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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Cat Burkat is a board-certified ophthalmologist with expertise in plastic and reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery around the eyes. Dr. Burkat has been uniquely, dual-fellowship trained in both ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as cosmetic facial surgery. The anatomy around the eyelids and orbit is both delicate and complex, and therefore her training in ophthalmology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and cosmetic facial surgery, with an emphasis in the tissues surrounding the eyes, allows her to offer an approach that combines the microsurgical precision of ophthalmology with the concepts of aesthetic facial surgery.


Dr. Burkat specializes in a broad range of conditions, including surgical repair of droopy eyelids, eyelid and eyelash abnormalities, correction of congenital eyelid abnormalities, tear duct abnormalities, socket conditions, orbital and periocular tumors, cancer reconstruction and thyroid eye disease. She also offers a wide array of non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures for enhancing the natural beauty of the face, including cosmetic eyelid and forehead surgery, cosmetic Botox ® and soft tissue filler injections, facial laser resurfacing and other related procedures.


Learn about Dr. Burkat's awards and professional activities


Cosmetic Surgery (Transformations)

Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology)

UW Health Clinics

(608) 836-9990 | (866) 447-9990 | Map
University Station Clinic
(608) 263-7171 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Hospital
(608) 263-6190 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

UW Health Eye Clinic - Rockford (Rockford)
(815) 399-1141 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2003-2005

Residency Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Internship Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Medical School University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1999

Languages Spoken

English, Vietnamese
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Asian Eyelid Surgery
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
  • Botox® and Fillers
  • Brow Lift
  • Correction of Trichiasis
  • Cosmetic Laser Services
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy (Tear Duct Surgery)
  • Ectropion Repair
  • Entropion Repair
  • Enucleation/Evisceration
  • Eye Socket Reconstruction
  • Eyelid and Facial Reconstruction after Skin Cancer
  • Facial Laser Resurfacing
  • Intense Pulsed Light
  • Lacrimal (Tear Duct) Surgery
  • Midface Lift
  • Mole and Skin Tag Removal
  • Oculofacial Plastic Surgery
  • Orbital Decompression
  • Orbital Fracture Repair
  • Orbital Tumor Surgery
  • Pediatric Eyelid Surgery
  • Ptosis Surgery (Drooping Lids)
  • Retraction Repair
  • Scar Revision
  • Sciton Facial Skin Rejuvenation
  • Thyroid Eyelid Retraction Surgery

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Burkat has been uniquely dual-fellowship trained in both ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as cosmetic facial surgery, which allows her to offer an approach that combines the microsurgical precision of ophthalmology with the concepts of aesthetic facial surgery. She graduated from Harvard University and University of Rochester, followed by a dual-fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Throughout her training, and continuing in addition to her patient care activities, Dr. Burkat has been active in clinical research, studying outcomes of surgical techniques and facial anatomy. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and more than 40 book chapters, and is on the review board of many prestigious journals. She is active in several education and leadership committees in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Society and American Board of Ophthalmology, and leads skills courses and breakfast expert roundtables at the annual AAO scientific meeting. She has been invited to speak at numerous national and international courses, and is the Lead Section Editor of the Oculoplastics and Orbit Section for the American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki educational website. She has received multiple awards including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery Richard B. Aronsohn Founder’s Award for the year’s Best Scholarly Manuscript published.

PubMed Articles
Burris CK Rodriguez ME Raven ML Burkat CN Albert DM . Adult-Onset Asthma and Periocular Xanthogranulomas Associated with Systemic IgG4-Related Disease. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2016 Apr;1:34-37
[PubMed ID: 27152364]
Wei LA Brown JJ Hosek DK Burkat CN . Osseointegrated implants for orbito-facial prostheses: Preoperative planning tips and intraoperative pearls. Orbit. 2016;35(2):55-61
[PubMed ID: 26817410]
Ramey NA Butt Z Burkat CN Rose JG Lucarelli MJ . Patient-reported outcomes: comprehensive analysis for the oculofacial clinician. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jul-Aug;30(4):279-89
[PubMed ID: 24814273]
Griepentrog GJ Burkat CN Kikkawa DO Lucarelli MJ . Tumors masquerading in patients with thyroid eye disease. Orbit. 2013 Aug;32(4):260-2
[PubMed ID: 23662589]
Ramey NA Burkat CN . Arcanobacterium hemolyticum orbital cellulitis: a rare but aggressive disease. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 May-Jun;29(3):e69-72
[PubMed ID: 23128539]
Griepentrog GJ Lemke BN Burkat CN Rose JG Jr Lucarelli MJ . Anatomical position of hyaluronic Acid gel following injection to the infraorbital hollows. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jan-Feb;29(1):35-9
[PubMed ID: 23299806]
Warner EJ Burkat CN Gentry LR . Orbital fibrous histiocytoma mimicking cavernous hemangioma on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRA imaging. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jan-Feb;29(1):e3-5
[PubMed ID: 22836792]
Ramey NA Lucarelli MJ Gentry LR Burkat CN . Clinical usefulness of orbital and facial Time-Resolved Imaging of Contrast KineticS (TRICKS) magnetic resonance angiography. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep-Oct;28(5):361-8
[PubMed ID: 22836799]
Goel S Burkat CN . Unusual case of persistent Horner's syndrome following epidural anaesthesia and caesarean section. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2011 Sep-Oct;59(5):389-91
[PubMed ID: 21836349]
Repp DJ Burkat CN Lucarelli MJ . Lacrimal excretory system concretions: canalicular and lacrimal sac. Ophthalmology. 2009 Nov;116(11):2230-5
[PubMed ID: 19744730]
Burkat CN Van Buren JJ Lucarelli MJ . Characteristics of orbital multiple myeloma: a case report and literature review. Surv Ophthalmol. 2009 Nov-Dec;54(6):697-704
[PubMed ID: 19709708]
Frame NJ Burkat CN . Identifying an appropriate animal model for the nasolacrimal drainage system. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Sep-Oct;25(5):354-8
[PubMed ID: 19966646]
Burkat CN Lucarelli MJ . Rhabdomyosarcoma masquerading as acute dacryocystitis. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Nov;21(6):456-8
[PubMed ID: 16304528]
Rose JG Jr Burkat CN Boxrud CA . Diagnosis and management of thyroid orbitopathy. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2005 Oct;38(5):1043-74
[PubMed ID: 16214573]
Burkat CN Lemke BN . Anatomy of the orbit and its related structures. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2005 Oct;38(5):825-56
[PubMed ID: 16214562]
Burkat CN Lemke BN . Retrobulbar hemorrhage: inferolateral anterior orbitotomy for emergent management. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005 Sep;123(9):1260-2
[PubMed ID: 16157809]
Burkat CN Lucarelli MJ . Tear meniscus level as an indicator of nasolacrimal obstruction. Ophthalmology. 2005 Feb;112(2):344-8
[PubMed ID: 15691573]
Burkat CN Lemke BN . Acquired lax eyelid syndrome: an unrecognized cause of the chronically irritated eye. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Jan;21(1):52-8
[PubMed ID: 15677953]