Stephen Kaufman, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology


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


  • Ophthalmology

Eye Institute

Regular eye exams can help catch small problems before they become serious vision issues. Whether you're seeing me for a second opinion or having your first eye exam, expect questions about your vision history. Your answers help me understand your risk of eye disease and vision problems. I will guide and reassure you throughout the examination and treatment, and you will feel in control of your own eye health once we finish.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Corneal Trauma
  • Advanced Keratoconus
  • Pterygium
  • Ocular Surface Cancer
  • Corneal Ulcer (Infection)

Treatments and Services

  • Refractive Eye Surgery (LASIK, PRK)
  • Corneal Cross-Linking
  • Penetrating Keratoplasty
  • Corneal Transplants (DMEK, DSAEK, DALK)
  • Corneal Stem Cell Transplants
  • Corneal and Conjunctival Biopsy
  • Astigmatic Keratotomy
  • Corneal and Conjunctival Superficial Grafts

Patients Ages Seen

  • Infant
  • Child
  • 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

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Dr. Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD is a Professor of Ophthalmology and the Co-Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has 28 years of Ophthalmology experience and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cornea Society and the Eye Bank Association of America, is the Chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Cornea Knowledge Base Committee and is the Co-Chairman of the Midwest Cornea Association.

He conducts research in many areas of Ophthalmology and he has lectured at numerous national and international Ophthalmology meetings over his career in Ophthalmology; such as: The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS), The European Cornea Society and The Current Concepts in Ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Kaufman is the editor of 2 cornea textbooks, is on the editorial board of 2 ophthalmic journals, has published 11 chapters on cornea and refractive surgery and has more than 400 publications and presentations to his name. He is a HEED Ophthalmology Fellow, received the Senior Achievement Award and Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Medical Association Achievement Award, An NIH Physician Scientist Award, National Academy of Science Award, America’s Top Ophthalmologists Award, Super Doctors Award for New York City, New York State Research Award and others.


Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - Louisiana State University School of Medicine - New Orleans, LA (1988)
Residency in Ophthalmology - Henry Ford Hospital - Detroit, MI (1989-1992)
Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery - Louisiana State University Eye Center - New Orleans, LA (1992-1994)
Doctor of Philosophy in Anatomy and Cell Biology - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, LA (1992-1996)