Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

Position title: Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences


Phone: (608) 263-0280

610 Walnut Street, 417 WARF
Madison, WI 53726

Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

MD, New York University, New York, NY
MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Internship (Medicine), Bellevue Medical Center, New York, NY
Residency (Ophthalmology), Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL
Postdoctoral Training, Department of Ophthalmology, UW-Madison

Clinical Interests
Diabetic retinopathy and other ocular complications of diabetes, age-related eye diseases

Research Interests
Dr. Klein’s research is focused primarily on the epidemiological study of eye disease with the goal to decrease the burden of visual impairment and blindness due to diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and cataract. Dr. Klein is co-principal investigator of two population-based epidemiological studies, the Wisconsin Epidemiologic Study of Diabetic Retinopathy (WESDR, begun in 1979) and the Beaver Dam Eye Study (BDES, begun in 1988). The findings of both studies have been instrumental in improving medical and ophthalmologic care for persons with diabetes and for persons with age-related eye diseases. Along with Dr. Barbara E. K. Klein, he co-directs the University of Wisconsin-Madison Ocular Epidemiology Reading Center. He is involved with developing and implementing protocols to grade ocular photographs for the severity of age-related macular degeneration and other eye diseases, and data analyses and paper writing from many large ongoing cohort studies and collaborations worldwide. He has authored or co-authored over 1000 reports in peer-reviewed journals and over 50 book chapters.

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