Dr. Cat Burkat is a board-certified ophthalmologist with expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery around the eyes.
Service and Leadership
Dr. Burkat serves as the Co-Chair of the International Ophthalmology division at the University of Wisconsin. She is an Associate Preceptor for the University of Wisconsin Fellowship in Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is the Administrative Director of the International Fellowship in Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. She has been a co-director for numerous oculofacial teaching courses for residents and practicing physicians, and has received several Outstanding Surgical Teaching Awards from the Ophthalmology Residents.
Dr. Burkat maintains an active role in the American Board of OphthalmologyCommittees, writing questions for the certifying board exams, as well as being an Oral Board Examiner.
Dr. Burkat participates in several committees in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), including the Education Committee, Chair of the Written Exam Committee, the Journal Committee, and the Scientific Program Committee.
Dr. Burkat has been invited to serve on the Oculoplastic Surgery Planning Committee representing the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to work in conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Program Committee to develop the educational courses, expert roundtables and other oculofacial, orbital and aesthetic surgery scientific offerings to be held at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Scientific Meeting.
Dr. Burkat is an invited member of the editorial board to revise the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic Clinical and Science Course textbook: Oculoplastic, Eyelid, and Lacrimal.
Dr. Burkat serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki Project Editorial Board, as the Lead Section Editor of the Oculoplastics & Orbit Section. She has co-written and edited more than 100 entries into EyeWiki, which is currently the most referenced eye encyclopedia written by Eye Physicians & Surgeons.
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.
International Medical Missions
Dr. Burkat helped coordinate the first volunteer Oculoplastic Surgery medical mission trip to Siguatepeque, Honduras in 2014. With a small team of dedicated medical personnel, she was able to operate on patients with congenital droopy eyelids that block vision, tear duct problems, orbital fractures, birth defects, or socket tumors. She has returned to volunteer here annually since then to perform visually beneficial surgery on infants and children only.
In 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.
In 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.
In 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.
In 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.
In 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 and International Teaching
Dr. Burkat is a dedicated instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Scientific Symposium, which is the largest national Ophthalmology conference. Some of her activities include teaching several skills courses on periocular rejuvenation with fillers, cosmetic botulinum toxin injection techniques, reconstructive flaps in oculoplastic surgery.
Dr. Burkat's national presentations include expanded options for the use of botulinum toxin and fillers, useful facial flaps in periocular reconstruction, anatomic considerations in eyelid blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery, blepharoplasty in the Asian eyelid, congenital ptosis surgery techniques, and orbitofacial prosthetic osseointegration.
Dr. Burkat is course director for a popular skills lab course, "Oculoplastic Surgery: Anatomic Foundations, Surgical Techniques and Enhanced Results," as well as the course director for "Controversies and Advances in Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery," held annually at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Scientific Meeting.
In 2016, Dr. Burkat was an invited speaker for the joint symposium with Pediatric Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocularists on congenital anomalies. Her presentation focused on the use of dermal fat grafts for induced growth in the pediatric orbit.
Dr. Burkat has also been invited several times to lead a "Breakfast with the Experts" roundtable on pediatric oculoplastic surgery at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Scientific Meeting.
Burkat CN. Dacryoplasty (Presentation). Controversies & Advances in Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery. American Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 15, 2016.
Burkat CN. Is There a Role for Modified Tarsectomy Surgery? (Presentation). Controversies & Advances in Pediatric Oculoplastic Surgery. American Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 15, 2016.
Burkat CN. Advancement and Rotation Flaps, and other Useful Flaps (Presentation). Workshop in Flap Techniques in Oculoplastic Surgery. American Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2016.
Burkat CN. Botulinum Toxin and Fillers: Expanded Options (Presentation). Periocular Rejuvenation with Fillers and BOTOX on Silicone Head Simulators. American Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2016.
Burkat CN. Dermal Fat Graft – Induced Growth in the Pediatric Orbit (Presentation). Congenital Anomalies: The Management of Anophthalmia, Microphthalmia, and Other Congenital Disorders. Invited speaker for the joint symposium with Pediatric Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocularists, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2016.
Burkat CN. Upper Lid Blepharoplasty: Anatomic Considerations (Presentation). Oculoplastic Surgery: Anatomic Foundations, Surgical Techniques and Enhanced Results, American Society of Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Conjunction with the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 17, 2016.
Dr. Burkat was invited to present her experience in osseointegrated orbitofacial prostheses, in the conference session, "New Surgical Approaches in Oculoplastics," sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery at the World Ophthalmology Congress 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The World Ophthalmology Congress, occurring every two years, is the premier global symposium to share the latest advances in ophthalmology.
The World Ophthalmology Congress 2016 held in February 2016, was sponsored by the International Council of Ophthalmology, hosted by the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology and co-hosted by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), and brought together approximately 130 member societies of the ICO and ophthalmologists from around the world to share the latest advancements and techniques in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Burkat was honored to be an Invited Symposium Chairperson and Organizer at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan, April 2014. She organized and led the session oncontroversies and advances in the management of pediatric and congenital ptosis. The World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 was co-hosted by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology to gather ophthalmologists from around the world to share the newest advancements and techniques in eye care.
Presentations at the World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 (Tokyo) included Alternative Tools for Frontalis Sling Surgery, Congenital Ptosis Surgery Pearls: Open vs. Closed Incision, Configuration Technique, and Marcus-Gunn Levator Extirpation, Management of Congenital Anophthalmia, PHACES Syndrome and Current Management of Infantile Capillary Hemangiomas.
In November 2014, Dr. Burkat was honored to be invited as the Visiting Professor to Chulalongkorn Eye Center in Bangkok, Thailand, to participate as a surgical laboratory instructor with live videotaped dissections of various eyelid and forehead procedures. She also presented talks in Bangcock on upper eyelid blepharoplasty, upper eyelid ptosis techniques, brow and forehead lifting, lower eyelid blepharoplasty and retraction, midface and SOOF surgical considerations.
Dr. Burkat was a featured International Speaker at the Oculoplastics Association of India XXIV OPAI Annual Conference, in Bangalore, India, September 2013. Her presentations at the conference included Browpexy Approaches with Upper Lid Blepharoplasty (including internal, small-incision, and Endotine): Video-assisted skills transfer presentation; Aesthetic Application of Soft Tissue Fillers; Osseointegrated Orbitofacial Prostheses: Improved Functional and Cosmetic Orbital Rehabilitation; Advances in Orbital Imaging for Vascular Tumors using Time-Resolved MRI/MRA; and, Minimally Invasive Ptosis Surgery. She also served as an Invited Chairperson and Moderator of the Session: Aesthetics in Oculoplastic Surgery.
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.