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Ronald Klein, MD, MPH

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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Klein's research includes the Beaver Dam Eye Study, which is funded by the National Eye Institute and collects information on the prevalence and incidence of age-related cataract, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, all common eye diseases in an aging population. The study also has examined other aging issues, such as overall health, quality of life, and environmental and medicinal exposures.


Eye Care Services (Ophthalmology)

UW Health Clinics

University Station Clinic
(608) 263-7171 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

Languages Spoken

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

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Ophthalmology
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Residency Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL
Internship Bellevue Hospital, NY
Medical School New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1969


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

  • Evaluation and Treatment of Vitreoretinal Disease
  • Intravitreal Injections
  • Photocoagulation
PubMed Articles
Paulsen AJ Cruickshanks KJ Fischer ME Huang GH Klein BE Klein R Dalton DS . Dry eye in the beaver dam offspring study: prevalence, risk factors, and health-related quality of life. Am J Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr;157(4):799-806
[PubMed ID: 24388838]
Klein R Myers CE Cruickshanks KJ Gangnon RE Danforth LG Sivakumaran TA Iyengar SK Tsai MY Klein BE . Markers of inflammation, oxidative stress, and endothelial dysfunction and the 20-year cumulative incidence of early age-related macular degeneration: the beaver dam eye study. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr 1;132(4):446-55
[PubMed ID: 24481424]
Semba RD Cotch MF Gudnason V Eiríksdottir G Harris TB Sun K Klein R Jonasson F Ferrucci L Schaumberg DA . Serum carboxymethyllysine, an advanced glycation end product, and age-related macular degeneration: the age, gene/environment susceptibility-reykjavik study. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Apr 1;132(4):464-70
[PubMed ID: 24481410]
Selvin E Rawlings AM Grams M Klein R Sharrett AR Steffes M Coresh J . Fructosamine and glycated albumin for risk stratification and prediction of incident diabetes and microvascular complications: a prospective cohort analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2014 Apr;2(4):279-88
[PubMed ID: 24703046]
Hanff TC Sharrett AR Mosley TH Shibata D Knopman DS Klein R Klein BE Gottesman RF . Retinal microvascular abnormalities predict progression of brain microvascular disease: an atherosclerosis risk in communities magnetic resonance imaging study. Stroke. 2014 Apr;45(4):1012-7
[PubMed ID: 24549866]
Howard KP Klein BE Lee KE Klein R . Measures of Body Shape and Adiposity as Related to Incidence of Age-related Eye Diseases: Observations from the Beaver Dam Eye Study. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 25;
[PubMed ID: 24667857]
Gangnon RE Lee KE Klein BE Iyengar SK Sivakumaran TA Klein R . Misclassification can explain most apparent regression of age-related macular degeneration: results from multistate models with misclassification. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Mar 20;55(3):1780-6
[PubMed ID: 24550369]
Chiu CJ Mitchell P Klein R Klein BE Chang ML Gensler G Taylor A . A Risk Score for the Prediction of Advanced Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Development and Validation in 2 Prospective Cohorts. Ophthalmology. 2014 Mar 17;
[PubMed ID: 24650555]
