Our Physicians

Matthew B. Goren, MD, FACS

Dr. Goren is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in Cornea and External Diseases.  He has been  ranked by HealthTap as the #1 physician in the Unites States for corneal diseases and the #1 ophthalmologist in the Chicago area.   Dr. Goren is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Goren is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education, where he earned an MD degree in 1989.  He was President of his medical school class and initiated Northwestern Medical School’s student program in medical ethics—the first of its kind and currently one of the most extensive such programs in the United States.

Dr. Goren served as Intern at Georgetown University Medical Center and the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.  He then completed his residency in ophthalmology at the New England Medical Center of Tufts University, where he was awarded the prestigious Charles Preefer, MD Prize for excellence in research for his work involving the tear system in patients with abnormal corneas. 

Dr. Goren accepted a fellowship position at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in Cornea and External Diseases—considered one of the finest such fellowships in the world.  There he devoted an entire year exclusively to the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment, and research of the cornea—a focus that maintains today.

Dr. Goren returned to Chicago in 1994 and joined Goren Eye Associates.  Dr. Matthew Goren expanded the general ophthalmology practice of his father, Dr. Seymour Goren, to include Dr. Matthew’s cornea specialty practice.  Dr. Matthew Goren also joined the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine as Instructor.  He was quickly promoted to Assistant Professor and Chief of Ophthalmology at the Veterans Administration Chicago Healthcare System, where he was responsible for caring for our nation’s war veterans and teaching complex surgical procedures to the residents of Northwestern’s Department of Ophthalmology.  He held his VA position for nearly 10 years.  Dr. Goren continues to be an active member of the teaching faculty at Northwestern, where he lectures and provides hands-on teaching for students and residents.

Dr. Goren is the author of over 70 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered hundreds of lectures focusing on corneal diseases.  His research has been presented at scientific meetings around the world.  He has also served on the editorial boards and as scientific referee for numerous prestigious ophthalmological journals.

Dr. Goren has been honored with many accolades for his scientific and humanitarian accomplishments.  He has been named to America’s Top Ophthalmologists every year since 2004.  He was the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Honor Recipient for Outstanding Contributions to Ophthalmic Education and is a 4-time winner of the Outstanding Attending Physician Teaching Award at Northwestern University Medical School.  He is a Lifetime Member of Who’s Who and the recipient of a Fison’s Grant for his work in ocular microbiology and immunology.  Dr. Goren has also been granted the designation of “Colonel” by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a native son for his work with our nation’s veterans.

Dr. Goren has been consistently honored by the National Keratoconus Foundation as a "Top Doc" for his work with patients who have this condition (www.nkcf.org)

Dr. Goren is an active member of numerous professional societies including a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the prestigious Cornea Society.

Dr. Goren is married to his college sweetheart and has two children recently graduated from college.  

Seymour B. Goren, MD

Seymour B. Goren graduated from The University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1958, interned at Philadelphia General Hospital, and then returned to The University of Chicago where he completed his residency and fellowship in Ophthalmology.

He went on to serve as Captain in the United States Army from 1963-1965. In 1965 he entered private practice in Chicago, was appointed Attending Physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Children's Memorial Hospital, and joined the faculty of Northwestern University Medical School where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology.

Dr. Goren has authored more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered numerous scientific lectures both in this country and abroad. He has been a scientific referee for the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the AMA Archives of Ophthalmology. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and served as an Associate Board Examiner for many years. Dr. Goren has been listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in The World. Dr. Goren has been an active member of numerous medical societies including the Chicago Ophthalmological Society (vice-president, secretary, chairman of the clinical conference), Chicago Medical Society (counselor, ethics committee), Society of the Sigma Xi (honorary society fro research in science), American Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, Royal Society of Medicine, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, Research to Prevent Blindness and the American Intraocular Implant Society.

Dr. Goren retired from practice in 2019.