Eye Institute News
Dr. Heuer Reports on Increasing Popularity of Tubes to Treat Glaucoma
April 1 - In an article in Ophthalmology Times, Dale K. Heuer, MD reports the findings of the Tube vs. Trabeculectomy clinical trial that found that tubes are gaining in popularity over trabeculectomy and shunt implantation in the battle to prevent blindness from glaucoma because tubes offer a more predictable postoperative course.
Dr. Dale Heuer elected Member-at-Large for the American Glaucoma Society Board of Directors
Mar. 25 - Dale K. Heuer, MD, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology, has been elected a Member-at-Large for the American Glaucoma Society Board of Directors. His term runs from 2015-2018.
The American Glaucoma Society (AGS) is comprised of Glaucoma Specialists dedicated to sharing clinical and scientific information for the benefit of patients, colleagues, fellows and residents. The AGS has more than 1,000 members from more than 17 countries.
Dr. Besharse Receives $1.1 Million NIH Renewal Grant for Research Training Program in Vision
Mar 11 - Joseph Besharse, PhD, received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Eye Institute to continue support for a research training program in vision science. BizTimes
National News Outlets Report on Surgery for Milwaukee Bucks Star
Feb 18 - More than 60 news outlets nationwide reported that Dr. Gerald Harris performed successful surgery to repair orbital bone fractures on Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders. Fox Sports Wisconsin
Glaucoma Research Foundation Names Dr. Dubra to Catalyst for a Cure Biomarker Initiative
Feb 12 - Alfredo Dubra, PhD, is one of four principal Investigators of the Catalyst for a Cure Biomarker Initiative sponsored by the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Ophthalmology Times
12 Eye Institute physicians named to Best Doctors list
Jan 30 - A total of 446 Medical College of Wisconsin faculty physicians, representing 63 specialties, are listed on the Best Doctors® in America list for 2014. The physicians named to this list represent the top five percent of the nation’s practicing board-certified physicians, and are selected for inclusion through a peer-review by thousands of doctors nationwide.
Dr. Judy Kim appointed to National Eye Health Education Program Planning Committee
Jan. 28 - Judy E. Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, has been appointed to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) Planning Committee, which advises the staff of the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institutes of Health on the overall development, implementation and evaluation of NEHEP activities.
Dr. Simons Unanimously Reelected Chair of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
Jan 28 - Dr. Ken Simons was unanimously reelected chair of the State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. Wisconsin Medical Society
Pioneering Eye Care Benefits Generations
Dec 31 - Drs. Thomas Connor and Alfredo Dubra are featured in MCW's annual report, discussing how clinical trials performed at the Eye Institute have shaped the treatment strategy for diabetic retinopathy, and how current research could change the future of treatments again.
The Evolution of Imaging: Seeing Deeper and Clearer
Dec 11 - An article in Optometry Today describes the world-class retinal imaging developed at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Joseph Carroll, PhD, the Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professor; and Alfredo Dubra, PhD, co-directors of the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program, developed adaptive optics systems for researchers in London and across the globe. Optometry Today
Researchers strive to save sight of preemies
Oct. 28 - It is estimated that one in every 100 children who enter the neonatal intensive care unit at birth will go blind due to a disease called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Aided by a $300,000 grant from the Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Joseph Carroll, PhD and Debbie Costakos, MD are trying to save the sight of infants with ROP before they go blind.
Research team receives grant to explore vision at the cellular level
Sept. 10 - Joseph Carroll, PhD and an Eye Institute research team have received a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to study the causes and progression of eye diseases at the cellular level.
Dr. Conto featured in M Magazine
Sept. 1 - John Conto, OD, FAAO discusses strategies for avoiding common eye problems in a short article in the September Issue of Milwaukee's M Magazine.
Dr. Kenneth Simons elected Chair of Medical Examining Board
Jul 29 - Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation, and a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been elected chairman of the State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
Jul 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a grant of $110,000 from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Dale K. Heuer, MD, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology. An article on this award was also featured in WauwatosaNOW
The Shaw Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation funds research of vision problems in premature babies
Jul 09 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four year, $300,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to study retinopathy in premature infants. An article on this award was also featured in the BizTimes.
Dr. Judy Kim appointed to editorial board of JAMA Ophthalmology
June 26 - Judy E. Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, has been appointed to the editorial board of JAMA Ophthalmology. Her term begins July 1, 2013.
Estate gift from former patient funds diabetic retinopathy, other vision research at MCW
Jun 11 - In appreciation for the care he received at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Eye Institute, Charles F. Hofbauer established a planned gift known as a charitable remainder unitrust in 1996 to support retinal disease research. When he died in November 2012, the unitrust resulted in a donation of nearly $100,000 that will provide funding to faculty ophthalmologist Judy E. Kim, MD, for her diabetic retinopathy research and to the Eye Institute’s retinal research team.
Catherine and Walter Lindsay Fund grant supports collaborative eye imaging program
June 04 - A charitable fund with a history of helping the visually impaired is providing $100,000 to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Eye Institute to further develop a research program that is turning new discoveries into improved treatments for patients. The grant from the Catherine and Walter Lindsay Foundation Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is supporting the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program (AOIP), which the Fund’s previous generosity helped establish at MCW.
