James F. McDonnell, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology

Subspecialty / Clinical Expertise:
Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology &
Adult Ocular Re-Alignment Services

Pediatric Ophthalmology
Pediatric and Adult Strabismus
Retinopathy of Prematurity

Practice Locations:
Loyola Outpatient Center
Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace North

(888) LUHS-888

Contact Information:
(708) 216-3408


Undergraduate School:
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Medical School:
Northwestern University Medical School
Chicago, IL
Doctor of Medicine, 1985

Combined Residency in Emergency & Internal Medicine, 1985-1986
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Residency in Ophthalmology, 1987-1990
The Eye Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin

Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, 1990-1991
University of Wisconsin

Board Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1985
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, certified 1991
  • Professional Organizations
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
  • Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • Volunteer Eye Surgeons Association (VESA)
  • Illinois Association of Ophthalmology (IAO)
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society (COS)
  • Chicago Medical Society (CMS)


  • JCAHPO ACE 2014 Faculty Award for Teaching
  • 2014 Chicago Magazine Top Doctors
  • 2012 Patients' Choice Award
  • 2012 U.S. News and World Report Top Doctor
  • 2011 "Chicago's Favorite Kid Docs" by Chicago Parent Magazine
  • 2011 "Chico Consumer's Checkbook" as Chicago's best Ophthalmologists
    2007 “America’s Top Ophthalmologists-SLD”
  • 2006 “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by Consumers Research Council of America
  • 2005 Named to “Who’s Who in Medicine”
  • 2005 and 2003 “Outstanding Subspecialist Physician” Designate www.checkbook.org
  • 2002 Master Teacher Award Nominee, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
  • 2001 Businessmen of the Year Award, The Physicians Advisory Board/National Congressional Committee
  • 1993 Department of Ophthalmology Outstanding Teacher, Loyola University Medical Center

Research Interests

  • Retinopathy of prematurity
  • Adult and pediatric strabismus
  • Psychosocial aspects of strabismus