Ophthalmology/Eye Institute

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Steven B. Koenig, MDSteven B. Koenig, MD
Voted Best Doctor 2014Professor of Ophthalmology

Phone: (414) 955-2020
FAX: (414) 955-6300
E-mail: skoenig@mcw.edu
website: www.lasikmcw.com



The Eye Institute
925 N. 87th St.
Milwaukee, WI. 53226 

Dr. Koenig joined the faculty of the Eye Institute in 1983 and was promoted to Full Professor in 1988.  His practice includes cataract, corneal and refractive surgery (LASIK) with a strong emphasis on laser vision correction, one-stitch corneal transplantation (DSAEK & DMEK) and no-stitch cataract surgery (learn more on his website).  He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, has received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and was elected to the Cornea Society, a distinguished professional society of corneal surgeons.  Dr. Koenig has served as a scientific referee for all the major ophthalmology journals and has served as an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.  He has been at the forefront of new corneal transplantation techniques such as DSAEK and has published extensively in this area, having nearly 100 articles published in the scientific literature.

Dr. Koenig has participated in the training of a number of ophthalmologists and corneal surgeons and has been repeatedly selected by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”  Dr. Koenig recently stated, “As an ophthalmologist, I am frequently consulted by other doctors about the need for surgical correction of various eye diseases.  In advising patients, I draw upon my 30 years of clinical experience, fellowship training in corneal surgery, and a conservative medical philosophy.  After listening to patients complaints and performing a thorough examination, I will typically offer patients a step-ladder approach, outline therapeutic options, and allow them to participate in their own care.”

Patient Care Emphasis

  • Advanced Keratoconus
  • No Stitch Cataract Surgery (Standard IOL, ReSTOR Multifocal IOL & Toric Astigmatism Correcting IOL)
  • Corneal Trauma
  • One-Stitch Corneal Transplantation (DSAEK & DMEK)
  • DALK
  • Intacs
  • Fuchs' Dystrophy
  • Phototherapeutic Keratectomy (PTK)
  • Refractive Surgery (LASIK & PRK)

Honors and Society Memberships

  • Listed in Best Doctors in America 1996-present
  • Listed in Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors, 2012
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Cornea Society
  • Member, Eye Bank Association of America
  • Member, Midwest Cornea Association
  • Member, International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  •  MD, Cornell University Medical School, New York, NY

Post Graduate Training

  • Internship, Dartmouth-Mary Hitchcock Hospital, Lebanon, NH
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship, Corneal and Refractive Surgery, Louisiana State University Eye Center, New Orleans, LA

Recent Publications

Koenig SB. Long-term corneal clarity after spontaneous repair of an iatrogenic descemetorhexis in a patient with Fuchs dystrophy. Cornea. 2013 Jun;32(6):886-8.

Koenig SB. Delayed massive suprachoroidal hemorrhage after Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea. 2011 Jul;30(7):818-9.

Koenig SB. A simple technique to improve centration during trephination of the donor lenticula in DSAEK. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2010 Jul-Aug;41(4):485-6.

Koenig SB. Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty in the phakic eye. Cornea. 2010 May;29(5):531-3.

Kumar RL, Koenig SB, Covert DJ. Corneal sensation after Descemet stripping and automated endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea. 2010 Jan;29(1):13-8.

Covert DJ, Henry CR, Koenig SB. Intraocular lens power selection in the second eye of patients undergoing bilateral, sequential cataract extraction.
Ophthalmology. 2010 Jan;117(1):49-54. Epub 2009 Oct 7.

Koenig SB, McDermott ML, Simons KB. Nonimmunologic graft failure after Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) for presumed amantadine-induced corneal edema. Eye Contact Lens. 2009 Jul;35(4):209-11. 

Koenig SB, Wirostko WJ, Fish RI, Covert DJ. Candida keratitis after Descemet stripping and automated endothelial keratoplasty. Cornea. 2009 May;28(4):471-3.

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