For the past 50 years, we have been a leader in the mission to improve vision-related quality of life for people across the globe.

Your generous support makes it possible to not only continue this work but also to advance research and grow the educational opportunities that prepare our learners – medical students, residents, fellows, doctoral and post-doctoral students – to lead clinical care and vision research today and for years to come.

Together, we can respond to emerging needs by supporting facility improvements, research, professional travel, wellness activities, and everything in between.

Your gift of any size helps us remain learner-focused and mission driven. Gifts to our department are made through our philanthropic entity, the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

To help advance a current priority need, consider making a gift to the Ophthalmology Teaching Enhancement Fund.


Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Annual Forward Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide flexible support for strategic investments in programs, projects, and activities that enhance, expand, and advance the overall mission of the department.

Ophthalmology Teaching Enhancement Fund
Supports the greatest needs of the medical students, residency and fellowship program, receptions, entertainment, and other functions considered to be team or morale building in nature.

Ophthalmology Continuing Education Fund
Established by the University of Wisconsin Foundation with contributions from alumni and friends to aid the department in its teaching, research and public service roles.

Ophthalmology Surgical Skills Training Facility Fund
Supports the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences surgical teaching laboratory including maintenance of lab equipment and purchase of lab supplies and educational materials. Residents, fellows, and community members benefit from the use of this state-of-the-art facility.

Veterinary Ophthalmology Fund
Supports the veterinary ophthalmology program at the School of Veterinary Medicine in its teaching, research, and public service roles.

Fellowship Funds

Expanding Our Vision Fund
Supports the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in exploring new projects in patient care, research and education in the hope of eliminating vision loss.

Koch, Albert E. and Florence Endowed Ophthalmology Research Fund
Supports medical research relating to glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, and macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration General Research Fund
Supports general Macular Degeneration Research activities within the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Madisen, Arra, and James Research Fund
Supports the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences eye research.

Ivy Dreizin Memorial Fund
Supports outstanding learners who attend a neuro-ophthalmology conference and introduce learners to neuro-ophthalmology topics.

Kushner Lecture Endowed Fund
Honors and recognizes Dr. Burt Kushner’s contributions to pediatric ophthalmology through an annual continuing education lecture in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Matthew D. Davis Chair Fund in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Established by Daniel M and Eleanor Albert in honor of Matthew D. Davis to be used at the discretion of the department chair.

Richard K. Dortzbach Professorship Fund in Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Created to honor Dr. Dortzbach, a special surgeon, mentor, leader, and friend to provide for research and education in the subspecialty of ophthalmic facial plastic surgery.

Ophthalmology Department Building Fund
Supports construction of a new eye building or reconstruction of existing space for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Cecil Martin

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If you would like to make a donation to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences that is not included on this list, please contact:

Cecil Martin
Director of Development