NEW FACULTY & STAFF

Laura J. Kopplin, MD, PHD

Dr. Kopplin joined the Department in July as a uveitis and comprehensive ophthalmology specialist. She received her MD and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kopplin’s research interests include novel therapeutic agents in uveitis treatment, and
epidemiological and clinical outcomes in patients with inflammatory eye disease.

Dr. Kopplin was previously affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute, where she practiced uveitis, ocular immunology, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She now serves patients at the UW Health University Station and East Eye Clinics.

KEVIN D. KURT, OD

Dr. Kurt joined UW Health Eye Clinics as a clinical optometrist in September. He earned his doctorate degree in optometry from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Kurt was the clinical director for pre- and post-operative care for laser vision correction procedures at TLC Laser Eye Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Kurt practices at UW Health University Station Eye Clinic, where he provides adult and pediatric primary eye care and urgent care services.

COLLEEN M. MCDOWELL, PHD

Dr. McDowell began her faculty appointment with the Department as a glaucoma researcher in March. Dr. McDowell earned a PhD in molecular physiology and biophysics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Previously, Dr. McDowell was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the North Texas Eye Research Institute at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

The McDowell Lab is based in the Medical Sciences Center, and focuses on molecular pathways involved in the development of elevated intraocular pressure and glaucomatous trabecular meshwork damage.

ALEXANDER R. MIRANDA, MD

Dr. Miranda joined the Department’s clinical faculty as a pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus specialist in August. He earned his MD at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Miranda finished his pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus fellowship at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dr. Miranda practices at both the UW Health University Station and East Eye Clinics.

DONNA M. NEUMANN, PHD

Dr. Neumann joined the Department’s research faculty in January as a virologist. She earned a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, and later moved into the field of virology as a post doctoral fellow at the Department of Ophthalmology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

The Neumann Lab, based in the Medical Sciences Center, studies epigenetic modifications regulating ocular herpes simplex virus type 1 latency and reactivation.

KELSEY L. RICKELS, OD

Dr. Rickels joined UW Health Eye Clinics as a clinical optometrist in October 2018. Dr. Rickels earned a doctorate degree in optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. Dr. Rickels was a clinical optometrist at Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, before joining the Department.

Dr. Rickels staffs our urgent care clinic and practices pediatric optometry at the UW Health Madison Eye Associates Clinic.

SUZANNE W. VAN LANDINGHAM, MD

Dr. van Landingham joined the Department’s clinical faculty in September on the plastic and reconstructive surgery service. She earned her MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, Dr. van Landingham completed an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at UW–Madison. Her scientific interests include the impact of vision loss on physical function and using clinical “big data” to inform vision research.

Dr. van Landingham cares for patients at three UW Health locations: University Station Eye Clinic, Transformations, and Rockford Eye Clinic.