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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2017 Annual Report

See what 2017  was all about 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

Michael M. Altaweel

Richard E. Appen, MD

Professor Emeritus

Richard E. Appen
Neal P. Barney, MD

Neal P. Barney, MD

Professor

Neal P. Barney
Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

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

Barbara A. Blodi
Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

Dr. John Doolittle Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Co-Chair International Ophthalmology Committee

Yasmin S. Bradfield
Curtis R. Brandt, PhD, FARVO

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD, FARVO

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

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

Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS

Professor, ASOPRS Fellowship Faculty, Co-Chair International Ophthalmology Committee

Cat N. Burkat
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

Yanjun (Judy) Chen

Nansi Jo Colley, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Nansi Jo Colley
Eugene Cropp, OD

Eugene Cropp, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Eugene Cropp
Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Karen J. Cruickshanks, PhD

Professor

Karen J. Cruickshanks
Janet Cushing, OD

Janet Cushing, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Janet Cushing
Ronald Danis, MD

Ronald Danis, MD

Professor Emeritus

Ronald 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

David M. Gamm
Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Professor

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

Gregg A. Heatley, MD, MMM

Associate Professor

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

James N. Ver Hoeve, MS, PhD

Senior Scientist

James N. Ver Hoeve
Mrinalini Hoon, PhD

Mrinalini Hoon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mrinalini Hoon
Celeste Jend, OD

Celeste Jend, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Celeste Jend
Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Ronald E. Kalil, PhD

Professor

Ronald E. Kalil
Paul L. Kaufman, MD

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

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

Paul L. Kaufman
Marilyn C. Kay, MD

Marilyn C. Kay, MD

Vice-Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Associate Professor

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

Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

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

Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Professor

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 Professor

Daniel W. Knoch
Burton J. Kushner, MD

Burton J. Kushner, MD

Professor Emeritus

Burton J. Kushner
Jennifer C. Larson, MD

Jennifer C. Larson, MD

Assistant Professor

Jennifer C. Larson
Yao Liu, MD

Yao Liu, MD

Assistant Professor

Yao Liu
Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

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

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

Julie A. Mares, PhD, MSPH

Professor

Julie A. Mares
Michele M. Martin, OD

Michele M. Martin, OD

Clinical Optometrist

Michele M. Martin
Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

Gillian McLellan, PhD, BVMS

Gillian McLellan
Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Mihai Mititelu
Anna C. Momont, MD

Anna C. Momont, MD

Associate Residency Director, 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 Emeritus

Frank L. Myers
Sarah M. Nehls, MD

Sarah M. Nehls, MD

Associate Professor

Sarah M. Nehls
Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Professor

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

T. Michael Nork, MD, MS, FARVO

Professor

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

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

Patricia C. Sabb, MD

Assistant Professor

Patricia C. Sabb
Stephen K. Sauer, MD

Stephen K. Sauer, MD

Associate Professor

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

Nader Sheibani
Raunak Sinha, PhD

Raunak Sinha, PhD

Assistant Professor

Raunak Sinha

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-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs; Co-Director of Ocular Genetics Program

Kimberly E. Stepien
Gary W. Sterken, MD

Gary W. Sterken, MD

Assistant Professor

Gary W. Sterken
Thomas S. Stevens, MD

Thomas S. Stevens, MD

Professor Emeritus

Thomas S. Stevens
Michael C. Struck, MD

Michael C. Struck, MD

Professor

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 of Resident Education; Residency Director; Professor

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

Amy Walker, OD, MBA, FAAO

Clinical Optometrist; Co-Vice Chair Clinical Affairs; Scleral Contact Lens Specialist