Dr. Kenneth Simons named to National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors
June 03 - Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been named a board member of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Dr. Jonathan Skarie receives award for clinical excellence
May 23 - Dr. Jonathan Skarie, an Eye Institute resident, received The Jessica S. Lin Award for Clinical Excellence by a Resident Physician. This award is presented by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) to a resident physician in recognition of outstanding contributions to patient care. Ophthalmology Residency Program Director Dr. Bhavna Sheth nominated Dr. Skarie, noting that he “has excelled in numerous areas and embodies all of the characteristics of the ideal physician.”
11 Eye Institute physicians named to Best Doctors list
Feb 4 - A total of 458 Medical College of Wisconsin faculty physicians, representing 63 specialties, are listed on the Best Doctors® in America 2013–2014 database. The physicians named to this list represent the top five percent of the nation’s practicing board-certified physicians, and are selected for inclusion through a peer-review by thousands of doctors nationwide.
Dr. Ken Simons named Vice-Chair of state Medical Examining Board
Jan 30 - Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology, Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Executive Director and Designated Institutional Official of Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH), and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation, has been named Vice-Chair of the 13-member Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB). It is a one-year term.
Dr. Dale Heuer receives Life Achievement Honor Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology
Dec. 07 - Dale K. Heuer, MD, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology, is one of nine ophthalmologists nationwide selected to receive the Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Heuer received the award at the AAO annual meeting last month in Chicago.
In becoming the Medical College of Wisconsin’s archivist, Dr. Walter Gager combines his interest in historical research, his writing and his alumni roots. His volunteer efforts are helping preserve the unique heritage of the Medical College and its faculty, staff and students.
President’s Diversity Award announced
Nov. 16 - Kweku Grant-Acquah, MD, an Ophthalmology resident, and Regina Cole, Lab Manager in the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, were chosen to receive the 2012 President’s Diversity Award. Cole and Dr. Grant-Acquah will be honored at a special reception on Nov. 2.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s President’s Office, in partnership with the Diversity Advisory Committee, established the President’s Diversity Award to honor individuals or groups from MCW and the community at large who have contributed to making the College a more inclusive and diverse environment.
The Diversity Awards Selection Committee selects up to two award recipients each year – one in a Student/Resident/Faculty category and one in a Staff/Community Partner category. Recipients receive a $2,500 award and have their names inscribed on a plaque.
Peters Foundation sets sights on Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at Eye Institute
Oct. 25 - The R.D. and Linda Peters Foundation has long supported innovation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute. Its latest gift of $50,000 is no exception, helping develop and expand technologies that unlock entirely new opportunities to conduct vision research and improve patient care.
Gerald Harris, MD, FACS recognized for 35 years of service to MCW
Sept 12 - Dr. Gerald Harris is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery. When Dr. Harris joined the faculty at MCW, he was among the first full-time academic oculoplastic surgeons in the United States. With a primary commitment to the surgical care of his patients, Dr. Harris has also made scholarly contributions in the areas of orbital disease and eyelid reconstruction. His publications include 137 original articles and book chapters, as well as the recently published Atlas of Oculofacial Reconstruction. He has delivered 107 invited lectures at institutions and societies worldwide and was honored as the Wendell L. Hughes Lecturer by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
William J. O'Brien, PhD retires after 41 years of service
Sept. 7 - Bill O’Brien, PhD retired 41 years, to the day, since he first came to MCW. He received his PhD in what was then the Department of Microbiology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology, after which he joined the faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology before construction was initiated on the Eye Institute building, which currently houses the Department. Dr. O’Brien is the longest-serving faculty member in Ophthalmology. He has received longstanding support from the National Eye Institute for his research on herpesvirus infections of the cornea, and has been an active member of the campus-wide vision science research group. For most of the 35-year history of an NEI Core Grant awarded to the Department, Dr. O’Brien has directed one of the Core Modules that provides eye research infrastructure. He also provided leadership during the drafting of an NIH construction grant used to develop Eye Institute research laboratories.
July 30 - Joseph Carroll, PhD, and Alfredo Dubra, PhD explain how they are using an advanced technology to take extremely detailed images of the retina. This research will contribute information that may lead to new treatments for eye diseases like Retinitis Pigmentosa. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dr. Dale Heuer and Dr. Judy Kim listed on the US News Top Doctors list
July 18 - Drs. Heuer and Kim were among the forty seven Medical College of Wisconsin doctors who were included in the U.S. News Top Doctors list. The list, which includes 110 doctors from Wisconsin, was published in the July 18 online version of U.S. News & World Report. MCW physicians represented 42.7% of the Wisconsin doctors listed, and 94% of the Southeast Wisconsin physicians named to the list.
The list was compiled by U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors®. Doctors are nominated by their peers and reviewed by a physician-led research team. Doctors cannot nominate themselves.
Alumnus Dr. Randall Beatty is serving as the ophthalmic consultant for Afghanistan at the theatre trauma center at Bagram Air Field.
Conceived first as an astronomy technique to view space more clearly, then as a method for acquiring better satellite pictures, adaptive optics is redefining what is possible in ocular imaging. Dr. Joseph Carroll is helping build a unique program at the Medical College and is a key member of the first team to image the tiny rods of the eye.
Aug. 09 - A research team that includes Joseph J. Carroll, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Adam Dubis, Research Assistant in Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, has imaged the tiny light-sensing cells known as rods in the living eye for the first time. This innovation, described in a recent paper in the Optical Society's (OSA) open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, will help doctors diagnose degenerative eye disorders sooner, leading to quicker intervention and more effective treatments.