My clinical philosophy involves forming a partnership with each patient — working together to manage their glaucoma. I invite patients to ask as many questions as they would like regarding their condition. In particular, because glaucoma is typically asymptomatic unless advanced, I feel that it is extremely important that each patient understands as much as possible about the disease and the rationale for treatment. Equipped with that knowledge, patients are able to make well-informed decisions regarding the various treatment options I present to them.
Dr. Edward Barnett earned his Honors Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of Iowa, earning both his MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) and a PhD in neuroscience. Following this, Dr. Barnett completed his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and a glaucoma fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2001-2013, Dr. Barnett was a faculty member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University, achieving the rank of full professor in 2012. He also served as the clinical director for the department from 2006 to 2013. In 2013, he joined Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, but was excited to return to his home state in 2015 as a professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been honored as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” and “Best Doctors in America.” In addition to being a busy clinician and surgeon, he has also been active in both basic and clinical research with numerous grants, awards and publications.
Dr. Barnett was born and raised in Boscobel, Wisconsin, the youngest of nine children. He has been married to his wife, Cate (raised in Brodhead, Wisconsin), for 27 years and has three children. He is a lifelong, die-hard Wisconsin sports fan and has completed two Ironman triathlons.
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Education & Training
University of Iowa College of Medicine - Iowa City - Doctor of Medicine - (1995)
University of Iowa - Iowa City - PhD in Neuroscience - (1995)
St. Luke's Hospital - Milwaukee - WI - Transitional Year Internship - (1995-1996)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa City - Residency in Ophthalmology - (1996-1999)
Washington University - St. Louis - MO - Fellowship in Glaucoma - (1999-2000)
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