Amy Walker
Evan J. Warner, MD

Evan J. Warner, MD

Assistant Professor

Evan J. Warner
Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

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

Terri L. Young

Administrative and University Staff

Jessica M. Arendas

Marketing Director

Jessica M. Arendas

James M. Baliker

Senior Inform Proc Consultant

James M. Baliker

Nancy A. Barrett

Senior Research Specialist

Nancy A. Barrett
Heather Baumhauer

Heather Baumhauer

Senior Admin Program Specialist

Heather Baumhauer

Elizabeth A. Hennes Beean

Senior Research Specialist

Elizabeth A. Hennes Beean

Wendy K. Benz

Senior Research Specialist

Wendy K. Benz

Courtney Kay Blomme

Research Specialist

Courtney Kay Blomme

Scott Brandenburg

IS Comp Supp Tech I

Scott Brandenburg

Kelsey R. Brandt

Admin Program Specialist

608-263-9797

Kelsey R. Brandt
Linda G. Brei, MAT

Linda G. Brei, MAT

Strategic Messenger

Linda G. Brei

Linda R. Callow

Associate Dir, Bus Serv/m, Academic Staff

Linda R. Callow

KaBao Chang

HR Assistant Advanced

kchang52@wisc.edu

608-263-6062

KaBao Chang
Michelle E. Chizek

Michelle E. Chizek

Director, Business Services

Michelle E. Chizek

Krista Christensen

Assistant Scientist

Krista Christensen

Holly Cohn

Senior Research Specialist

Holly Cohn

Ellie Julee Ann Corkery

Research Program Manager II

Ellie Julee Ann Corkery

Shirley A. Craanen

Senior Research Specialist

Shirley A. Craanen

Mary Ann B. Croft

Dis Researcher

Mary Ann B. Croft

Pamela A. Cromell

Residency Program Coordinator

cromell@wisc.edu

608-263-5339

Pamela A. Cromell

Judith Cushman

Medical Student Coordinator

judy.neumann@wisc.edu

608-265-4746

Judith Cushman

Dayna S. Dalton

Researcher

Dayna S. Dalton

Lorraine G. Danforth

Research Program Manager I

Lorraine G. Danforth

Soesiawati R. Darjatmoko

Senior H Tech, Histology

Soesiawati R. Darjatmoko

Joel A. Dietz

Senior Research Specialist

Joel A. Dietz

Kristine A. Dietzman

Senior Research Specialist

Kristine A. Dietzman

Kristi L. Dohm

Senior Research Specialist

Kristi L. Dohm
Amitha Domalpally, MD

Amitha Domalpally, MD

Ophthalmologist; Research Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center

