Marilyn Kay, MD, associate professor and neuro-ophthalmology specialist retired on June 30, 2021.
Dr. Marilyn Kay joined the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in 2012 as a visiting associate professor. Dr. Kay was quickly promoted to associate professor in 2013. She served as vice chair of education and faculty development from 2018 until her retirement. Dr. Kay earned a reputation of being available and responsive to both faculty and trainees due to her extensive neuro-ophthalmology knowledge.
Dr. Kay received her doctor of medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, followed by a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, Texas.
Barbara Klein, MD, MPH, retired from the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences on July 5, 2021.
Dr. Klein has made a significant impact on the field of ophthalmic epidemiology nationally and internationally. The population-based epidemiological research resulting from the Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy and the Beaver Dam Eye Study have produced countless publications for improving patient care for those with diabetes and age-related eye diseases. Dr. Klein’s work has been foundational for the development of many disease severity protocols used in the grading of ocular photographs used worldwide, while also training and mentoring young researchers and post-doctoral students from across the globe.
Dr. Klein earned her medical degree at the New York University School of Medicine and spent her internship year at Bellevue Medical Center, both in New York City. Dr. Klein earned her MPH with the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill. She then completed two residencies: preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital and ophthalmology at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), followed by a fellowship in glaucoma at UWHC.
Gary Sterken, MD, assistant professor and comprehensive ophthalmologist, retired October 10, 2020 after providing eye care in Madison and the surrounding area for 30 years.
Dr. Sterken attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He spent three years as a chemist at the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant, followed by three years as a drug analysis chemist, crime scene investigator, and expert court witness for the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. Dr. Sterken then earned his medical degree at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, followed by an internship year at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Following his internship, Dr. Sterken joined DOVS for an ophthalmology residency and a glaucoma fellowship.
After his fellowship, Dr. Sterken spent eight years as a comprehensive ophthalmologist with Physicians Plus Medical Group. That group merged with UW Health in 1998, and Dr. Sterken continued in his comprehensive role. In 2004, Dr. Sterken took over the comprehensive ophthalmology position at UW Health Specialty Clinic at Mile Bluff in Mauston, Wisconsin. He also served patients in the Reedsburg area from 2008 through 2019.