Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Barbara E. K. Klein, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus



Affiliate Appointment

Department of Population Health

Research Interests

Epidemiologic research of age-related eye diseases and ocular complications of diabetes including glaucoma, cataract, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy

Research Highlights

Drs. Barbara and Ronald Klein have 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 (WESDR) and the Beaver Dam Eye Study (BDES) have produced countless publications for improving patient care for those with diabetes and age-related eye diseases. Their 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.

Drs. Barbara and Ronald Klein were honored in a publication titled, “The 100 Most Frequently Cited Articles in Ophthalmology Journals,” for having produced 7 total, with 3 of the top 5, of the 100 most cited articles in ophthalmology journals since 1975. They have been prolific in producing well over 1100 significant peer-reviewed manuscripts.


Fellowships: University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC; Glaucoma, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Residencies: Preventive Medicine, University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC; Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Internships: 1969-70 Bellevue Medical Center: New York University Hospital and Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital program, New York, NY

MPH 1971, University of North Carolina, School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, Chapel Hill, NC

MD 1969, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

BS 1965, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY