Barbara Klein, MD, MPH, International Leader in Epidemiologic Research, Announces Retirement

Barbara Klein, MD, MPH, has announced her retirement from the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Klein’s last day is July 5, 2021.

Dr. Klein has had a significant impact on the field of ophthalmic epidemiology nationally and internationally. The population-based epidemiological research resulting from the Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy and the Beaver Dam Eye Study have produced countless publications for improving patient care for those with diabetes and age-related eye diseases. Dr. Klein’s work has been foundational for the development of many disease severity protocols used in the grading of ocular photographs used worldwide, while also training and mentoring young researchers and post-doctoral students from across the globe.

Dr. Klein earned her medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine and spent her internship year at Bellevue Medical Center, both in New York City. Dr. Klein earned her MPH with the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill. She then completed two residencies: preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital and ophthalmology at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), followed by a fellowship in glaucoma at UWHC.

“We celebrate this unique opportunity to acknowledge our collective gratitude to Ronald and Barbara Klein for their extraordinary contribution to clinical ocular epidemiology and ophthalmic research.”

– 2021 ARVO Annual Meeting