Edward M. Barnett, MD, PhD

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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.

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…
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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.


Treatment & Services

Combined Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery
Complex Cataract Surgery
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Glaucoma Laser Surgery
Glaucoma Surgery
Management of Glaucoma and Related Eye Diseases

Diseases & Conditions

Adolescent Glaucoma
Adult Glaucoma
Advanced Glaucoma
Angle-Closure Glaucomas
Complex Glaucoma
Glaucoma Suspect
Ocular Hypertension

Ages Seen


Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


925 North 87th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53226
2315 E. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Eye Institute - Froedtert Hospital Westbrook Health Center

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)

Board Certifications


Patient Reviews

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Responded to washing out my eye after drops due to sensitivities even addressed my sister's questions gently.
All was very good
Appreciated Dr. Barnett's explanations and expertise.
I feel safe and my is taken with care
I have always been treated with respect and excellent care any time I have come to the eye institute for care and this time was no exception. The staff at the check in desk are knowledgeable, kind, and friendly as well as professional. The person who brought me back to the room and got me checked in and did the initial assessment was also very professional as well as being attentive to any needs or questions I had. Dr. Barnette is thorough and takes his time and shows great empathy.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Barnes. I consider him more than just an expert in his field.
Dr Barnett is extremely knowledgeable and gives outstanding care for my eyes
No problems at all as usual.Everyone was very helpful and very professional.
Dr Barnett exceptionalVery impressed with Eye Institute
The gal who gave me the field test was super kind and patient. I was impressed with her gentleness. The doctor was great (as usual).
Everyone that I came in contact with were very professional.
I like Dr. Barnett. He's straightforward and explains things in terms I can understand.
Always a great experience. I learn something every time I come to an appt
Every appointment I have had at the Eye Institute has been excellent in every way.
Explanation of scores after taking tests ,more tests that give a understanding of progression and a support group for patients
I trust all of you! Thank you.
I was made to feel that my concerns were normal. Doctor was kind and all questions were answered without my feeling that the doctor was rushed.
I always have a wonderful experience with Dr Barnett and his staff!
First time lazer eye treatment, was nervous but doctor and nurse were very reassuring , excellent outcome
Appreciated the care of the three providers I worked with today - all polite friendly and professional - as well as the front desk staff
Doctors and the staff have always treated me respectfully and professionally. I highly recommend the clinic to anyone.
Made over the top effort to find a more suitable medication
I've been seeing Dr Barnett for a number of years. He always explains things well. I have consistently received excellent care from him and his staff!
Dr Barnett and his team are delivering excellent care.
All in all, my visit to the clinic was a positive experience.
The professionlism of the people that I came in contact with were outstanding.and I appreciate that.
Love Dr Barnett. All the staff who work with him seem to share his patient focus and work ethic. The seriousness with which he attends to postoperative follow up is commendable.
The doctor, nurses & staff were not wearing masks!!!
Excellent care and outcome. Will continue to see this doctor and clinic for future care.
Wonderful experience
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