Pete Setabutr, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology, Head of Global Ophthalmology
Director, Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery Service
Co-Director, Millennium Park Eye Center
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago


BS—University of Texas at Austin
MD—University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Residency—University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Fellowship in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America, 2012 – 2014
The President’s Volunteer Service Award, President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, 2009
Fellow of the Year, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, 2008

Research Interests

Diseases of the eyelid
Diseases of the orbit
Epidemiological international vision research

A representative list of Dr. Setabutr’s publications can be found here.

Recent Publications

  1. Shakur SF, Brunozzi D, Setabutr P, Hussein AE, Charbel FT, Alaraj A. Transorbital Glue Embolization of a Recurrent Venous Varix Using Real-Time Image Guidance in the Neuroangiography Suite. World Neurosurg. 2017 Aug;104:1045.e1.
  2. Patel RM, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P, Putterman AM. Efficacy of Muller's Muscle and Conjunctiva Resection With or Without Tarsectomy for the Treatment of Severe Involutional Blepharoptosis. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul/Aug;33(4):273-278.
  3. Mittal N, Aakalu V, Mehendele S, Setabutr P, Michals E, Schmidt ML. Primary Orbital Histiocytic Sarcoma in a Child Successfully Treated With Multiagent Chemotherapy. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2016 Nov;38(8):653-657.
  4. Mettu P, Bhatti MT, El-Dairi MA, Price EB, Lin AY, Alaraj A, Setabutr P, Moss HE. Orbito-Masticatory Syndrome. J Neuroophthalmol. 2016 Sep;36(3):308-12.
  5. Maeng M, Petrakos P, Zhou M, Levine B, Lelli G, Setabutr P. Bi-institutional retrospective study on the demographics and basic clinical presentation of hidrocystomas. Orbit. 2017 Dec;36(6):433-435.
  6. Liu CY, Sun MG, Jones S, Setabutr P. Posterior auricular muscle patch graft for exposed orbital implant. Orbit. 2018 Apr 13:1-4.
  7. Jones ST, Aakalu VK, Lin AY, Perez C, Epstein G, Putterman AM, Setabutr P. Surgical Microanatomy of Lower Eyelid Tarsal Ectropion Repair With a Putterman Ptosis Clamp. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Jul/Aug;33(4):261-263.
  8. Hyde RA, Liu Y, Aakalu VK, Setabutr P. Solitary fibrous tumor of the orbit with growth during pregnancy: a case report. Orbit. 2018 May 21:1-3.
  9. Haq Z, Ali MH, Setabutr P. Periorbital Mass Refractory to Outpatient Management. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Jan 1;135(1):73-74.
  10. Francis AW, Setabutr P, Aakalu V. Proptosis in a Healthy Young Woman. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul 1;134(7):837-8.
  11. Feinstein E, Chen J, Setabutr P. Recent Onset of Bilateral Ptosis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr 1;135(4):397-398.
  12. Dikopf MS, Setabutr P, Vajaranant TS. Blepharospasm as a masquerade of glaucomatous visual field defects. Can J Ophthalmol. 2017 Jun;52(3):e99-e102.
  13. Ali MH, Jones S, Setabutr P. Enlarging Orbital Mass in a Previously Healthy Man. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug 1;135(8):885-886.
  14. Ali MH, Azar NF, Aakalu V, Chau FY, Abbasian J, Setabutr P, Maumenee IH. Congenital cavitary optic disc anomaly and Axenfeld's anomaly in Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome: A case report and review of the literature. Ophthalmic Genet. 2018 Apr;39(2):271-274.
  15. Ali M, Shah D, Pasha Z, Jassim SH, Jassim Jaboori A, Setabutr P, Aakalu VK. Evaluation of Accessory Lacrimal Gland in Muller's Muscle Conjunctival Resection Specimens for Precursor Cell Markers and Biological Markers of Dry Eye Disease. Curr Eye Res. 2017 Apr;42(4):491-497.