We are the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Learn about our vision to save vision.

As a pioneer in ophthalmology and vision science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for almost 50 years, the Department has built a strong, world-class reputation for leading research, quality patient care in an academic setting and unique training programs for the doctors of tomorrow.

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Team Overview

The University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences team of over 250 professionals works tirelessly at delivering exemplary eye care clinical services, providing outstanding educational learner experiences, and performing relevant, innovative research to address critical concerns in vision debilitating diseases. We became a division of the University of Wisconsin hospital in the 1920’s, and a formal department of the University of Wisconsin medical school in 1970. Our ophthalmologists, researchers, optometrists, opticians, administrative staff, technicians, nurse practitioners, and orthoptists are committed to you, and expert in their respective arenas. Our local to global collaborative efforts are of high impact, and far-reaching. Please join us in saving sight for all.

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Faculty

Michael M. Altaweel, MD

Professor; Co-Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Professor, Medical Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Dr. John Doolittle Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Co-Chair Global Ophthalmology Initiatives

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

crbrandt@wisc.edu

Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Professor, ASOPRS Fellowship Faculty, Co-Chair Global Ophthalmology Initiatives

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Emmett A. Humble Distinguished Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

Ernst H. Bárány Professor of Ocular Pharmacology, Department Chair Emeritus

Marilyn C. Kay, MD

Vice-Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Associate Professor

Daniel W. Knoch, MD

Director Medical Student Education, Associate Professor

Yao Liu, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Program Director, Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Medical Director of the Clinical Eye Research Unit

Anna C. Momont, MD

Associate Residency Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

Sanbrita Mondal, OD

Clinical Optometrist, Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director — Low Vision Clinic

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Frederick A. Davis Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Professor

Melanie Schmitt, MD

Assistant Professor, Director of the Pediatric Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic, Co-Director Ocular Genetics Program

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Associate Professor; Director of the Adult Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic; Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs; Co-Director of Ocular Genetics Program

Michael C. Struck, MD

Professor, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Fellowship Director

Andrew T. Thliveris, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Resident Education; Residency Director; Professor

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA, FARVO

Peter A. Duehr Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics; Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Administrative and University Staff

Hannah Baker (Lloyd), MA

Coordinator of Clinical Fellowships and Global Ophthalmology Initiatives

hannah.baker@wisc.edu

608-263-4157

Angie M. Adler

Study Coordinator and Regulatory Specialist

608-265-7557

James M. Baliker

Senior Inform Proc Consultant

Nancy A. Barrett

Senior Research Specialist

Heather Baumhauer

Senior Admin Program Specialist

Wendy K. Benz

Senior Research Specialist

Kelsey R. Brandt

Admin Program Specialist

608-263-9797

KaBao Chang

HR Assistant Advanced

kchang52@wisc.edu

608-263-6062

Holly Cohn

Senior Research Specialist

Shirley A. Craanen

Senior Research Specialist

Pamela A. Cromell

Residency Program Coordinator

cromell@wisc.edu

608-263-5339

Judith Cushman

Medical Student Coordinator

judy.cushman@wisc.edu

608-265-6365

Joel A. Dietz

Senior Research Specialist

Kristi L. Dohm

Senior Research Specialist

Amitha Domalpally, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist; Research Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

