Ellen S Shorter, OD, FAAO

Optometry Consultant

Title:  Assistant Professor

Hospital Appointment:  2010

Email: eshorter@uic.edu


Academic Background:

Bachelor of Arts, 2005, Illinois Wesleyan University

Cum Laude


Doctor of Optometry, 2009, Illinois College of Optometry

Magna Cum Laude


Residency, 2009, Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation Jesse Brown VAMC and Hines Hospital



Dr. Ellen Shorter graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, with a degree in biology. She earned her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, graduating summa cum laude. While earning her doctorate, Dr. Shorter received many awards and honors, including the Exceptional Tutor Award; she served as the class salutatorian and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society and the Tomb and Key Honor Society.

Doctor Shorter completed her residency at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL; and at the Blind Rehabilitation Center at Hines Veteran’s Hospital in Hines, IL.  In 2010, she completed the BostonSight PROSE Clinical Fellowship at Boston Foundation for Sight.  She has completed the Scholars for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship at the University of Illinois and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.   Currently, Dr. Shorter is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at UIC.  She specializes in medically necessary contact lenses, management of keratoprosthesis bandage lenses and PROSE (prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) for the management of severe dry eye.

To request more information or to schedule an interview please email Dr. Jennifer Brown at:

Contact us:

Jennifer Brown, OD, FAAO

Residency Coordinator 


Charles Kinnaird, OD, FAAO

Co-Director Ocular Disease

Chief of Optometry Section

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center


Peter Russo, OD, FAAO, Diplomate

Co-Director Low Vision Rehabilitation 

Hines VA Blind Rehabilitation Service 


Tel:  312-569-7505

Fax: 312-569-7547

Jesse Brown VAMC

820 S Damen Ave

Chicago IL 60612

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