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, 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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2016 Annual Report

Please enjoy our comprehensive overview of 2016 at the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences within the School of Medicine and Public Health.

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Team Overview

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences team of professionals have worked tirelessly at providing quality eye care education and clinical services since the department’s establishment in the 1920s. Our ophthalmologists are experts, providing students, patients and each other with a high quality experience incomparable with that of any other institution. We work with one another, as well as across campus and throughout the world to share knowledge and information to stop the progression of blinding diseases. We are all in this together. Let’s save sight for everyone.

Faculty

Michael M. Altaweel, MD

Michael M. Altaweel, MD

Professor; Co-Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

608-263-7290

Michael M. Altaweel

Richard E. Appen, MD

Professor Emeritus

Richard E. Appen
Neal P. Barney, MD

Neal P. Barney, MD

Professor

608-263-1481

Neal P. Barney
Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Professor, Medical Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center and Clinical Trials Unit

608-263-7290

Barbara A. Blodi
Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Dr. John Doolittle Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Vice-Chair/Education and Faculty Development

608-263-6429

Yasmin S. Bradfield
Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

608-262-8054

Curtis R. Brandt
Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Associate Professor

608-265-3252

Cat N. Burkat
Suresh R. Chandra, MD

Suresh R. Chandra, MD

Honorary Associate, Fellow

608-263-9338

Suresh R. Chandra
Jonathan S. Chang, MD

Jonathan S. Chang, MD

Assistant Professor

Jonathan S. Chang
Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

608-263-1481

Yanjun (Judy) Chen
Eugene Cropp, OD

Eugene Cropp, OD

Clinical Optometrist

608-257-4286

Eugene Cropp
Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Professor

608-262-4032

Karen J. Cruickshanks
Janet Cushing, OD

Janet Cushing, OD

Clinical Optometrist

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Janet Cushing
Ronald P. Danis, MD

Ronald P. Danis, MD

Professor

608-265-5895

Ronald P. Danis
Matthew D. Davis, MD

Matthew D. Davis, MD

Professor Emeritus; Founder of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

608-262-1334

Matthew D. Davis
David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

608-263-6429

David M. Gamm
Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Professor

608-263-7290

Justin L. Gottlieb
Gregg A. Heatley, MD, MMM

Gregg A. Heatley, MD, MMM

Associate Professor

608-263-1481

Gregg A. Heatley
James N. Ver Hoeve, MS, PhD

James N. Ver Hoeve, MS, PhD

Senior Scientist

608-263-8962

James N. Ver Hoeve
Celeste Jend, OD

Celeste Jend, OD

Clinical Optometrist

608-257-4286

Celeste Jend
Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Professor

608-262-4903

Ronald E. Kalil
Paul L. Kaufman, MD

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

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

(608) 263-6074

Paul L. Kaufman
Marilyn C. Kay, MD

Marilyn C. Kay, MD

Associate Professor

608-263-1481

Marilyn C. Kay
Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

608-263-0280

Barbara E. K. Klein
Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

608-263-0280

Ronald Klein
Tracy Klein, OD

Tracy Klein, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Tracy Klein
Daniel W. Knoch, MD

Daniel W. Knoch, MD

Director Medical Student Education, Associate Residency Director, Associate Professor

608-265-4746

Daniel W. Knoch
Burton J. Kushner, MD

Burton J. Kushner, MD

Professor

608-263-6429

Burton J. Kushner
Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD

Associate Professor

Aparna Lakkaraju
Yao Liu, MD

Yao Liu, MD

Assistant Professor

608-263-1481

Yao Liu
Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery

608-265-5900

Mark J. Lucarelli
Julie A. Mares, PhD, MSPH

Julie A. Mares, PhD, MSPH

Professor

608-262-8044

Julie A. Mares
Michele Martin, OD

Michele Martin, OD

Clinical Optometrist

608-265-0918

Michele Martin
Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

608-265-9848

Gillian McLellan
Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Mihai Mititelu
Anna C. Momont, MD

