Deborah M. Costakos, MD, MS

Deborah Costakos, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Medical Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Section

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Clinics Building
8920 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Mequon Clinic
1655 W. Mequon Rd
Mequon, WI 53092

Maps & Directions

Children's Central Scheduling: (414) 607-5280

Patient Care Emphasis

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Genetic Eye Disorders

Current Research Interests

  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Macular development in infants
  • Subclinical macular findings in infants screened for retinopathy of prematurity with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography
  • Evaluation of normal human foveal development using optical coherence tomography and histologic examination
  • Whole exome sequencing in dominant cataract identifies a new causative factor, CRYBA2, and a variety of novel alleles in known genes
  • Bilateral Central Retinal Artery Occlusions in an Infant with Hyperhomocysteinemia
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Manifested as Bilateral Proliferative Retinopathy

Honors and Society Memberships

  • Member, American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, American Ophthalmological Society
  • Member, Milwaukee Ophthalmology Society


  • MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Master of Science, Genetic Counseling, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship, Internal Medicine, St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

Recent Publications


Updated Jan. 2018