Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has long been recognized as a leader in patient care, research and education. Our physicians, optometrists and researchers are dedicated to preventing vision loss and disability.

As an academic health care system, the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences trains residents and fellows, as well as providing clinical experience to medical students. These learners strengthen the future of ophthalmology by helping train physicians as well as providing leading-edge health care to our patients.

Ophthalmology Chair

Dr. Kaufman

Dr. Paul L Kaufman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a physician-scientist, specializing in glaucoma and studying the mechanisms of aqueous humor formation and drainage, and the age-related loss of near vision. Dr. Kaufman is a past President and past Executive Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, past President of the International Society for Eye Research, and has served on the US National Advisory Eye Council and numerous foundation and corporate scientific advisory boards. He has had continuous research funding from the US National Eye Institute for 30 years, has authored over 300 original scientific articles and 50 book chapters, co-edited several textbooks including the most recent edition of Adler’s Physiology of the Eye, and received numerous honors and awards. He was Editor-in-Chief of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science from 2008 to 2012.