Edward M. Barnett, MD, PhD

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Eye Institute 414-955-2020
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Westbrook Health Center 262-532-5700
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Westbrook Health Center 262-532-5700

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.




Diseases & Conditions

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

Treatment & Services

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

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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Very pleased with the visit and Dr.Barnett's explanation of possible future treatment. Thank You.
Outstanding care. Am very grateful.
Everyone was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.
Everything went smoothly from the time I entered till I left.
Dr Barnett provided a thorough exam, and answered all of my concerns in a knowledgeable and professional and patient matter.His assistant / nurse was also very professional, and responsive to my questions.
Long wait, but very professional and considerate care given.
I have complete confidence in Dr. Barnett. He is very thorough and is clearly dedicated to creating the best outcome for my diagnosis.
Dr Barnett was very thorough and is trying to find out what is best for my eyes. Since this was my 1st visit, I was very pleased with questions he asked and how he is approaching my treatment.
I have so much confidence in Dr. Barnett. He can never retire!!!
Staff were all very professional and personable. Dr. Barnett explained everything in a clear concise manner.
Very professional and bd informative.
I felt comfortable & taken care of
Excellent care giver
The care and concern that I receive from Dr. Barnett and the nurses is very comforting. Dr. Barnett's knowledge and expertise concerning the diagnosis and prognosis of my ailment has given me confidence in the decisions that are made concerning my treatment. Thank you.
Dr. Barnett is an excellent doctor who is a tremendous asset. He has helped me manage my glaucoma significantly.
The wait time is so long, but I understand and appreciate that I, too, am given the time necessary. So very many patients and seems a lot are older and may need more time. I am more than satisfied with Dr. Barnett for being my knowledgeable eye physician and so glad that I found him after a disappointing relationship with my previous eye physician. I would recommend him highly and wish my daughter could see him also.
Great overall experience not just for the most recent visit but all previous visits as well.
Very detailed explanation of problems. Soothed concerns.
Dr Barnett has done two eye surgeries for me, and laser treatments and I know he is very busy, but he runs into situations that need his immediate care and this can put him behind. I am aware of this because he has done laser surgery for me on an emergency basis. I am very grateful that he Is my eye specialist!
Good doctor
My entire experience with this clinic and provider was awesome. I finally know what my condition diagnosis "is" and what the plan of treatment will be. I am extremely satisfied with this whole experience!
Very good visit. Dr. Barnett answered all my questions. Was pleasant and interactive.
Excellent explanations. Very courteous to my wife who had questions. Various options mentioned. Thank you to all.
Every time I have to wait over an hour to be seen. My time is important too!
Dr. Barnett has always shown concern for my problems and addressed them with accurate answers. I always felt that whatever tests he had me do, they were necessary. I'm very satisfied that I changed to him for my doctor! I find him very knowledgeable and can relate well with me.
Have a lot of confidence in Dr. Barnett.
I was in and out in less time than usual
The more I know about what to expect, the better I feel about the outcome and the better I feel about the decision I have made
One has always been very nice and respectful.
Appreciate Dr. B's thoughtful consideration, attention, and detail.
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