Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS

Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Eye Institute
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Wisconsin
925 N 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
Phone: (414) 955-2020
Fax: (414) 955-6300
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Current Research Interests

Retinopathy of prematurity
Ocular imaging in infants
Genetic eye disorders


Undergraduate: BS, Biochemistry, The Ohio State University
Graduate: MS, Genetic Counseling, University of South Carolina
Medical: MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Fellowship: Pediatric Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Brief Biographical Information

I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. As a child, I saw my first surgery when a veterinarian let me watch an operation on my cat. As a teenager, I developed appendicitis and convinced the surgeon to let me keep my appendix in a jar. In college, a genetics course sparked my interest in metabolic diseases, which are sometimes diagnosed by eye findings. During my time as a genetic counselor, I was able to work with pediatric ophthalmologists to diagnose genetic diseases. I was also involved in prenatal diagnosis and witnessed amazing advances in genetics and premature infant care. Now, I’m honored to care for premature babies and patients that have heritable disorders. I am privileged to have been taught and to teach clinical and surgical skills that help save and improve vision. I love being a part of a research and medical team working on innovation and advancements.

My favorite structure in the eye

Eye muscles. The muscles in the eye intricately work together to give both eyes optimal vision and to allow the brain to see 3-D. They can keep the eyes still or respond quickly to sudden movements in the periphery. They allow the eyes to follow a shooting star across the sky or a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers into the end zone.


Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Eye Institute
925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: 414-955-AOIP (2647)
Fax: 414-955-6690
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