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Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS, appointed Interim Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Dr. Costakos joined the MCW faculty in 2009 as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Costakos is the Medical Director for pediatric ophthalmology and sees patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Dr. Costakos succeeds John S. Rhee, MD, MPH, John C. Koss Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, who has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences since December 1, 2018, following the retirement of Dale Heuer, MD, as Chair. A search committee for the permanent Chair of the Department. Dr. Costakos will serve in the interim position until the permanent Chair of the Department joins MCW. Dr. Costakos holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina in 1988 and her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1998. Following completion of her ophthalmology residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in 2002, Dr. Costakos completed an additional fellowship year in pediatric ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Costakos joined the MCW faculty in 2009 as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Costakos is the Medical Director for pediatric ophthalmology and sees patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus and the Mequon Clinic. Her research interests include genetic disorders effecting the eye, retinopathy of prematurity and macular development in infants. Dr. Costakos is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (where she serves on the Genetic Eye Disease Committee), American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Society and Milwaukee Ophthalmology Association. She was a board member for the Center for the Blind and Visually Disabled, is now a consultant for Vision Forward and serves on MCW’s Resident Education Committee.