Amitha Domalpally

Ryan J. Donahue

Research Assistant

Ryan J. Donahue

Tom W. Dugolenski

Senior H Tech, Ophthalmology

Tom W. Dugolenski

Debra Duren

Medical Coding Specialist

Debra Duren

Andrew F. Ewen

Senior Research Specialist

Andrew F. Ewen

Julie K. Ewing-Christensen

University Services Associate II

608-265-3934

Julie K. Ewing-Christensen

Tony S. Fairbanks

Inform Process Consultant

Tony S. Fairbanks

Juliana Falero-Perez

Research Assistant

Juliana Falero-Perez

Mitra Farnoodian

Research Associate

Mitra Farnoodian
Gillian Fink

Gillian Fink

Development Director

gillian.fink@supportuw.org

608-219-8770

Gillian Fink

Mary E. Fischer

Assistant Scientist

Mary E. Fischer

Debra L. Fisk

Research Specialist

Debra L. Fisk

Vonnie V. Gama

IS Resource Sup Tec E

Vonnie V. Gama

Christopher J. Geier

Senior Inform Proc Consultant

Christopher J. Geier

Stephany Georgeson

Honorary Associate, Fellow

Stephany Georgeson

Ryan Gobel

IS Network Support Technician

Ryan Gobel

Roberta Gonzalez

Medical Coding Specialist

Roberta Gonzalez

Ashley M. Gossett

Associate Research Specialist

Ashley M. Gossett

Lisa Grady

Research Specialist

Lisa Grady

Zafer Gurel

Associate Scientist

Zafer Gurel

Kristen Hall

Research Specialist

Kristen Hall

Michael Hall

Software developer

Michael Hall

Ashley M. Harris

Admin Program Specialist

Ashley M. Harris

Kathryn Hatchell

Student Assistant

Kathryn Hatchell

Gregory L. Hermus, CPA

Assistant Director, Business Services; Research Finance Director

Gregory L. Hermus

Kayla Horak

Assistant Researcher

Kayla Horak

Cynthia Hurtenbach

Senior Research Specialist

Cynthia Hurtenbach

Nasim Jamali

Research Assistant

Nasim Jamali

Tiffany K. Jan

Senior Research Specialist

Tiffany K. Jan

Kristine A. Johnson

Univ Services Associate I

Kristine A. Johnson

Bianca Johnson

Admin Program Specialist

bljohnson26@wisc.edu

608-262-2110

Bianca Johnson

Andrea B. Johnston

Medical Pro Assistant Sen

Andrea B. Johnston

Alexander W. Katz

Research Specialist

Alexander W. Katz

Gulpreet Kaur

Research Assistant

Gulpreet Kaur

Audra Keith

Medical Pro Assistant Senior

amkeith@wisc.edu

(608) 263-9338

Audra Keith

Will Kelly

University Services Program Associate

kelly@epi.ophth.wisc.edu

608-263-0280

Will Kelly

Michele M. Kempfer

Program Assistant Sup Adv

michele.kempfer@wisc.edu

608-262-9092

Michele M. Kempfer

Julie A. Kiland

Researcher

Julie A. Kiland

Charlene Kim

Associate Scientist

Charlene Kim

Aaron W. Kolb

Senior Research Specialist

Aaron W. Kolb

Sarah Lamartina

Research Specialist

Sarah Lamartina

Kristine M. Lang

Senior Research Specialist

Kristine M. Lang

Inna V. Larsen

Research Specialist

608-262-8055

Inna V. Larsen

Kristin Larson

External Relations Coordinator

kllarson8@wisc.edu

608-262-8584

Kristin Larson

Daniel L. Lawrence

Senior Research Specialist

Daniel L. Lawrence

Kristine E. Lee

Dis Researcher

Kristine E. Lee

Zach J. Lind

Associate H Tech, Ophthalmology

Zach J. Lind

Allie Lippitt

Administrative Assistant - Oculoplastics/Neuro-Ophthalmology

alippitt@wisc.edu

608-263-4832

Allie Lippitt

Jason Liu

Associate Researcher

608-265-3719

Jason Liu
Hannah Lloyd, MA

Hannah Lloyd, MA

Fellowship and International Ophthalmology Coordinator

hrlloyd@wisc.edu

Hannah Lloyd

Melissa De Lombaert

Melissa De Lombaert

Margaret Elizabeth Maes

Research Assistant

Margaret Elizabeth Maes

Jana C. Martin

Admin Program Specialist

608-263-0131

Jana C. Martin

Sean M. Martin

Senior Research Specialist

Sean M. Martin

Jared P. McDonald

Research Program Manager II

Jared P. McDonald

Kimberly B. McIntyre

Senior Research Specialist

Kimberly B. McIntyre

Stacy M. Meuer

Dis Researcher

Stacy M. Meuer

Bradley J. Meyers

Accountant

Bradley J. Meyers

Vicky L. Meyers

Medical Pro Assistant Senior

vlmeyers@wisc.edu

608-263-6429

Vicky L. Meyers

Esther Mezhibovsky

Research Specialist

Esther Mezhibovsky

Mary Elizabeth Mohr

Associate Research Specialist

Mary Elizabeth Mohr

Anne E. Mosher

Senior Research Specialist

Anne E. Mosher

Gregory S. Moy

Senior Inform Proc Consultant

Gregory S. Moy

Daniel P. Murach

Senior Programmer Analyst

Daniel P. Murach

Chelsea E. Myers

Assistant Researcher

Chelsea E. Myers

Dawn J. Myers

Research Program Manager I

Dawn J. Myers

David M. Nondahl

Researcher

David M. Nondahl

James A. Onofrey

Senior Admin Program Specialist

James A. Onofrey

Gabriel Padilla

IS Network Sup Tech S

Gabriel Padilla

Jeong Won Pak

Research Program Manager I

Jeong Won Pak

Adam J. Paulsen

