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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)

Asian Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Botox ® and Fillers

Brow Lift

Correction of Trichiasis

Cosmetic Laser Services

Cosmetic Surgery

Dacryocystorhinostomy (Tear Duct Surgery)

Ectropion Repair

Entropion Repair


Eye Socket Reconstruction

Eyelid and Facial Reconstruction after Skin Cancer

Eyelid Disorders

Facial Aging

Facial Laser Resurfacing

Facial Nerve Disorders

Facial Nerve Paralysis

Facial Rejuvenation

Gender Services - Facial Feminization

Lacrimal (Tear Duct) Surgery

Midface Lift

Mole and Skin Tag Removal

Oculofacial Plastic Surgery

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive 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 Eye Disease

Thyroid Eyelid Retraction Surgery


American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
(608) 836-9990 | (866) 447-9990 | Map
UW Health Eye Clinic - Rockford
(815) 399-1141 | | Map
University Hospital
(608) 263-6190 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Station Clinic
(608) 263-7171 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

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

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.

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
Boulter TD Burkat CN Downie E Hawes MJ Willoughby B Fante RG Silicone Scaffold Support Using a Bilayer Dermal Regeneration Matrix Template for Correction of Primary or Recurrent Eyelid Retraction. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg . 2021 Mar-Apr 01;37(2):183-187
[PubMed ID: 32826828]
Wang J Ford J Esmaeli B Langer P Esmaili N Griepentrog GJ Couch SM Nguyen J Gold KG Duerksen K Burkat CN Hartstein ME Gandhi P Sobel RK Moon JY Barmettler A Inverted Papilloma of the Orbit and Nasolacrimal System. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg . 2021 Mar-Apr 01;37(2):161-167
[PubMed ID: 32501879]
Sweeney AR Wang M Weller CL Burkat C Kossler AL Lee BW Yen MT Outcomes of corneal neurotisation using processed nerve allografts: a multicentre case series. Br J Ophthalmol . 2020 Nov 16;
[PubMed ID: 33199302]
Downie EM Chen Y Lucarelli MJ Burkat CN Isolated Ophthalmoplegia Following Filler Injections to the Upper Face. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg . 2020 Nov Dec;36(6):e152-e154
[PubMed ID: 32282643]
Hamed-Azzam S Burkat C Mukari A Briscoe D Joshi N Scawn R Alon E Hartstein M Filler Migration to the Orbit. Aesthet Surg J . 2020 Sep 5;
[PubMed ID: 32887989]
Gazit I Gildener-Leapman J Or L Burkat CN Pras E Hartstein ME Müller's Muscle-conjunctival Resection Combined With Tarsectomy for Treatment of Congenital Ptosis. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg . 2019 Nov Dec;35(6):619-622
[PubMed ID: 31162300]
Bradfield Y Burkat CN Albert DM Potter HAD Capillary Hemangioma Presenting as a Scleral Vascular Lesion in a Child. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg . 2019 Sep Oct;35(5):e115-e116
[PubMed ID: 31503170]
Papudesu C Burkat CN Potter HAD Breast Metastases Masquerading as Cellulitis. Ophthalmology . 2019 May;126(5):722
[PubMed ID: 31005191]
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. Ophthalmic 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. Ophthalmic 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. Ophthalmic 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. Ophthalmic 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. Ophthalmic 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. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg . 2009 Sep-Oct;25(5):354-8
[PubMed ID: 19966646]