Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Strong education, leading research and compassionate patient care.

Our focus, here at the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is you. Our commitment to stop the progression of blinding diseases drives each and every one of us. Our vision is to save your vision through strong educational programs, leading research discoveries and compassionate patient care.


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Dr. Terri Young examines patient with resident.


Our dynamic academic programs enrich and enable the specialists of tomorrow, today.

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Sarah Ferguson works under the hood in Curtis Brandt


Known as a ground-breaking institution, our labs continue the strong tradition of discovery.

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Yao Liu, MD, examines a rural WI patient


Experience the multi-faceted service approach to patient care with our doctors at UW Health.

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A Message From the Chair

learn about our fearless vision to save vision.

Dr. Terri Young
It starts with our deep-seated desire to fight blindness wherever it exists. It builds daily with the power of a team that recites the mantra, “Why not?” It ends with our unwavering commitment to you and yours.

As an exemplary leader in vision care, research, and scholarship – the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is the place for transformative impact. We encourage you to explore our new website and learn about our initiatives – new and sustained – that fuel our mission to save sight locally and globally.


David Gamm, MD, PhD, and Multidisciplinary Team of Researchers Develop Second Generation Retinal Patch

Apr 21 2021

Tens of millions of people worldwide are affected by diseases like macular degeneration or have had accidents that permanently damage the light-sensitive photoreceptors within their retinas that enable vision. The human body is not capable…

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Licensed to Lead: Faculty Discuss Physician Burnout and Scribes on Podcast

Apr 05 2021

Barbara Blodi, MD, Matthew D. Davis Professor, medical director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center and retina specialist, and Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS, were invited to the Licensed to Lead Podcast for a conversation on…

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DOVS Well Represented at Oculofacial Rejuvenation Webinar

Apr 03 2021

Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS, Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery, and Cat Burkat, MD, FACS, professor, participated in the Asian Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – American Society of…

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Patient Sight Series: A Tale of Tenacity

Mar 31 2021

On Labor Day, September 7, 2020, Kevin Blaser was fishing in the Rock River in Janesville, Wisconsin. His brother and a friend had met him at the river that morning. It was overcast, so Blaser’s…

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Low Vision Clinic to Offer Expanded Services

Mar 22 2021

Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UW Health Low Vision Clinic – led by Sanbrita Mondal, OD, clinical adjunct assistant professor – has announced that it will offer expanded services and…

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Why I Give to DOVS: Ellen Geishirt

Mar 16 2021

Ellen Geishirt became a patient of UW Health eye specialists after a serious eye infection complicated her recovery from a third corneal transplant in 2015. In late 2020, after an initial donation to the department,…

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Upcoming Events

Fri 21
Fri 28
Jun 18

2021 Virtual Learner’s Day

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Barbara Blodi, MD speaks at conference.
Oct 14

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Symposium

October 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm