Edward M. Barnett, MD, PhD



  • Eye Institute - Froedtert
  • 925 North 87th Street
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226


  • Ophthalmology

Eye Institute

Westbrook Health Center

My clinical philosophy involves forming a partnership with each patient — working together to manage their glaucoma. I invite patients to ask as many questions as they would like regarding their condition. In particular, because glaucoma is typically asymptomatic unless advanced, I feel that it is extremely important that each patient understands as much as possible about the disease and the rationale for treatment. Equipped with that knowledge, patients are able to make well-informed decisions regarding the various treatment options I present to them.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Complex Glaucoma
  • Advanced Glaucoma
  • Adult Glaucoma
  • Adolescent Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma Suspect
  • Angle-Closure Glaucomas

Treatments and Services

  • Combined Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Complex Cataract Surgery
  • Glaucoma Laser Surgery
  • Management of Glaucoma and Related Eye Diseases

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Children's Hospital Of Wisconsin - Milwaukee – Milwaukee
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Clinic Locations

Eye Institute - Froedtert

Westbrook Health Center

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Dr. Edward Barnett earned his Honors Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of Iowa, earning both his MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) and a PhD in neuroscience. Following this, Dr. Barnett completed his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and a glaucoma fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2001-2013, Dr. Barnett was a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University, achieving the rank of full professor in 2012. He also served as the clinical director for the department from 2006 to 2013.  In 2013, he joined Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, but was excited to return to his home state in 2015 as a professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been honored as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” and “Best Doctors in America.”  In addition to being a busy clinician and surgeon, he has also been active in both basic and clinical research with numerous grants, awards and publications.

Dr. Barnett was born and raised in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the youngest of nine children. He has been married to his wife, Cate (raised in Brodhead, Wisconsin), for 27 years and has three children. He is a lifelong, die-hard Wisconsin sports fan and has completed two Ironman triathlons.



Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - University of Iowa College of Medicine - Iowa City, IA (1995)
PhD in Neuroscience - University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA (1995)
Transitional Year Internship - St. Luke's Hospital - Milwaukee, WI (1995-1996)
Residency in Ophthalmology - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa City, IA (1996-1999)
Fellowship in Glaucoma - Washington University - St. Louis, MO (1999-2000)