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.




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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.


2020 World Sight Day Clinic Serves Community Members In Need

Oct 12 2020

The 2020 Annual World Sight Day Right to Sight Clinic was held on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at UW Health University Station Eye Clinic. Nearly 50 community members were provided with eye care services and…

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Dr. Gary Sterken

Gary Sterken, MD, Retires After 30 Years of Eye Care

Oct 10 2020

Gary Sterken, MD, assistant professor and comprehensive ophthalmologist, retired October 10, 2020 from the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) and UW Health after providing eye care in Madison and the surrounding area for thirty years.

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Kudos During COVID – Kind Words to Our Docs

Oct 09 2020

Kinds words and good news is always welcome, but it seems to be especially poignant in the time of a pandemic. UW Health recently received several patient letters thanking our doctors and clinical staff for…

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Meet Our New Comprehensive Ophthalmologist – Travis Rumery, DO

Oct 01 2020

Travis Rumery, DO, joined the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences comprehensive ophthalmology service team on October 1. Dr. Rumery specializes in cataract surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. Dr. Rumery earned his osteopathic medical degree at…

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Yao Liu, MD, MS, Discusses Eye Care During COVID-19 With Wisconsin Public Radio

Sep 30 2020

Dr. Yao Liu, assistant professor and glaucoma specialist, spoke with Kate Archer Kent of the Wisconsin Public Radio Morning Show on Monday, September 28. Dr. Liu discussed eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic, including what…

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Join CBI’s Virtual World Sight Day Event, Oct. 8, 2020

Combat Blindness International Virtual World Sight Day

Sep 24 2020

Our partners at Combat Blindness International’s (CBI) are hosting a virtual World Sight Day celebration on Oct. 8, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m., and all UW-DOVS faculty and staff are invited! Sign up today! This online…

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Upcoming Events

Drs. Matthew D. Davis and Barbara Blodi, 2018
Nov 06
Nov 19

DOVS Philanthropy Retreat

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Nov 20

VIRTUAL Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

November 20 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Celebrating 50 years of Ophthalmology at UW-Madison
Jul 09

DOVS 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

July 9, 2021 @ 8:00 am - July 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Union South
1308 W Dayton St
Barbara Blodi, MD speaks at conference.
Oct 14

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Symposium

October 14, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way