
  • OSF St Joseph Medical Center
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center

Specialties: Ophthalmology

Health Insurance and Affiliations

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS IL BlueChoice Select
  • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Coventry HealthAmerica PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • HealthLink PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana Preferred PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PriorityHealth Priority PPO
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Compass HMO
  • UHC Navigate HMO
  • UHC Navigate POS
  • UHC Options PPO

Dr. Merrill's Office Information

Fax: (312) 294-2214
Website: rush.edu
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Medicaid Accepted: Yes

Office Hours:

Mon8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Tue8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Wed8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Thu8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM-5:30 PM

Doctor Merrill's Other Office Information

Illinois Retina Associates SC
25 E Washington St Ste 301
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 726-4949

Fax:(312) 272-6236
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted:Yes
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:

Mon8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tue8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wed8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Thu8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Illinois Retina Associates SC
610 S Maple Ave Ste 1700
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 660-8450

Fax:(708) 866-0845
Accepting New Patients: Yes
Medicare Accepted:Yes
Medicaid Accepted:No

Office Hours:

Mon8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tue8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wed8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Thu8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM-4:30 PM

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