Iris S. Kassem, MD, PhD

Associate Professor


  • Eye Clinic - Children's
  • 9000 West Wisconsin Avenue
  • Milwaukee, WI 53226


  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology

As a pediatric ophthalmologist, my goal is to provide the best and most innovative care to our patients. I am also a scientist that studies some of the conditions that effect children. By combining science with medicine, I hope to bring more knowledge to the field and discover innovative therapies to improve children’s eye care and the quality of life for our patients.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Crossed Eye
  • Lazy Eye
  • Pediatric Eye Trauma
  • Pediatric Cataracts
  • Fabry Disease
  • Pediatric Uveitis

Patients Ages Seen

  • Infant
  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English
  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations

  • Children's Wisconsin - Milwaukee – Milwaukee
  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology

Clinic Locations

Eye Clinic - Children's

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Dr. Iris Kassem was born and raised in Queens, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science in physiology with honors at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She then attended the combined MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at the SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook. After completing her internship in internal medicine, Dr. Kassem completed her ophthalmology residency at the hospital where she was born at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. She subsequently undertook a pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Eye and Ear Infirmary, where she stayed on as faculty for four years after fellowship. She joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2015.

Dr. Kassem met and married her husband while they attended the same MD/PhD program. They have two young boys who love sports, including hockey, long-distance running, and tennis.

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - Stony Brook University Medical Center, - Stony Brook, NY (2006)
Internship in Internal Medicine - Stony Brook University Medical Center, - Stony Brook, NY (2007)
Residency in Ophthalmology - North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System - Great Neck, NY (2010)
Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus - University of Illinois - Chicago, IL (2011)