Suzanne W. van Landingham, MD

Suzanne W. van Landingham, MD

Assistant Professor



Oculoplastic, orbital, and facial cosmetic surgery

Medical and Surgical Interests

  • Adult and pediatric eyelid, orbital and lacrimal disorders
  • Botox®, fillers
  • Cosmetic laser procedures
  • Cosmetic oculofacial surgery
  • Eyelid reconstruction
  • Facial nerve palsy, synkinesis
  • Thyroid eye disease

Research Interests

  • Big data in ophthalmology – SOURCE and IRIS eye disease registries
  • Facial nerve injury and facial synkinesis
  • Functional impact of ophthalmic and adnexal disease, including the impact of vision loss on driving
  • Clinical trials in thyroid eye disease

Research Highlights

Dr. van Landingham is an expert in oculoplastic surgery with research interests in applications of big data in eye research, ophthalmology telehealth, the functional impact of vision loss, and treatment of facial synkinesis. Past work has assessed the impact of vision loss on falls and physical activity using large databases, including the publicly available National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and real-world activity measurement. 

She recently co-published an extensive review on physical therapy as an effective treatment and rehabilitation of those afflicted with facial nerve palsy. They concluded that a multidisciplinary approach must be taken with these patients and that facial neuromuscular training (NMR) as well as botulinum toxin injections may be beneficial in improving facial movements.
Physical therapy for facial nerve palsy: applications for the physician

Ongoing work includes integration of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s IRIS (Intelligent Research in Sight) registry at UW, evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on ophthalmic care, and establishing best practices in oculoplastic telemedicine.


Fellowship: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Residency: Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD