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, Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship Director

Barbara A. Blodi, MD

Matthew D. Davis Professor, Wisconsin Reading Center Medical Director

Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD

John W. Doolittle Pediatric Ophthalmology Professor

Curtis R. Brandt, PhD

UW Medical Foundation Professor; Vice Chair of Research

Jonathan S. Chang, MD

Assistant Professor; Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship Assistant Director

Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Neuro-ophthalmology Service Chief

Amitha Domalpally, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Wisconsin Reading Center Research Director

David M. Gamm, MD, PhD

Professor, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute

Justin L. Gottlieb, MD

Professor, Retina Service Chief

Gregg A. Heatley, MD, MMM

Professor, Glaucoma Service Chief, Director of Quality and Improvement

Paul L. Kaufman, MD

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

Daniel W. Knoch, MD

Professor, Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Director of Medical Student Education

Yao Liu, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Director of Teleophthalmology

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

Richard K. Dortzbach Professor of Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery, Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service Chief, UW Health University Station Eye Clinic Medical Director

Colleen M. McDowell, PhD

William and Phyllis Huffman Research Professor

Alexander R. Miranda, MD

Assistant Professor, Director of Informatics

Mihai Mititelu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Clinical Eye Research Unit Medical Director

Anna C. Momont, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Director

Sanbrita Mondal, OD

Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Director of the Low Vision Clinic

Sarah M. Nehls, MD

Professor, Cornea and Anterior Segment Service Chief

Robert W. Nickells, PhD

Frederick A. Davis Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Professor

Heather A. D. Potter, MD

Professor, Ophthalmic Pathology Service Chief

Shilpa G. Reddy, MD

Assistant Professor, Wellness Director

Stephen K. Sauer, MD

Associate Professor, Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service Chief

Nader Sheibani, PhD

Professor, Retina Research Foundation Alice R. McPherson Research Chair

Kimberly E. Stepien, MD

Professor, Co-Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs

Andrew T. Thliveris, MD, PhD

Professor, Vice Chair of Resident Education, Veterans Affairs Hospital Service Chief

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA, FARVO

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

Administrative and University Staff

Angie M. Adler

Study Coordinator and Regulatory Specialist


(608) 265-7557

Hannah Baker, MA

Coordinator of Clinical Fellowships and Global Ophthalmology Initiatives, Clinical Adjunct Faculty and Faculty Pre-Promotion Oversight


(608) 263-4157

James M. Baliker

Senior Information Processing Consultant


(608) 890-0334

Kelsey Bartlett

Executive Assistant to the Chair and Faculty Promotions Coordinator


(608) 263-9797

Wendy K. Benz

Senior Research Specialist


(608) 262-8377

Kelly Boyd

CERU Study Coordinator


(608) 265-4589

Karen Bradley, RN, BSN

Ophthalmology Clinic Manager, UW Health Clinics

Linda Callow, CPA, MBA

Department Administrator


(608) 262-8070

Meghan Cigale

Payroll and Benefits Specialist


(608) 263-5765

Darla Coullard

Study Coordinator, ERG specialist


Pamela A. Cromell

Residency Program Coordinator



Andrew Dieu

Pre-residency Ocular Imaging/Ocular Pathology Fellow


Tony S. Fairbanks

Inform Process Consultant


(608) 263-5703

Sarah Ferguson

Research Specialist


(608) 262-8055

Christopher J. Geier

Director of Information Technology


(608) 263-6641

Gjyzeli (Anthony) Genti

Pre-residency Ocular Imaging/Ocular Pathology Fellow


Stephany Georgeson

Honorary Associate, Fellow

Michael Hall

Software Developer


(608) 265-4640

Bianca Johnson

Marketing Outreach Coordinator


(608) 262-2110

Alexander W. Katz

Research Specialist


(608) 262-5751

Audra Keith

Administrative Support Assistant - Retina


(608) 263-9338

Michele M. Kempfer

Administrative Support Supervisor


(608) 262-9092

Charlene Kim

Associate Scientist


(608) 263-9466

Aaron W. Kolb

Assistant Researcher


(608) 262-8055

Amanda Lacy

Administrative Support Assistant - Oculoplastics


(608) 263-4823

Sarah Lamartina

Research Specialist


(608) 265-8046

Tanya Lamontagne

UW Health Optical Operations

Inna V. Larsen

Research Administrator, Vision Core & T32 Administrator


(608) 265-2572

Kristin Larson

External Relations Coordinator


(608) 262-8584

Allie Lippitt

Administrative Support Assistant - Glaucoma, Oculoplastics and Neuro-ophthalmology


(608) 263-4823

Zhe (Jason) Liu

Associate Researcher


(608) 265-3719

Cheryl Nagel, LPN

Ophthalmology Clinic Manager, UW Health Clinics

Lisa Nelson, CPC

Coding Coordinator


(608) 720-3231

Brittany Nelson

Administrative Support Assistant - Cornea and Retina


(608) 262-2515

Adam J. Paulsen

Associate Researcher


(608) 263-4603

Brian Payne

Associate Research Specialist


(608) 890-0156

David Perez

IT Specialist


(608) 262-3214

Jennie R. Perry-Raymond

Clinical Eye Research Unit Administrator


(608) 265-4659

Patricia Peterman

Administrative Support Assistant - Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus


(608) 263-6429

David A. Pillath

Graduate Medical Education Coordinator


(608) 263-1481

Susan Powers, RN, BSN, CNOR

Ophthalmology Clinic Manager, UW Health Eye Clinic - Rockford

Jenniffer R. Priebe

Administrative Support Assistant - Retina and Research


(608) 265-6546

Jenny A. Pulvermacher

Administrative Support Assistant - Comprehensive


(608) 263-1480

Brianna Quam, MBA, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Manager - SMPH


(608) 265-4335

Diana Renderos

Human Resources Business Partner - SMPH


(608) 263-1413

Alex Scaffidi

Medical Education Program Coordinator


(715) 347-4949

Tetyana Schneider, PhD

Director of Education and Faculty Development


(608) 262-5066

Steven Shen

Pre-residency Ocular Imaging/Ocular Pathology Fellow


Christopher M. Smith

Study Coordinator and Photographer


(608) 263-7169

Jesse Ward

Ocular Disease Evaluator


Justin Yonkie

Medical Coding Specialist


(608) 720-6514

Paul Zellmer, MHA

Director of UW Health Ambulatory Operations

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.

The Association of Psychological Well-Being With Sensory and Cognitive Function and Neuronal Health in Aging Adults.

Oct 08 2021

PubMed ID: 34620009 Author(s): Merten N, Pinto AA, Paulsen AJ, Chen Y, Dillard LK, Fischer ME, Ryff CD, Schubert CR, Cruickshanks KJ. The Association of Psychological Well-Being With Sensory and Cognitive Function and Neuronal Health…

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Ophthalmic manifestations in Costello syndrome caused by Ras pathway dysregulation during development.

Oct 06 2021

PubMed ID: 34612139 Author(s): Shankar SP, Fallurin R, Watson T, Shankar PR, Young TL, Orel-Bixler D, Rauen KA. Ophthalmic manifestations in Costello syndrome caused by Ras pathway dysregulation during development. Ophthalmic Genet. 2021 Oct 6:1-10.…

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Telemedicine Use by Oculoplastic Surgeons During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sep 29 2021

PubMed ID: 34591712 Author(s): Lelli GJ, Luo S, Liu Y, van Landingham SW. Telemedicine Use by Oculoplastic Surgeons During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Telemed J E Health. 2021 Sep 29. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2021.0307. [Epub ahead of print]…

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