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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A Message From the Chair
learn about our fearless vision to save vision.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More