Ophthalmology/Eye Institute

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Kimberly E. Stepien, MDKimberly E. Stepien, MD
Voted Best Doctor 2014Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Retina and Vitreous Surgery
Phone: (414) 955-2020
FAX: (414) 955-6300
E-mail: kstepien@mcw.edu



The Eye Institute            Westbrook Health Center
925 N. 87th St.                2315 E. Moreland Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI. 53226    Waukesha, WI 53186

Patient Care Emphasis

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous
  • Hereditary and Degenerative Eye Disease
  • Macular Diseases
  • Uveitis

Current Research Interests

  • Hereditary and Degenerative Eye Diseases

Honors and Society Memberships

  • Listed in Best Doctors in America 2013-2014
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, American Society of Retinal Specialists
  • Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Member, Milwaukee Ophthalmological Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity


  • MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

Post Graduate Training

  • Internship, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, WI
  • Residency, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Fellowship, Medical Retina, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Recent Publications

Kay DB, Land ME, Cooper RF, Dubis AM, Godara P, Dubra A, Carroll J, Stepien KE. Outer retinal structure in best vitelliform macular dystrophy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Sep;131(9):1207-15.

Bhende M, Hegde S, Sen PR, Sisk RA, Stepien K. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges. Retina. 2013 Sep;33(8):1720-5.

Syed R, Sundquist SM, Ratnam K, Zayit-Soudry S, Zhang Y, Crawford JB, MacDonald IM, Godara P, Rha J, Carroll J, Roorda A, Stepien KE, Duncan JL. High-resolution images of retinal structure in patients with choroideremia. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Feb 1;54(2):950-61.

Carroll J, Dubra A, Gardner JC, Mizrahi-Meissonnier L, Cooper RF, Dubis AM, Nordgren R, Genead M, Connor TB Jr, Stepien KE, Sharon D, Hunt DM, Banin E, Hardcastle AJ, Moore AT, Williams DR, Fishman G, Neitz J, Neitz M, Michaelides M. The effect of cone opsin mutations on retinal structure and the integrity of the photoreceptor mosaic. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Dec 5;53(13):8006-15.

Stepien KE, Martinez WM, Dubis AM, Cooper RF, Dubra A, Carroll J. Subclinical photoreceptor disruption in response to severe head trauma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Mar;130(3):400-2.

Adam MK, Covert DJ, Stepien KE, Han DP. Quantitative assessment of the 103-hexagon multifocal electroretinogram in detection of hydroxychloroquine retinal toxicity. Br J Ophthalmol. 2012 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Godara P, Wagner-Schuman M, Rha J, Connor TB Jr, Stepien KE, Carroll J. Imaging the photoreceptor mosaic with adaptive optics: beyond counting cones. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2012;723:451-8.

Bhatt SS, Stepien KE, Joshi K. Prophylactic antibiotic use after intravitreal injection: effect on endophthalmitis rate. Retina. 2011 Nov;31(10):2032-6.

Odell D, Dubis AM, Lever JF, Stepien KE, Carroll J. Assessing Errors Inherent in OCT-Derived Macular Thickness Maps. J Ophthalmol. 2011;2011:692574. Epub 2011 Aug 17.

Stepien KE, Carroll J. Using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography to follow outer retinal structure changes in a patient with recurrent punctate inner choroidopathy. J Ophthalmol. 2011;2011:753741. Epub 2011 Jul 10.

McAllister JT, Dubis AM, Tait DM, Ostler S, Rha J, Stepien KE, Summers CG, Carroll J. Arrested development: high-resolution imaging of foveal morphology in albinism. Vision Res. 2010 Apr 7;50(8):810-7. Epub 2010 Feb 10.

Tanna H, Dubis AM, Ayub N, Tait DM, Rha J, Stepien KE, Carroll J. Retinal imaging using commercial broadband optical coherence tomography. Br J Ophthalmol. 2010 Mar;94(3):372-6. Epub 2009 Sep 21.

Stepien KE, Han DP, Schell J, Godara P, Rha J, Carroll J. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography and adaptive optics may detect hydroxychloroquine retinal toxicity before symptomatic vision loss. Trans Am Ophthalmol Soc. 2009 Dec;107:28-33.

Stepien KE, Rosenfeld PJ, Puliafito CA, Feuer W, Shi W, Al-Attar L, Dubovy SR, Murray TG, Davis JL, Lee WH, Schwartz SG, Smiddy WE, Berrocal AM, Flynn HW Jr. Comparison of intravitreal bevacizumab followed by ranibizumab for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Retina. 2009 Sep;29(8):1067-73.

Stepien KE, Eaton AM, Jaffe GJ, Davis JL, Raja J, Feuer W. Increased incidence of sterile endophthalmitis after intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide in spring 2006. Retina. 2009 Feb;29(2):207-13.


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