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Sarah M. Hilkert, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Pediatrics

Sarah Hilkert, MD, provides comprehensive, compassionate care to children with decreased vision in one or both eyes. Dr. Hilkert has a special interest in treating conditions caused by abnormal eye development, such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) and pediatric cataracts.

Dr. Hilkert is not only passionate about delivering high-quality care to her patients, but she is also dedicated to resident education. She has investigated methods of training ophthalmology residents to improve communication skills when discussing difficult topics with their patients. Having participated in medical mission trips to Ghana and Nicaragua, she also has an interest in health disparities and global health. She is currently reviewing improvements in survival related to retinoblastoma (the most common eye cancer among children) in developing countries.

Practice Locations

Center for Advanced Medicine 
5758 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Medicine 
Comer Children's Hospital 
5721 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Ophthalmology (board eligible)

Medical School

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH


Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Additional Graduate Degree

Masters of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Gold Humanism Honor Society
American Academy of Ophthalmology

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-3937

Office Fax

(773) 702-0830

Office Postal Address

Sarah M. Hilkert, MD, MPH
University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2114
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Amblyopia
  • Pediatric and adult strabismus
  • Adjustable sutures
  • Nasolacrimal duct obstruction
  • Pediatric cataracts
  • Retinopathy of prematurity

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Hilkert's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.