Dr. Terri Young Named Ophthalmology Chair at University of Wisconsin

June 16, 2014

Terri Young, MD, an internationally renowned physician-scientist and co-director of Duke’s CTSA Pre-doctoral Research Training Program, has been chosen to chair the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Young, who came to Duke in 2005, is a professor of ophthalmology, pediatrics and medicine, and founding director of the Duke Eye Center Ophthalmic Genetics Clinic and Research Program. Recently, she has been co-leading Duke’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) pre-doctoral training program, along with David Edelman, MD.  This program has offered financial and mentoring support to medical students to complete a rigorous course of study in clinical research through the Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP).


“Terri is especially outstanding at nurturing students and trainees who did not have the advantages of a wealthy background, or who are underrepresented in academic medicine at any level,” said Edelman. “She is especially involved with academic women’s issues and was invaluable to the medical student women in the program.”

Young’s clinical interests include ophthalmic genetics and the surgical correction of pediatric eye disorders. Her laboratory research focuses on the genetic studies of inheritable disorders such as myopia. Her research program includes the development of animal models in zebrafish and mice for eye diseases to help us understand genetic influences in the human eye.  In May, 2013, Young’s team published their discovery of mutations in a gene that helps regulate copper and oxygen levels in the eye and its association with a severe form of nearsightedness. 

“Terri epitomizes academic medicine’s ‘triple threat’ with her expertise in research, clinical care and education,” said Rob Califf, director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. “She is a shining example of how academic medicine can transform medicine – in her case, eye care – by combining laboratory research and hands-on clinical care. She has also been a fabulous role model for our next generation of healthcare leaders not only in the breadth of her knowledge and experience, but also in her ability to believe in herself and inspire those around her.”

“Although we are sad to see her leave Duke, we know she will make an excellent contribution to the University of Wisconsin.”