Tragante V Barnes MR Ganesh SK Lanktree MB Guo W Franceschini N Smith EN Johnson T Holmes MV Padmanabhan S Karczewski KJ Almoguera B Barnard J Baumert J Chang YP Elbers CC Farrall M Fischer ME Gaunt TR Gho JM Gieger C Goel A Gong Y Isaacs A Kleber ME Mateo Leach I McDonough CW Meijs MF Melander O Nelson CP Nolte IM Pankratz N Price TS Shaffer J Shah S Tomaszewski M van der Most PJ Van Iperen EP Vonk JM Witkowska K Wong CO Zhang L Beitelshees AL Berenson GS Bhatt DL Brown M Burt A Cooper-Dehoff RM Connell JM Cruickshanks KJ Curtis SP Davey-Smith G Delles C Gansevoort RT Guo X Haiqing S Hastie CE Hofker MH Hovingh GK Kim DS Kirkland SA Klein BE Klein R Li YR Maiwald S Newton-Cheh C O'Brien ET Onland-Moret NC Palmas W Parsa A Penninx BW Pettinger M Vasan RS Ranchalis JE M Ridker P Rose LM Sever P Shimbo D Steele L Stolk RP Thorand B Trip MD van Duijn CM Verschuren WM Wijmenga C Wyatt S Young JH Zwinderman AH Bezzina CR Boerwinkle E Casas JP Caulfield MJ Chakravarti A Chasman DI Davidson KW Doevendans PA Dominiczak AF Fitzgerald GA Gums JG Fornage M Hakonarson H Halder I Hillege HL Illig T Jarvik GP Johnson JA Kastelein JJ Koenig W Kumari M März W Murray SS O'Connell JR Oldehinkel AJ Pankow JS Rader DJ Redline S Reilly MP Schadt EE Kottke-Marchant K Snieder H Snyder M Stanton AV Tobin MD Uitterlinden AG van der Harst P van der Schouw YT Samani NJ Watkins H Johnson AD Reiner AP Zhu X de Bakker PI Levy D Asselbergs FW Munroe PB Keating BJ . Gene-centric Meta-analysis in 87,736 Individuals of European Ancestry Identifies Multiple Blood-Pressure-Related Loci. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 Mar 6;94(3):349-60
[PubMed ID: 24560520]
Scott IU Jackson GR Quillen DA Larsen M Klein R Liao J Holfort S Munch IC Gardner TW . Effect of Doxycycline vs Placebo on Retinal Function and Diabetic Retinopathy Progression in Patients With Severe Nonproliferative or Non-High-Risk Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Mar 6;
[PubMed ID: 24604308]
Klein BE Lee KE Klein R . Statin use and cataracts. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Mar 1;132(3):366-7
[PubMed ID: 24626837]
Wang JJ Buitendijk GH Rochtchina E Lee KE Klein BE van Duijn CM Flood VM Meuer SM Attia J Myers C Holliday EG Tan AG Smith WT Iyengar SK de Jong PT Hofman A Vingerling JR Mitchell P Klein R Klaver CC . Genetic susceptibility, dietary antioxidants, and long-term incidence of age-related macular degeneration in two populations. Ophthalmology. 2014 Mar;121(3):667-75
[PubMed ID: 24290803]
Klein R Lee KE Gangnon RE Klein BE . Relation of Smoking, Drinking, and Physical Activity to Changes in Vision over a 20-Year Period: The Beaver Dam Eye Study. Ophthalmology. 2014 Feb 27;
[PubMed ID: 24594095]
Nash SD Cruickshanks KJ Zhan W Tsai MY Klein R Chappell R Nieto FJ Klein BE Schubert CR Dalton DS Tweed TS . Long-term assessment of systemic inflammation and the cumulative incidence of age-related hearing impairment in the epidemiology of hearing loss study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Feb;69(2):207-14
[PubMed ID: 23739996]
Ding J Wai KL McGeechan K Ikram MK Kawasaki R Xie J Klein R Klein BB Cotch MF Wang JJ Mitchell P Shaw JE Takamasa K Sharrett AR Wong TY . Retinal vascular caliber and the development of hypertension: a meta-analysis of individual participant data. J Hypertens. 2014 Feb;32(2):207-15
[PubMed ID: 24322199]
Klein R Meuer SM Myers CE Buitendijk GH Rochtchina E Choudhury F de Jong PT McKean-Cowdin R Iyengar SK Gao X Lee KE Vingerling JR Mitchell P Klaver CC Wang JJ Klein BE . Harmonizing the classification of age-related macular degeneration in the three-continent AMD consortium. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2014 Feb;21(1):14-23
[PubMed ID: 24467558]
Zhong W Cruickshanks KJ Schubert CR Carlsson CM Chappell RJ Klein BE Klein R Acher CW . Pulse wave velocity and cognitive function in older adults. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2014 Jan-Mar;28(1):44-9
[PubMed ID: 23632267]
Howard KP Klein BE Dreyer JO Danforth LG Klein R . Cross-sectional associations of medication and supplement use with retinal vascular diameter in the Beaver Dam Eye Study. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan;132(1):23-31
[PubMed ID: 24357405]
Klein BE Howard KP Lee KE Klein R . Changing incidence of lens extraction over 20 years: the Beaver Dam eye study. Ophthalmology. 2014 Jan;121(1):5-9
[PubMed ID: 23932514]
Klein R Klein BE . The prevalence of age-related eye diseases and visual impairment in aging: current estimates. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013 Dec 13;54(14):ORSF5-ORSF13
[PubMed ID: 24335069]