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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.




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
Glaucoma Laser Surgery
Glaucoma Surgery
Management of Glaucoma and Related Eye Diseases

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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


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

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.8 out of 5. 359 ratings, 59 reviews
Dec. 18, 2020
personable and professional - knowledgeable
Dec. 15, 2020
Dr. provided quick update and suggestions for me to consider plus provided pamphlets for me to read about my condition.
Dec. 11, 2020
Dr. Barnett gave me an appointment for a serious eye problem on an emergency basis that needed his attention and advice. He gave me his full attention and time to discuss my eye issue and I am most grateful for his care and concern.
Dec. 11, 2020
Everyone was courteous and the waiting period was minimal. Dr. Barnet was very helpful, answering all my questions and concerns about an upcoming procedure.
Dec. 1, 2020
I feel Dr. Barnett is very thorough and has my eye condition under control.
Nov. 18, 2020
The very best in his field
Nov. 13, 2020
always have excellent care from Dr. Barnett and his staff. I trust his ability and skill as a doctor and as a person.
Nov. 10, 2020
Stay Professional and Respectful!!! I love It!!!!!
Nov. 3, 2020
He was very professional
Oct. 29, 2020
Greatest care ever!
Oct. 29, 2020
Dr. B always takes time to explain each stage of my illness. He is always available when there is an unexpected issue. He has recommended several step to deal with my issues and they proved to be very helpful
Oct. 27, 2020
Dr. Barnett and his assistant provided excellent care, were personable and professional.
Oct. 21, 2020
having a chronic eye problem, Dr. Barnett always makes me feel oddly comforted. I say oddly, because it's weird to feel comfortable with glaucoma! lol
Oct. 19, 2020
Very interested in my personal welfare and well being!
Oct. 15, 2020
dr. Barnett has done two eye surgeries on me, and two laser treatments to my eyes. He is very concerned to keep my pressures low, he always tries treatments or medications to keep my eyes in the best possible shape. I feel very fortunate that he is my ophthalmologist.
Oct. 9, 2020
Dr. Barnett is an excellent physician. He is excellently trained. He is sensitive and caring. I would highly recommend him and I have!
Oct. 8, 2020
Dr. Barnett is a very good and well mannered doctor
Oct. 6, 2020
I have consistently received excellent care from Dr Barnett. He listens to my concerns and answers my questions in an understandable manner. I find him to be very competent. I feel very fortunate to have him treating my eye issues.
Oct. 5, 2020
very professional and courteous
Sept. 26, 2020
Always answers your questions.
Sept. 25, 2020
Very professional and knowledgeable. Took extra time answering questions. Greatly appreciated.
Sept. 20, 2020
Good listener. Knew my medical history. Explained things very well. Professional and personable. First time I had met him, but I felt that he was very competent and I could trust him to provide me with good care.
Sept. 15, 2020
First rate care
Sept. 15, 2020
Dr. Barnett is the best doctor in every way that I have ever seen in my entire life. With his professional skills and knowledge in the surgeries he performed on me and office visits and talks with him he saved my vision/sight. Dr. Barnett is an amazing doctor and an incredible person. I am very happy Dr. Barnett is my doctor and I feel very lucky to have him as my doctor. He's the best in every way.
Sept. 11, 2020
Doctor Barnett and his entire staff were awesome. Having children in the doctor and nursing pool I understand their procedures better than the average person might. My husband and I were VERY impressed with them all every step of the way.
Sept. 3, 2020
Dr. Barnette guidance and advise has improved my condition. I have 100% satisfaction..thanks.
Aug. 20, 2020
He iHe is ompetent, confident, respectful. Obtained great results when he did my eye surgery and provided great after care.
Aug. 14, 2020
A superbly skilled physician, at the top of his profession. It is an honor to be treated by such a fine doctor.
Aug. 9, 2020
I think Dr.Barnett is an excellent doctor
Aug. 8, 2020
Dr Barnett provides good care . certainly recommend to friends and family.
Aug. 7, 2020
My husband and I were exceptionally impressed with Dr. Barnett's. He took the time to explain everything. He answered all our questions with patience and in clear easy to understand responses. our three daughters are nurses our son in law is a doctor so we so pleased to meet a Doctor with such great empathy for his patients. Would recommend Dr. Barnett's to anyone needing his services without hesitation.
July 30, 2020
cool demeanor
July 27, 2020
Provider's care was thorough and attentive. Some empathy for provider being subjected to this kind of scrutiny at each and every visit.
July 19, 2020
professional, helpful, and caring!
July 7, 2020
He was very clear, concise about his thinking on my issues.
July 3, 2020
rushed not much personality.
July 1, 2020
Dr Barnett has been my doctor for a number of years and I am very please with the treatment he provide for me
June 25, 2020
always presents options and hope for chronic eye conditions
June 22, 2020
Very professional. Did not waste my time.
June 15, 2020
Dr. Barnett and staff are very aware of my my needs and my visual health. Thank you.
June 14, 2020
Provider and staff were knowledgeable and listened to my concerns,
June 12, 2020
Reassuring demeanor. Confident in his diagnosis and care plan.
June 1, 2020
Sometimes when I go to Dr. Barnett I have to wait and I understand why. There were times I went for an appointment and something came up that needed special attention and he always took care of it right away. Some times it was to increase my comfort or improve my vision or maybe to lower my eye pressure. He is very busy but he always addressed my needs and concerns.
May 28, 2020
Dr Barnett is an excellent physician.
May 1, 2020
very easy to talk with as well as ask questions. I never felt rushed
April 30, 2020
Dr. Barnett is excellent in every respect. His staff treated me with respect and concern.
April 28, 2020
All great, but had to wait; worth it, however!
April 27, 2020
He was kind, listened to my concerns and questions. He was genuinely concerned. He also explained things in detail to me.
April 15, 2020
Very trustworthy
March 19, 2020
Dr Barnett always listens to my concerns and answers my questions in an understandable way. I feel that he is very capable and appreciate how he has helped me with my glaucoma.
March 16, 2020
I came with three questions about my vis. only 1 was answered. I didn't get the impression that he was concerned. I left the room and came bback because I didn't have any answers and asked again and he said," I don't know ". then something to the effect of I will see you next time.I still have my same questions....
March 12, 2020
Dr. Barnett I feel is a excellent doctor.Very easy to communicate with.
March 5, 2020
very good care. always happy with dr. Barnett.
March 3, 2020
very skillful in his speciality, gentle bedside manner, patient with questions despite a large patient load.
Feb. 27, 2020
Dr Barnett is an excellent doctor!
Feb. 25, 2020
Other than the long wait time my visit exceeded my expectations
Feb. 14, 2020
Very knowledgeable and patient. Always answers your questions.
Feb. 9, 2020
Dr. Barnett has always willingly responded to my questions, but because I am entirely unschooled in the practice of eye-care, I frequently feel that I have not questioned adequately, or intelligently, thus perhaps not gaining a full perspective of the status of my vision. It would be very pleasing to me if Dr. Barnett could perhaps offer information that I may have neglected to include. It may well be that the condition of my vision does not require extensive discussion and that would be fine, but I would like to hear that conclusion from the Doctor.
Feb. 2, 2020
puts lots of efforts into looking over everything.
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