Deborah M Costakos, MD
- Chair of the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, Children's Wisconsin
- Ophthalmologist, Children's Wisconsin
- Professor of ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin
I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. As a child, I saw my first surgery when a veterinarian let me watch an operation on my cat. As a teenager, I developed appendicitis and convinced the surgeon to let me keep my appendix in a jar. In college, a genetics course sparked my interest in metabolic diseases, which are sometimes diagnosed by eye findings. During my time as a genetic counselor, I was able to work with pediatric ophthalmologists to diagnose genetic diseases. I was also involved in prenatal diagnosis and witnessed amazing advances in genetics and premature infant care. Now, I am honored to care for premature babies and patients that have heritable disorders. I am privileged to be able to teach clinical and surgical skills that help save and improve vision. In 2019, I became Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and am proud to lead a research and medical team working on innovation and advancements while taking the very best care of patients.
Areas of Interest
- Dacryostenosis blocked tear duct
- Genetic disorders affecting the eye
- Retinopathy of prematurity
- Pediatric cataracts
- Pediatric eye trauma
Education and Awards
- 1998, Medical College of Wisconsin, MD
- 2002, University of Colorado (Denver, CO) - Ophthalmology
- 2003, University of Colorado (Denver, CO) - OPHTHALMOLOGY
- Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors
- Top Doctors Milwaukee
Research and publications
- 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.
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