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


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.


Terri Young, MD

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA Receives Prestigious Women in Ophthalmology Award

Oct 04 2022

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA has devoted her career to advancing the voices of women and underserved minorities in the field of ophthalmology. She was honored for this work by the Women in Ophthalmology (WIO)…

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Roomasa Channa, MD

Roomasa Channa, MD Named to Ophthalmology Management’s 40 Under 40

Oct 03 2022

Amazing. That is how Roomasa Channa, MD of the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is being described. At a special reception at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in…

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pediatric ophthalmology

New Pediatric Ophthalmology Rotation Announced

Sep 27 2022

The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is pleased to announce a new pediatric ophthalmology rotation. The new three-week rotation, which officially launched in September 2022, is designed to address the critical shortage of…

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Department at 2022 AAO

Department Activity at 2022 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

Sep 13 2022

Join the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the 2022 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in Chicago September 30- October 1 as we connect, share, and advance our…

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Kazuya Oikawa, BVSc, PhD

Kazuya Oikawa, BVSc, PhD Awarded Knights Templar Eye Foundation Grant

Aug 30 2022

Kazuya Oikawa, BVSc, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the McLellan Laboratory, has been awarded the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Grant. The $70,000 award will support Dr. Oikawa’s research project “Neuroinflammation in Pediatric Glaucoma.” Primary congenital…

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Department Hosts 2022 Multiphasic Phaco Course

Aug 26 2022

53 residents and medical students from 10 institutions receive training in modern cataract removal techniques at DOVS’ 2022 Phacoemulsification Course. For more than two decades, medical and veterinary ophthalmology residents, UW and visiting medical students,…

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