The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences has long been recognized as a leader in patient care, research and education. Our physicians, optometrists and researchers are dedicated to preventing vision loss and disability.

As an academic health care system, the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences trains residents and fellows, as well as providing clinical experience to medical students. These learners strengthen the future of ophthalmology by helping train physicians as well as providing leading-edge health care to our patients.

Ophthalmology Chair

Terri Young, MD, MBA, is professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. An internationally renowned physician-scientist, Dr. Young joined the Department in 2014 and was professor of ophthalmology, pediatrics and medicine at Duke University and founding director of the Duke Eye Center Ophthalmic Genetics Clinic and Research Program. She also held the titles of professor of neuroscience and behavioral disorders at Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School and co-director of the Duke School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Sciences Award Pre-doctoral Research Training Program.

“I am at a place in my career where I believe I can make more of a difference leading a department and supporting others than writing a paper. The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin has an excellent reputation for delivering the finest care to their patients, and for engaging and nurturing faculty and learners,” she said.

With more than 185 published peer-reviewed papers, Dr. Young has built an impressive record of competitive grant funding as an investigator. Her research specializes in genetic studies of refractive errors, eye development and growth, primary congenital glaucoma and other inherited disorders. She also serves on the editorial board of four journals in the field and for national and international advisory boards. Young is a Fellow of the American Ophthalmological Society and the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and has received Honor Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Dr. Young received her bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1981; her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1986; and her M.B.A. from Duke in 2012. She performed her ophthalmology residency training at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a pediatric-ophthalmology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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