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.

Education Leadership

Marilyn C. Kay, MD

Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Co-Chair International Ophthalmology Committee, Associate Professor

Dr. Kay continues to build on our education program’s excellence for our residents, fellows and learners in ophthalmology. She brings many years of adult education experience to the post, having served as the residency program director earlier in her career at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Doctors Examine an Eye

Andrew Thliveris, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Resident Education, Residency Director

Dr. Thliveris primarily oversees the ophthalmology service at the William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital (VA), a key community partner in learning, where he has been Chief of Ophthalmology since 2007 and Assistant Chief of Surgery since 2008. He was integral in bringing multiple concepts of residency training to the national spotlight. It is impossible to separate his work at the VA from his resident teaching program initiatives as Residency Director and Vice Chair of Resident Education since 2014. Dr. Thliveris builds our program through positive patient outcomes and educational experiences.

Anna C. Momont, MD

Associate Residency Director, Assistant Professor

Dr. Momont works closely with the education team, residents and campus to facilitate outstanding ophthalmology experiences for our residents throughout their time with us in Madison. Dr. Momont also serves as the director of the Free Eye Clinic program, in collaboration with Combat Blindness International, providing monthly eye care services to those in need in the Madison area.

Ophthalmology Residents and Fellows

Learning, living and thriving at UW-Madison.

Residency Overview

  • 3-year program
  • International rotations
  • 3 residents selected per year
  • Robust staff support

EXPLORE RESIDENCY

Fellowships Overview

  • 1-2-year programs
  • Sub-specialty training in glaucoma, retina, cornea, comprehensive, pediatrics, oculoplastics and pathology

EXPLORE FELLOWSHIP

Our Current Residents

Randy Christopher Bowen, MD

Randy Christopher Bowen, MD

Resident, Class of 2019

Randy Christopher Bowen
Braden Burckhard, MD

Braden Burckhard, MD

Resident, Class of 2020

Braden Burckhard
Elaine Downie, MD

Elaine Downie, MD

Resident, Class 2021

Elaine Downie
Jacob Evans, MD

Jacob Evans, MD

Resident, Class 2021

Jacob Evans
Nathan Mathews, MD

Nathan Mathews, MD

Chief Resident, Class of 2019

Nathan Mathews
Meisha Raven, DO

Meisha Raven, DO

Resident, Class of 2020

Meisha Raven
Christopher Spearman, MD

Christopher Spearman, MD

Resident, Class of 2019

CSpearman@uwhealth.org

Christopher Spearman
Alana Trotter, MD

Alana Trotter, MD

Resident, Class of 2020

Alana Trotter
Maxwell Wingelaar, MD

Maxwell Wingelaar, MD

Resident, Class 2021

Maxwell Wingelaar

Education for Clinical Professionals

Grand Rounds

Residents and faculty present and discuss various case studies with the goal of improving clinical care practice. Held weekly throughout the year, Grand Rounds offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for ophthalmologists and Continuing Education (CE) credit for optometrists, as well as an online participation options. Fridays, 7 am

  • Science of Disease Rounds are presented twice per semester and highlight translational research. Fridays, 7 am
  • Visiting Professor Series occurs throughout the year.
Fri 19

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

October 19 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Fri 26

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds – Canceled

October 26 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Nov 02

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

November 2 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Nov 09

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

November 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Nov 16

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

RETINA WORKOUT

Held weekly immediately following Grand Rounds, Retina faculty provide a classic retinal pathology and treatment curriculum using a case presentation format. Fridays, 8 am

JOURNAL CLUBS–SPECIALTY SERVICE AND GENERAL

Informal evening meetings are held for practicing physicians and learners from the department and community to review current publications of trends and issues pertaining to the specific subspecialty. Monthly.

GLAUCOMA RESEARCH CONFERENCES

Clinical and basic scientists from several disciplines meet monthly to discuss glaucoma research and explore opportunities for translational collaboration. Monthly, first Tuesday, 10 am

LEARNER CONFERENCES

Resident and fellow-focused weekly conferences include:

  • Difficult Case Review Conference – Mondays, 7 am
  • Vitreoretinal Case Conference – Tuesdays, 7 am
  • Electroretinogram and Electrophysiology Case Review – Tuesdays, 8 am
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference – Bi-monthly, third Wednesday, 5:15 pm

COMPARATIVE OCULAR PATHOLOGY ROUNDS

A cross-functional meeting of the minds that examines animal and human pathologies to arrive at new discovery. Every other Wednesday, 8 am

Ophthalmology EDUCATION EVENTS Calendar

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Saving Sight Session | Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery: Fact vs. Fiction

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Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

Low Vision Lunch and Learn Session (INTERNAL: Rockford)

Resident Applicant Interviews (Not open to public)

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Low Vision Lunch and Learn Session (INTERNAL: University Station)

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Macular Degeneration Symposium

Low Vision Lunch and Learn Session (INTERNAL: Deming Way)

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Low Vision Lunch and Learn Session (INTERNAL: MEA)

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Low Vision Lunch and Learn Session (INTERNAL: University Station)

Iowa Refractive Course (Resident Event)

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

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Iowa Refractive Course (Resident Event)

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White Cane Safety Day

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Low Vision Lunch and Learn Session (INTERNAL: East Clinic)

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Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

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Ophthalmology Grand Rounds – Canceled

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

Ophthalmology Alumni Association Academy Reception

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

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American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

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