We are the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Learn about our vision to save vision.

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.



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

John W. Doolittle Pediatric Ophthalmology Professor, Co-Chair Global Ophthalmology Initiatives

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research


Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

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

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

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

Professor, Director Medical Student Education

Yao Liu, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

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

Colleen M. McDowell, PhD

William and Phyllis Huffman Research Professor


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

Angie M. Adler

Study Coordinator and Regulatory Specialist


Hannah Baker, MA

Coordinator of Clinical Fellowships and Global Ophthalmology Initiatives



James M. Baliker

Senior Information Processing Consultant

Nancy A. Barrett

Senior Research Specialist

Kelsey Bartlett

Assistant to the Chair


Wendy K. Benz

Senior Research Specialist

Kelly Boyd

CERU Study Coordinator

KaBao Chang

HR Assistant Advanced



Michelle E. Chizek

Senior Research Administrator



Holly Cohn

Senior Research Specialist

Ciara Correia

Medical Coding Specialist

Darla Coullard

Study Coordinator, ERG specialist

Pamela A. Cromell

Residency Program Coordinator



Judith Cushman

Medical Student Coordinator



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


Andrew F. Ewen

Senior Research Specialist

Tony S. Fairbanks

Inform Process Consultant

Debra L. Fisk

Research Specialist

Vonnie V. Gama

IS Resource Sup Tec E

Christopher J. Geier

Director of Information Technology

Stephany Georgeson

Honorary Associate, Fellow

Michael Hall

Software developer

Ashley M. Harris

Admin Program Specialist

Cynthia Hurtenbach

Senior Research Specialist

Tiffany K. Jan

Senior Research Specialist

Bianca Johnson

Marketing Outreach Coordinator



Brianna C. Julian

CERU Regulatory and Quality Assurance Specialist

Audra Keith

Medical Pro Assistant Senior


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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



Kristin Larson

External Relations Coordinator



Daniel L. Lawrence

Senior Research Specialist

Kristine E. Lee

Distinguished Researcher

Allie Lippitt

Administrative Assistant - Oculoplastics/Neuro-Ophthalmology



Jason Liu

Associate Researcher


Jared P. McDonald

Research Program Manager II

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


Patricia Peterman

Administrative Assistant - Pediatric



David A. Pillath

Administrative Assistant - Glaucoma



Jenniffer R. Priebe

Univ Services Associate II


Jenny A. Pulvermacher

Medical Pro Assistant Senior



Susan B. Reed

Research Program Manager I

James L. Reimers

Senior Outreach Specialist, Senior Research Specialist

Jackie Roberts

Education Program Assistant



Tetyana Schneider, PhD

Director of Education and Faculty Development

Leslie Serletic

Administrative Assistant - Cornea/Uveitis



Ruth A. Shaw

Senior Research Specialist

Christopher M. Smith

Study Coordinator and Photographer

Maria K. Swift

Senior Research Specialist

Corinna Taut

Associate Research Specialist

Leah Van Horn

Medical Coding Specialist

Pamela J. Vargo

Senior Outreach Specialist

Bonnie Verges

Research Technician and Photographer

Dana Voth

Administrative Support Assistant


Kristen Wallner

Medical Coding Specialist

Shoujian Wang

Associate Scientist

Jesse Ward

Associate Research Specialist

Kelly J. Warren

Senior Research Specialist

Sheila Watson

Senior Research Specialist

Tien Yin Wong

Visiting Professor

Justin Yonkie

Medical Coding Specialist

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.

A modified silent substitution electroretinography protocol to separate photoreceptor subclass function in lightly sedated dogs.

Nov 24 2020

PubMed ID: 33232560 Author(s): Wise EN, Foster ML, Kremers J, Mowat FM. A modified silent substitution electroretinography protocol to separate photoreceptor subclass function in lightly sedated dogs. Vet Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov 24. doi: 10.1111/vop.12847. [Epub…

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Photobiomodulation preserves mitochondrial redox state and is retinoprotective in a rodent model of retinitis pigmentosa.

Nov 23 2020

PubMed ID: 33230161 Author(s): Gopalakrishnan S, Mehrvar S, Maleki S, Schmitt H, Summerfelt P, Dubis AM, Abroe B, Connor TB Jr, Carroll J, Huddleston W, Ranji M, Eells JT. Photobiomodulation preserves mitochondrial redox state and…

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Sustaining Gains in Diabetic Eye Screening: Outcomes from a Stakeholder-Based Implementation Program for Teleophthalmology in Primary Care.

Nov 19 2020

PubMed ID: 33216697 Author(s): Liu Y, Carlson JN, Torres Diaz A, Lock LJ, Zupan NJ, Molfenter TD, Mahoney JE, Palta M, Boss D, Bjelland TD, Smith MA. Sustaining Gains in Diabetic Eye Screening: Outcomes from…

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