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.


DOVS Mentee Presents at Medical Student Research Forum

Dec 01 2020

Claire Vanden Heuvel, a second-year medical student and mentee in the Julie Mares Laboratory, presented a poster at the 19th Annual Medical Student Research Forum on November 23. Her project, the culmination of work during…

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David Gamm, MD, PhD, To Present on Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Nov 25 2020

The McPherson Eye Research Institute and the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired are teaming up to bring you an engaging program on retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and other inherited retinal degenerative diseases, live-streamed…

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UW DOVS @ 2020 Virtual AAO Meeting

Nov 10 2020

Though the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting has moved to a new format due to the pandemic, our University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences' colleagues will be busy presenting, attending and teaching courses. 

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Gary Sterken, MD, UW Health Ophthalmologist, Retires From Mile Bluff Medical Center

Nov 09 2020

Gary Sterken, MD, assistant professor and comprehensive ophthalmologist with the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) and UW Health retired on October 10, 2020, after providing comprehensive eye care and cataract…

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Meet Alicia Wolf, Social Worker with UW Health Patient Resources

Nov 03 2020

Patient Services in Action: Alicia Wolf       As the social worker for ophthalmology services, Alicia Wolf has been assisting our providers in connecting their patients to resources to cope with low vision, as…

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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. Over 60 community members were provided with eye care services, and…

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Upcoming Events

Fri 11

VIRTUAL Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

December 11 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Fri 18

VIRTUAL Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

December 18 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Fri 25
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