Midwest Center for Childhood Glaucoma and Cataracts
Welcome to the Midwest Center for Childhood Glaucoma and Cataracts (MCCGC), located in the greater Chicagoland area. We are a non-profit organization that strives to lend support and give voice to families who have endured, and who continue to endure, these life-altering childhood diseases.
To create an in-person and online community for parents and family members of children with pediatric glaucoma and cataracts.
To provide direct support to the children affected with this disease as they navigate the educational system.
To promote awareness through education and advocacy in medical and non-medical environments.
To design and implement innovative research aimed at better understanding and treating pediatric glaucoma and cataracts.
For the children
One specific aim of MCCGC was inspired by a parent wanting a better understanding of her child's disease from the teacher, the classmates, and the school. MCCGC will advocate for the child in school by ensuring that each child obtains an individualized education plan (IEP) while promoting compassion from teachers and classmates.
For the families
We intend to make this group of diseases more recognizable in our community--both at the pediatrician's office, and at the neighborhood block party. Stay tuned for specific advocacy programming.
Parent Only Event 2023
Happy Spring! Mark your calendars for a Parent Only Event on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30am-11:00am at the UIC Subspeciality Care Building.
UIC Subspecialty Care Building (SCB)
2nd Floor Conference Room
1009 S. Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612
There will be guides at the information/atrium area to direct you to the room.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our ongoing research projects strive to improve outcomes, identify disease at early stages, and develop innovative therapies for treating childhood glaucoma and cataracts.
Glaucoma has seen vast improvements in drugs and their delivery and surgical techniques in the last decade. Concurrently, new innovations in cataract removal have changed standards of care. Both areas are promising for the pediatric population, and we intend to research and innovate to improve surgical outcomes and medical treatment.
Click on the links below to view previous research publications from our team:
The use of irradiated corneal patch grafts in pediatric Ahmed drainage implant surgery
The eye examination in the pediatrician's office.
Comprehensive vision care in urban communities: the pediatric outreach program.
One hundred percent of donations will go towards MCCGC and its mission to provide support to families and children afflicted by these diseases.
Donations will provide educational tools and resources, advocacy materials, and will foster research endeavors.* Please help us to support our patients and their families!
*All donations are tax deductible under IRC 170 based on 501(c)(3) status.
Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors!
Javaneh Abbasian, M.D.
President and Founder
Javaneh Abbasian, M.D. is the President and founder of MCCGC. She is a pediatric and general ophthalmologist practicing in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A Chicago native who has lived in the Midwest her entire life (with the exception of a short stint in Pennsylvania for her fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), Dr. Abbasian has demonstrated throughout her career a passionate commitment to the families and patients with childhood glaucoma and cataracts. Through this foundation, Dr. Abbasian hopes to cultivate for these families a community to call their own, and to promote meaningful advancement in the field through research and education.
Kimberlee Curnyn, M.D.
Kimberlee Curnyn, M.D. is a co-founder of MCCGC. She is a pediatric and general ophthalmologist practicing in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She trained in the Midwest at Notre Dame and University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago. In her dual role as assistant professor at UIC and visiting professor at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Dr. Curnyn mentors residents and fellows, helping to shape the next generation of dedicated, empathic and forward-thinking ophthalmologists. Over the course of her 25 year career, Dr. Curnyn has developed a niche practice around pediatric glaucoma and cataracts. She has volunteered for numerous international medical mission trips, and she devotes her time and energy to improving patient care and education for the next generation of ophthalmologists.
Valerie Kattouf, O.D.
Valerie Katouf, O.D. is the Chief of the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Center at the Illinois College of Optometry/Illinois Eye Institute, located in Chicago’s south side. She is a graduate of ICO and residency trained in pediatric eye disease at SUNY College of Optometry in New York. Since her residency, Dr. Katouf has learned first-hand the critical importance of treating not only the patient, but also the family members in order to combat the effects of pediatric eye disease and work towards optimal visual development. She is a skilled optometrist, revered educator and tireless volunteer of her time on behalf of academic conferences, lectureships and non-profit organizations.
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PO Box 4551
Oak Park, IL 60304