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Dale K Heuer MD


Dale K. Heuer, MD

Professor & Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Director, Eye Institute


  • The Eye Institute - Froedtert Hospital
  • 925 N. 87th St.
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Dr. Dale K. Heuer received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and a two-year National Research Service Award-funded glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine. He served on the full-time faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine (1984-1986) and University of Southern California School of Medicine (1986-1997). Since 1997, Dr. Heuer has been professor and chair of ophthalmology at MCW, where he also serves as the director of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute.

He has published extensively on the use of conventional filtering procedures with newer aqueous shunt procedures and wound-healing modulation for the management of glaucomas with poor surgical prognoses. Dr. Heuer has participated in several glaucoma clinical trials, including three landmark studies on various treatment effectiveness and options; he is also one of the three vice chairs of the National Eye Institute-sponsored Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study.

Dr. Heuer currently serves in the following capacities: board director for the American Board of Ophthalmology; member-at-large on the American Glaucoma Society Board of Directors; member of the Safety & Data Monitoring Committees of the Ahmed-Baerveldt Comparison Study and Primary Tube Versus Trabeculectomy Study; and consulting member of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Ophthalmic Device Panel. He was the founding board chair and former board member for Friends for Health in Haiti.

Honors and Awards

Vice President, American Glaucoma Society
Vice Chair, American Board of Ophthalmology
Best Doctors in America, 1992 to present
Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (1990)
Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2000)
Academic Champion Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology State Governmental Affairs (2001)
Secretariat Award (from the Secretary for Annual Meeting), American Academy of Ophthalmology (2007)
Secretariat Award (from the Chief Medical Editor, EyeNet), American Academy of Ophthalmology (2007)
Secretariat Award (from the Secretary for Federal Affairs), American Academy of Ophthalmology (2016)
Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Member, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
Member, Christian Medical and Dental Society
Member, Glaucoma Research Society
Member, Milwaukee Ophthalmological Society
Member, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
Member, Research to Prevent Blindness
Member, Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology


MD, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
Postgraduate Training
Internship, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI
Residency and Chief Residency, Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin - Eye Institute, Milwaukee, WI
Clinical and Research Fellowships, Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL

Research Interests

  • Vice-Chair, National Eye Institute-funded Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study
  • Surgical Management of Glaucoma
  • Initial Treatment of Glaucoma
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Normal-Pressure Glaucoma