Global Ophthalmology

Global Ophthalmology

Saving Sight, Globally

As we continue to monitor the pandemic’s impact on our global community, the DOVS Global Ophthalmology (GO) Initiatives remains committed to advancing international collaborations. Over the last year we successfully converted many educational activities to virtual platforms to increase the accessibility and participation of our global colleagues. Review the GO Initiatives 2020 Year-End Report for more examples of our recent collaborative work.

Join the conversation with GO Initiatives Co-Chairs Drs. Yasmin Bradfield and Cat Burkat as they reflect on past program successes and future vision of these programs.


By the numbers

Our 2021 Learner’s Day took place – virtually – on Friday, June 18. The day-long event celebrated our learning community and featured podium presentations and posters from medical students, T32 vision research trainees, graduate students, residents, and clinical fellows. Here’s a look back at this year’s event… by the numbers…



One Hundred & Ninety Three



Institutional Stakeholders

Stakeholders included University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Santo Tomas, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Tzu Chi Eye Clinic, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, University of São Paulo


Countries Represented

Including India, Brazil, Philippines, and the United States

Quarterly Global Cataract Symposium

In conjunction with our global partner – the University of Santo Tomas in Manilla, Philippines—DOVS launched a quarterly Global Cataract Symposium. 46 participants—including faculty, medical students, residents and fellows—attended the inaugural event, hosted by the University of Wisconsin, while 51 attendees attended the second event, hosted by the University of Santo Tomas.

Our third Global Cataract Symposium is scheduled for January 10, 2022.

Attendees by session

Global Journal Club and Grand Rounds 

Our Global Journal Club got underway on February 10, 2021. Roughly 40 participants from India, the Philippines and the University of Wisconsin came together virtually to discuss the latest and evaluate the latest ophthalmologic scholarly articles and studies.

Additionally, due to the new virtual format, our weekly Grand Rounds are now available to a global audience. These events will continue to be offered virtually until further notice.

Learn more about Global Ophthalmology projects at UW—Madison

Our department has always been committed to sharing the experience, knowledge and resources of the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences with institutions around the world. Learn more about the global projects and collaborations we’ve engaged in.

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2019 Right to Sight Clinic faculty, staff and learners who helped people access critical eye care services at no cost and in partnership with Combat Blindness International.