Ryan J. Donahue

T32 Vision Research Trainee, Research Assistant

rjdonahue@wisc.edu

Tom W. Dugolenski

Senior H Tech, Ophthalmology

Debra Duren

Medical Coding Specialist

Andrew F. Ewen

Senior Research Specialist

Julie K. Ewing-Christensen

University Services Associate II

608-265-3934

Tony S. Fairbanks

Inform Process Consultant

Debra L. Fisk

Research Specialist

Vonnie V. Gama

IS Resource Sup Tec E

Christopher J. Geier

Senior Inform Proc Consultant

Stephany Georgeson

Honorary Associate, Fellow

Ashley M. Gossett

Associate Research Specialist

Lisa Grady

Research Specialist

Joshua A. Grosser

Associate Research Specialist

Zafer Gurel

Associate Scientist

Michael Hall

Software developer

Ashley M. Harris

Admin Program Specialist

Cynthia Hurtenbach

Senior Research Specialist

Nasim Jamali

Research Assistant

Tiffany K. Jan

Senior Research Specialist

Bianca Johnson

Marketing Outreach Coordinator

bljohnson26@wisc.edu

608-262-2110

Andrea B. Johnston

Medical Pro Assistant Sen

Brianna C. Julian

Associate Admin Program Specialist

Gulpreet Kaur

Research Assistant

Audra Keith

Medical Pro Assistant Senior

amkeith@wisc.edu

(608) 263-9338

Charlene Kim

Associate Scientist

Aaron W. Kolb

Senior Research Specialist

Kristine M. Lang

Senior Research Specialist

Inna V. Larsen

Research Administrator, Vision Core & T32 Administrator

ivlarsen@wisc.edu

608-265-2572

Kristin Larson

External Relations Coordinator

kllarson8@wisc.edu

608-262-8584

Daniel L. Lawrence

Senior Research Specialist

Zach J. Lind

Associate H Tech, Ophthalmology

Allie Lippitt

Administrative Assistant - Oculoplastics/Neuro-Ophthalmology

alippitt@wisc.edu

608-263-4823

Jason Liu

Associate Researcher

608-265-3719

Sean M. Martin

Senior Research Specialist

Jared P. McDonald

Research Program Manager II

Vicky L. Meyers

Medical Pro Assistant Senior

vlmeyers@wisc.edu

608-263-6429

Mary Elizabeth Mohr

Associate Research Specialist

Gregory S. Moy

Senior Inform Proc Consultant

Daniel P. Murach

Senior Programmer Analyst

Dawn J. Myers

Research Program Manager I

Gabriel Padilla

IS Network Sup Tech S

Jeong Won Pak

Research Program Manager I

Adam J. Paulsen

Associate Researcher

Brian Payne

Associate Research Specialist

Jennie R. Perry-Raymond

Clinical Trials Administrator

608-265-4659

Patricia Peterman

Administrative Assistant - Pediatric

plpeterman@wisc.edu

608-263-6429

David A. Pillath

Administrative Assistant - Glaucoma

dapillath@wisc.edu

608-263-1481

Jenniffer R. Priebe

Univ Services Associate II

608-265-6546

Jenny A. Pulvermacher

Medical Pro Assistant Senior

japulver@wisc.edu

608-263-1480

Mary A. Rechek

Senior H Tech, Ophthalmology

Susan B. Reed

Research Program Manager I

James L. Reimers

Senior Outreach Specialist, Senior Research Specialist

Jackie Roberts

Education Program Assistant

jlroberts6@wisc.edu

608-263-4758

Tetyana Schneider, PhD

Director of Education and Faculty Development

Leslie Serletic

Administrative Assistant - Cornea/Uveitis

serletic@wisc.edu

608-262-2515

Ruth A. Shaw

Senior Research Specialist

Christopher M. Smith

Study Coordinator and Photographer

Rebecca Swearingen

Associate Research Specialist

Maria K. Swift

Senior Research Specialist

Corinna Taut

Associate Research Specialist

Pamela J. Vargo

Senior Outreach Specialist

Bonnie Verges

Research Technician and Photographer

Kristen Wallner

Medical Coding Specialist

William R. Walters

Senior Research Specialist

Shoujian Wang

Associate Scientist

Jesse Ward

Associate Research Specialist

Kelly J. Warren

Senior Research Specialist

Sheila Watson

Senior Research Specialist

Mary K. W. Webster

Senior Research Specialist

Jo Marie Welsch

Senior H Tech, Ophthalmology

Samuel Whittier

Associate Research Specialist

Tien Yin Wong

Visiting Professor

Liqian Zhu

Research Associate

Training and Education

We are proud to provide an exceptional educational program with translational, multidisciplinary collaborations at its core. Our mission of improving vision-related quality of life includes a commitment to transmitting and applying knowledge. The department’s clinical and research faculty are highly regarded experts in their fields, as well as talented educators with a passion for creating and sharing knowledge. Our educational programs are designed to reach YOU—friends of the department, professional learners, clinical and research professionals and patients.

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Recent Publications

Our program has been cited as the top academic ophthalmology department in publication productivity per faculty member out of all ophthalmology departments in the US and #5 overall in publication output.

Moderately Acidic pH Promotes Angiogenesis: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study.

Jul 01 2020

PubMed ID: 32593435 Author(s): Saghiri MA, Asatourian A, Morgano SM, Wang S, Sheibani N. Moderately Acidic pH Promotes Angiogenesis: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study. J Endod. 2020 Jun 24. pii: S0099-2399(20)30267-3. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2020.04.005. [Epub ahead…

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Moderately Acidic pH Promotes Angiogenesis: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study.

Jul 01 2020

PubMed ID: 32593435 Author(s): Saghiri MA, Asatourian A, Morgano SM, Wang S, Sheibani N. Moderately Acidic pH Promotes Angiogenesis: An In Vitro and In Vivo Study. J Endod. 2020 Jun 24. pii: S0099-2399(20)30267-3. doi: 10.1016/j.joen.2020.04.005. [Epub ahead…

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Genomic nucleotide-based distance analysis for delimiting old world monkey derived herpes simplex virus species.

Jun 28 2020

PubMed ID: 32590937 Author(s): Kolb AW, Brandt CR. Genomic nucleotide-based distance analysis for delimiting old world monkey derived herpes simplex virus species. BMC Genomics. 2020 Jun 26;21(1):436. doi: 10.1186/s12864-020-06847-w. PMID 32590937 Journal: Bmc Genomics, Volume…

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