Associate Researcher

Adam J. Paulsen

Brian Payne

Associate Research Specialist

Brian Payne

Juliana Falero Perez

Research Assistant

Juliana Falero Perez

Jennie R. Perry-Raymond

Research Program Manager III

608-265-4659

Jennie R. Perry-Raymond

Patricia Peterman

Administrative Assistant - Pediatric

plpeterman@wisc.edu

608-263-6429

Patricia Peterman

David A. Pillath

Administrative Assistant - Glaucoma

dapillath@wisc.edu

608-263-1481

David A. Pillath

Aaron A. Pinto

Researcher

Aaron A. Pinto

Jenniffer R. Priebe

Univ Services Associate II

608-265-6546

Jenniffer R. Priebe

Jenny A. Pulvermacher

Medical Pro Assistant Senior

japulver@wisc.edu

608-263-1480

Jenny A. Pulvermacher

Carol A. Rasmussen

Researcher

608-263-5125

Carol A. Rasmussen

Mary A. Rechek

Senior H Tech, Ophthalmology

Mary A. Rechek

Susan B. Reed

Research Program Manager I

Susan B. Reed

James L. Reimers

Senior Outreach Specialist, Senior Research Specialist

James L. Reimers

Lisa K. Richardson

Hr Assistant Adv

608-262-9093

Lisa K. Richardson

Jackie Roberts

Education Program Assistant

jlroberts6@wisc.edu

608-263-4758

Jackie Roberts

Vicky L. Rogness

Histology Tech-Senior

Vicky L. Rogness

Jennifer Rothamer

Prg Assistant Sup Adv

jrothamer@wisc.edu

608-263-7290

Jennifer Rothamer

Monica M. Sauter

Assistant Scientist

Monica M. Sauter

Heather M. Schmitt

Research Assistant

Heather M. Schmitt

Carla R. Schubert

Researcher

Carla R. Schubert

Leslie Serletic

Administrative Assistant - Cornea/Uveitis

serletic@wisc.edu

608-262-2515

Leslie Serletic

Ruth A. Shaw

Senior Research Specialist

Ruth A. Shaw

Christopher M. Smith

Health Tech, Ophthalmology

Christopher M. Smith

Yong Seok Song

Research Assistant

Yong Seok Song

Nickie J. Stangel

Associate H Tech, Ophthalmology

Nickie J. Stangel

Rebecca Swearingen

Associate Research Specialist

Rebecca Swearingen

Maria K. Swift

Senior Research Specialist

Maria K. Swift

Christina Thomas-Virnig, PhD

Translational Research Facilitator

Christina Thomas-Virnig

Stuart W. J. Tompson

Associate Scientist

Stuart W. J. Tompson

Ralph Moller Trane

Assistant Researcher

Ralph Moller Trane

Theodore S. Tweed

Senior Clin Audiologist

Theodore S. Tweed

Becca Raven Uminowicz

Administrative Coordinator

Becca Raven Uminowicz

Pamela J. Vargo

Senior Outreach Specialist

Pamela J. Vargo

Emily R. Virnig

IS Tech Senior Prof

Emily R. Virnig

Kristen Wallner

Medical Coding Specialist

Kristen Wallner

H.L. Ingolf Wallow

H.L. Ingolf Wallow

William R. Walters

Senior Research Specialist

William R. Walters

Shoujian Wang

Associate Scientist

Shoujian Wang

Kelly J. Warren

Senior Research Specialist

Kelly J. Warren

Sheila Watson

Senior Research Specialist

Sheila Watson

Mary K. W. Webster

Senior Research Specialist

Mary K. W. Webster

Tanya L. Webster

Optical Shops Manager

Tanya L. Webster

Jo Marie Welsch

Senior H Tech, Ophthalmology

Jo Marie Welsch

Kristina N. Whisenhunt

Research Specialist

Kristina N. Whisenhunt

Tien Yin Wong

Visiting Professor

Tien Yin Wong

Ismail S. Zaitoun

Associate Scientist

Ismail S. Zaitoun

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.

Racial Differences in the Effects of Hormone Therapy on Incident Open-Angle Glaucoma in a Randomized Trial.

Aug 07 2018 // PubMed ID: 30081016 Author(s): Vajaranant T, Ray R, Pasquale L, Mares JA, Ritch R, Gower E, Haan M, Jackson R, Maki P. Racial Differences in the Effects of Hormone Therapy on Incident Open-Angle Glaucoma in… Read More

Racial Differences in the Effects of Hormone Therapy on Incident Open-Angle Glaucoma in a Randomized Trial.

Progression of Geographic Atrophy in Age-related Macular Degeneration: AREDS2 Report Number 16.

Aug 01 2018 // PubMed ID: 30060980 Author(s): Keenan TD, Agrón E, Domalpally A, Clemons TE, van Asten F, Wong WT, Danis RG, Sadda S, Rosenfeld PJ, Klein ML, Ratnapriya R, Swaroop A, Ferris FL 3rd, Chew EY; AREDS2… Read More

Progression of Geographic Atrophy in Age-related Macular Degeneration: AREDS2 Report Number 16.

Tamoxifen-Induced Apoptosis of MCF-7 Cells via GPR30/PI3K/MAPKs Interactions: Verification by ODE Modeling and RNA Sequencing.

Jul 28 2018 // PubMed ID: 30050469 Author(s): Rouhimoghadam M, Safarian S, Carroll JS, Sheibani N, Bidkhori G. Tamoxifen-Induced Apoptosis of MCF-7 Cells via GPR30/PI3K/MAPKs Interactions: Verification by ODE Modeling and RNA Sequencing. Front Physiol. 2018 Jul 11;9:907. doi:… Read More

Tamoxifen-Induced Apoptosis of MCF-7 Cells via GPR30/PI3K/MAPKs Interactions: Verification by ODE Modeling and RNA Sequencing.