Anna C. Momont, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Anna C. Momont
Sanbrita Mondal, OD

Sanbrita Mondal, OD

Clinical Optometrist, Director — Low Vision Clinic

Sanbrita Mondal
Frank L. Myers

Frank L. Myers

Professor

608-265-4746

Frank L. Myers
Sarah M. Nehls, MD

Sarah M. Nehls, MD

Associate Professor

608-263-1481

Sarah M. Nehls
Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Professor

608-265-6037

Robert W. Nickells
T. Michael Nork, MD, MS, FARVO

T. Michael Nork, MD, MS, FARVO

Professor

608-265-3898

T. Michael Nork
Nayan Patel, OD

Nayan Patel, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Nayan Patel
Richard Patterson, OD

Richard Patterson, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Richard Patterson
Heather A. D. Potter, MD

Heather A. D. Potter, MD

Associate Professor

608-263-3193

Heather A. D. Potter
Patricia C. Sabb, MD

Patricia C. Sabb, MD

Assistant Professor

608-257-4286

Patricia C. Sabb
Stephen K. Sauer, MD

Stephen K. Sauer, MD

Associate Professor

608-262-4834

Stephen K. Sauer
Melanie Schmitt, MD

Melanie Schmitt, MD

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

Melanie Schmitt
Nader Sheibani, PhD

Nader Sheibani, PhD

Professor

608-263-3345

Nader Sheibani

Morton E. Smith

Visiting Professor

Morton E. Smith
Thomas Steinhauer, OD

Thomas Steinhauer, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Thomas Steinhauer
Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Associate Professor, Director of the Adult Inherited Retinal Degeneration Clinic, Co-Director of Ocular Genetics Program

Kimberly E. Stepien
Thomas S. Stevens, MD

Thomas S. Stevens, MD

Professor Emeritus

608-265-4746

Thomas S. Stevens
Michael C. Struck, MD

Michael C. Struck, MD

Professor

608-263-6429

Michael C. Struck
John E. Temprano, MD

John E. Temprano, MD

Associate Professor

John E. Temprano
Andrew T. Thliveris, MD, PhD

Andrew T. Thliveris, MD, PhD

Vice Chair, Resident Education, Residency Director, Professor

608-263-6070

Andrew T. Thliveris
Amy Walker, OD, MBA, FAAO

Amy Walker, OD, MBA, FAAO

Clinical Optometrist; Chief of Optometry Services; Scleral Contact Lens Specialist

608-824-3937

Amy Walker
Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

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

Terri L. Young

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.

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.

Association between Dietary Xanthophyll (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) Intake and Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study

Oct 01 2017 // Lin H, Mares JA, LaMonte MJ, Brady WE, Sahli MW, Klein R, Klein BEK, Nie J, Millen AE. Association between Dietary Xanthophyll (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) Intake and Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The Atherosclerosis Risk in… Read More

Association between Dietary Xanthophyll (Lutein and Zeaxanthin) Intake and Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study

Genetically Determined Plasma Lipid Levels and Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy: A Mendelian Randomization Study

Sep 26 2017 // Sobrin L, Chong YH, Fan Q, Gan A, Stanwyck LK, Kaidonis G, Craig JE, Kim J, Liao WL, Huang YC, Lee WJ, Hung YJ, Guo X, Hai Y, Ipp E, Pollack S, Hancock H, Price… Read More

Genetically Determined Plasma Lipid Levels and Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy: A Mendelian Randomization Study

Prophylactic Pre-Operative Laser Retinopexy Does Not Reduce the Occurrence of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Complications in Macular Surgery

Sep 20 2017 // Garg A, Chang JS, Tosi GM, Esposti P, Chen RW, Horowitz J, Hoang QV, Schiff WM, Barile GR, Chang S. Prophylactic Pre-Operative Laser Retinopexy Does Not Reduce the Occurrence of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Complications in Macular… Read More

Prophylactic Pre-Operative Laser Retinopexy Does Not Reduce the Occurrence of Rhegmatogenous Retinal Complications in Macular Surgery