Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Strong education, leading research 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


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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 Announces Transition for Phase 2 Medical Student Education Director

Jul 05 2022

A 15-year veteran of the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences will soon be stepping aside from his role as Director of Medical Student Education. But he’ll be handing the reigns to…

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The 2022 class of residents is pictured during the 2021 graduation ceremony.

Celebrating the DOVS Class of 2022

May 24 2022

On June 17, the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences will celebrate the graduation of three resident physicians and three clinical fellows. Residents From left to right: Tyler Boulter, MD. Paige Richards,…

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Terri Young speaks at the ARVO annual meeting in 2019


May 02 2022

The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) is pleased to have many colleagues presenting and participating at this year’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. Curious…

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Medical Retina and Uveitis fellowship co-directors Laura Kopplin and Kim Stepien pose for a picture.

DOVS Announces Launch of New Medical Retina and Uveitis Fellowship

Apr 27 2022

The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is excited to announce a brand-new clinical fellowship – Medical Retina and Uveitis – which will officially launch next year. The new one-year dual training program begins…

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A student performs a surgical skill on a grape during last months's ophthalmology training course.

DOVS Faculty, Learners Team Up to Teach Ophthalmology to Local Students

Apr 20 2022

A group of UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences staff, faculty and learners recently teamed up to put on a half-day learning opportunity – all about eyes – for local students. The “Odyssey Into…

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Catherine Macaraig, MD, visits the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

DOVS Fellowship Alum Catherine Macaraig, ’94, Brings Hope to Philippines Patients

Apr 06 2022

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic – a time when very few people were voluntarily seeking surgical consults – patients from across the Philippines were still lining up to see Catherine Macaraig, MD.…

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