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UW Health plastic and reconstructive surgeon Cat Burkat, MDDr. Cat Burkat is a board-certified ophthalmologist with expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery around the eyes.




2013: Invited chairperson of several oculoplastics sessions and invited speaker at the Joint Conference of the 28th Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) and the 71st Annual Conference of All India Ophthalmological Society, in Hyderabad, India, in January, 2013. The Congress will bring together the 19 member nations of the APAO and an estimated 10,000 international delegates.

2010: Recipient of a University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Division of International Ophthalmology Travel Award for the first oculoplastic medical mission trip to Banjul, Gambia.

2010: Received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who contribute in a substantial way over many years to the scientific programs at the national annual meeting via being a course director or instructor for an instruction course, a presenter of a scientific paper, a Leadership Committee Member, and a moderator or chairperson for a symposium.

2010: Awarded the University of Wisconsin Center for Global Health Educational and Research Travel Award. Recipient for the first oculoplastic medical mission trip to Central Vietnam. Dr. Burkat is one of only five recipients awarded by the University of Wisconsin.

2007: Presented with the Outstanding Surgical Instructor to Resident Education Award by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

2007: Awarded National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals.

2005: Awarded the Richard B. Aronsohn, MD Founder's Award at the 2005 Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Meeting, for the year's "Best Scholarly Manuscript." Dr. Burkat's manuscript, "Comprehensive Glabellar Anatomy for the Cosmetic Surgeon," was published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.


Dr. Burkat is also an invited reviewer for approximately nine peer-reviewed medical journals, has authored and co-authored numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and is actively engaged in presenting at national and international medical and cosmetic conferences. She has also written more than 20 book chapters on orbital and oculofacial topics.


Recent International Activities


Dr. Burkat (center) provides surgical instruction in Vietnam.January 2012: Dr. Burkat initiated and coordinated an oculoplastics medical mission trip to Central Vietnam where surgical care for indigent adults and children with severe facial trauma, periorbital injuries from the Vietnam War and childhood defects were performed. Nine lectures were given to local surgeons and residents, as well as hands-on training.

January 2012: Dr. Burkat initiated and coordinated the first exclusively oculoplastics medical mission trip to Northern Vietnam, where she performed hands-on training for surgeons training indigent adults and children with severe facial trauma, periorbital injuries and congenital eyelid defects. Dr. Burkat was also the featured speaker, giving 14 presentations, at the first national "Course in Oculoplastics" on January 9-11, 2012, which was attended by 120 Vietnamese ophthalmologists and residents-in-training.

January 2010: Dr. Burkat initiated the first oculoplastics medical mission trip to Central Vietnam, where she provided surgical care for indigent adults with severe periorbital injuries from the Vietnam War and children with vision-threatening eyelid defects.

Dr. Burkat is the founder of a medical nonprofit organization and sits on the Board of Directors of two nonprofit organizations that focus on improving medical care to underprivileged areas of Vietnam as well as enhancing teaching of physicians and medical residents in Vietnam.

August 2010: Dr. Burkat coordinated the first exclusively oculoplastics medical mission trip to Fiji, where she performed hands-on surgical training for the indigent population who had visually-compromising oculofacial trauma or congenital eyelid defects.

2008: Dr. Burkat was an invited guest lecturer at several prestigious eye institutes in India, including the Sankara Nethralaya Eye Institute, the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai and Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital in Delhi.


National Activities


Dr. Burkat providing educational instruction to colleagues in Delhi, India.American Academy of Ophthalmology: Dr. Burkat has been a course and lab instructor for, and presented talks at, more than 25 teaching courses at the largest national conference, including annual courses on aesthetic facial surgery, lasers, botulinum toxin and filler injections, eyelid and orbital anatomy, and reconstructive surgery. She also created and is the course director for a course on pediatric oculoplastic surgery. Since 2010, Dr. Burkat has been an invited member of the Oculoplastics Committee for the EyeWiki Project, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The written submissions for this EyeWiki serve to educate users on medical conditions and surgeries involving the eye and tissues around the orbit.

American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS): Dr. Burkat serves as a member of the Education Subcommittee and the Abstract Review Committee for the national scientific meetings.

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery: Dr. Burkat has given presentations at national meetings, and served as an invited committee member of the Young Surgeons Task Force for many years.

Harvard University: Active admissions interviewer of applicants for Harvard University.

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Admissions interviewer and mentor for medical school applicants.