Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Our Services 

Patients and physicians alike look to the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Eye Program — both home to doctors of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences — for help with the most complicated eye diseases. We are passionate about eyesight. Whether it's a child born with eye problems, an adult dealing with vision challenges, a worker recovering from an eye-damaging accident or a senior facing the problems of aging — we are committed to preserving, improving and restoring our patients' vision. 
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Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Optometry

The physicians, optometrists and staff of the Eye Institute provide the most comprehensive eye care in southeastern Wisconsin, from routine checkups to emergency care, from simple cataract surgeries to the most advanced eye surgery, and from proven rehabilitation techniques to novel therapies.

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Judy Hoggatt, MD

Assistant Professor

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Kenneth B. Simons, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology

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John Suson, MD

Assistant Professor

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Geoffrey Owen Wilkes, MD

Assistant Professor

Optometry

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Jane Bachman Groth, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor

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John Elliot Conto, OD, FAAO

Assistant Professor

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Beth Nicole Healy, OD

Optometrist

Cornea Disorders

The Eye Institute offers clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of disorders affecting the cornea. We provide patients with a variety of surgical and medical options for treating pediatric and adult cataracts and corneal disorders, including Fuchs’ dystrophy, corneal edema and corneal scarring. The Eye Institute also provides corneal cross-linking, a recently FDA-approved treatment for keratoconus.

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Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology

Eye and Orbital Cancer

Cancers of the eye or eye socket threaten not only a person’s vision, but his or her life as well. The specialist physicians in the Eye/Orbital Cancer Program at the Eye Institute provide comprehensive care for patients with these diseases. Learn more at froedtert.com.

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Neda Esmaili, MD

Assistant Professor

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Gregory J. Griepentrog, MD

Associate Professor

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Sang Hun Hong, MD

Assistant Professor

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Timothy Scott Wells, MD, MS

Associate Professor

Glaucoma

The Eye Institute provides comprehensive evaluation and management of glaucoma, a group of diseases in which too high pressure inside the eyeball can gradually damage the nerve that connects the eye to the brain leading to blindness.

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Dale K. Heuer, MD

Chair, Professor

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Catherine Thuruthumaly, MD

Assistant Professor

Neuro-Ophthalmology

Good vision is not just the result of healthy eyes; it also depends on an healthy link between the eyes and the vision centers of the brain. The Eye Institute provides services for diagnosing and treating diseases that affect anatomical structures behind the eyes, which can cause symptoms such as blurred vision, double vision, asymmetrical pupils, eyelid or facial contractures, eye or head pain and unexplained vision loss. Learn more at froedtert.com.

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Sang Hun Hong, MD

Assistant Professor

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Andrea Stahulak, MD

Assistant Professor

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Ryan D. Walsh, MD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology

Pediatric Vision Care and Adult Strabismus

Pediatric ophthalmology services for eye problems in infants and children such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease and oculoplastic conditions (droopy eyelid, orbital problems) are provided by collaboration between our pediatric ophthalmologists and optometrists, who see patients through Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and specialists at the Eye Institute. Learn more at chw.org. Some of these ophthalmologists also treat adult strabismus, which is defined as misalignment of the eyes. It is commonly termed wandering eye, crossed eye or lazy eye.

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Smith Ann Meile Chisholm, MD

Assistant Professor

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Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS

Associate Professor

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Iris S. Kassem, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Alexander Joseph Khammar, MD

Associate Professor

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Jamie Weiser, OD

Instructor

Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery

The structures that support and protect the eye — the eyelids, the eye socket, the muscles that move the eyes, the soft tissues that surround the eyes and the tear system that helps keep the eyes moist — all can be affected by injuries, infections, inflammations, tumors, congenital anomalies and problems related to aging. The oculoplastic surgeons at the Eye Institute combine in-depth knowledge of the eye with expertise in reconstructive surgery to treat a broad range of conditions: eyelid abnormalities, eye socket injuries, tear system disorders and facial muscle issues. Learn more at froedtert.com.

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Neda Esmaili, MD

Assistant Professor

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Gregory J. Griepentrog, MD

Associate Professor

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Sang Hun Hong, MD

Assistant Professor

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Timothy Scott Wells, MD, MS

Associate Professor

Refractive Surgery and LASIK

Many people who suffer from nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) or astigmatism are able to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contact lenses by undergoing refractive surgery, including LASIK.

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Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology

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John Suson, MD

Assistant Professor

Retina and Vitreous

The retina is the inner posterior lining of the eye that contains the photoreceptor nerve cells that give us vision. The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that fills the middle eye. When a person is experiencing retina or vitreous problems, they may notice floaters and flashes, decreased vision, blurred or distorted vision or they may have no symptoms at all. The retina faculty physicians and staff at the Eye Institute are committed to providing innovative, specialized diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders affecting the retina, vitreous and macula. Learn more about our Retina Service at froedtert.com.

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Dennis P. Han, MD

Professor

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Judy E. Kim, MD

Professor

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Clinton Warren, MD

Assistant Professor

Uveitis

Uveitis generally describes a group of inflammatory diseases that produces swelling and destroys eye tissues. Although often affecting a part of the eye called the uvea (hence the term “uveitis”), uveitis can also affect the lens, retina, optic nerve and vitreous. Symptoms of uveitis include pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, floaters and redness of the eye. Uveitis can affect people of all ages and affect one or both eyes. Causes include trauma, autoimmune diseases, by other diseases affecting the body or infections from viruses, fungus or parasites.

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Laura J. Kopplin, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Catherine Thuruthumaly, MD

Assistant Professor

Vision Rehabilitation

An important part of the Eye Institute’s mission is to teach patients how to function with low vision. The emphasis is on helping patients make the most of their remaining sight and maintain or regain a higher quality of life. Learn more at froedtert.com.

Contact Ophthalmology

For patient care inquires, call us at (414) 955-2020 or use MyChart. Email is for research and education inquiries only.

Eye Institute Location

8701 Watertown Plank Rd.

Milwaukee, WI 53226

 

Appointments

(414) 955-2020

(414) 955-6166 (fax)

 

Continuing Medical Education

Mary Schafer

mschafer@mcw.edu

(414) 955-7840

 

Medical Education Coordinator

Leslie Bencivenga

lbencive@mcw.edu

Refer to Us - Consultation requests

Physician Referral Form (PDF)

Fax to (414) 955-6064

 

Emergent Requests

Within 48 hours call

(414) 955-2020

 

Clinical Research

Vesper Williams

vewilliams@mcw.edu

(414) 955-7862

 

Advanced Ocular Imaging Program

aoip@mcw.edu

(414) 955-2647

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