Faculty Profile: Kathryn Bollinger, MD

Kathryn Bollinger

Kathyrn Bollinger, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Director of Glaucoma Service



Dr. Kathryn Bollinger attended the University of Wisconsin and completed both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She achieved her doctorate degree under the mentorship of Maureen and Jay Neitz in the area of cone photoreceptor cell biology.

 Dr. Bollinger completed her ophthalmology residency and fellowship in glaucoma at the Cole Eye Institute-The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She then served on staff at the Cole Eye Institute as a member of the glaucoma department from 2008-2009. During this time, she was also a clinical associate member of the laboratory of Dr. John Crabb and headed projects focused toward quantitative proteomic analysis of glaucomatous tissues.

Dr. Bollinger specializes in screening, diagnosis, and management of all forms of adult glaucoma. She performs laser procedures, glaucoma surgery, and cataract surgery using state-of-the-art techniques. Dr. Bollinger is the principle investigator of a glaucoma research laboratory directed toward identifying early disease markers for glaucoma and targets for therapeutic intervention. She is the recipient of an American Health Assistance Foundation postdoctoral grant from the Glaucoma Research Foundation for 2008-2009.

Clinical Arena

Summary: The glaucoma specialist performs diagnostic evaluations as well as medical, laser, and surgical treatment procedures directed toward preventing vision loss from glaucoma. Surgical management also includes combined cataract extraction and glaucoma procedures.

Care areas: Glaucoma screening and medical treatment. Laser and surgical treatments for glaucoma. Cataracts.

Key symptoms: Blurred vision. Gradual decrease In vision. Occasionally ocular pain.



» Glaucoma

Educational Background

B.S. Zoology & Philosophy --University of Wisconsin --1996

M.D./Ph.D. --Medical College of Wisconsin --2003

Transitional Internship --St. Joseph Hospital, Milwaukee --2004

Ophthalmology Residency --Cole Eye Institute--Cleveland Clinic Foundation --2007

Glaucoma Fellowship --Cole Eye Institute--Cleveland Clinic Foundation --2008

Board Certified --American Board of Ophthalmology --2009