Dr. Birnbaum is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Northwestern University and an attending ophthalmologist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, both in Chicago. She is on the Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum panel for the ONE Network and is secretary for the Midwest Uveitis Society for Science and Education. She is the author of many peer-reviewed articles and an ad hoc reviewer for numerous medical journals.
Dr. Birnbaum earned her medical degree and doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She completed an internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, and a residency in ophthalmology and fellowship in uveitis at UIC.