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.


2020 VIRTUAL REALITY Experience




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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.


DOVS Mentee Presents at Medical Student Research Forum

Dec 01 2020

Claire Vanden Heuvel, a second-year medical student and mentee in the Julie Mares Laboratory, presented a poster at the 19th Annual Medical Student Research Forum on November 23. Her project, the culmination of work during…

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David Gamm, MD, PhD, To Present on Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Nov 25 2020

The McPherson Eye Research Institute and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired are teaming up to bring you an engaging program on retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and other inherited retinal degenerative diseases, live-streamed…

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Education Team Creates Halloween Fun for Residents and Fellows

Nov 15 2020

COVID-19 continues to turn our lives upside down. Like never before, our well-being is impacted by limitations to socialize, participate in our favorite group activities, and travel. The Education Team recognizes the need to adapt to this new environment…

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UW DOVS @ 2020 Virtual AAO Meeting

Nov 10 2020

Though the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting has moved to a new format due to the pandemic, our University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences' colleagues will be busy presenting, attending and teaching courses. 

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Gary Sterken, MD, UW Health Ophthalmologist, Retires From Mile Bluff Medical Center

Nov 09 2020

Gary Sterken, MD, assistant professor and comprehensive ophthalmologist with the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) and UW Health retired on October 10, 2020, after providing comprehensive eye care and cataract…

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Meet Alicia Wolf, Social Worker with UW Health Patient Resources

Nov 03 2020

Patient Services in Action: Alicia Wolf       As the social worker for ophthalmology services, Alicia Wolf has been assisting our providers in connecting their patients to resources to cope with low vision, as…

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Upcoming Events

Fri 22

2021 Ophthalmology Grand Rounds (Virtual)

January 22 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
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Tue 26

DOVS Trivia Night

January 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri 29

2021 Ophthalmology Grand Rounds (Virtual)

January 29 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Feb 05

2021 Ophthalmology Grand Rounds (Virtual)

February 5 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Feb 12

2021 Ophthalmology Grand Rounds (Virtual)

February 12 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am