Michael Altaweel, MD

Dr. Altaweel is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology Fundus Photograph Reading Center. His clinical specialties include diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, and fundus interpretation. His research interests include clinical trials of drug efficacy as well as the scientific grading of retinal photographs and fluorescein angiograms.

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Association Between Long-Lasting Intravitreous Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant vs Systemic Anti-inflammatory Therapy and Visual Acuity at 7 Years Among Patients With Intermediate, Posterior, or Panuveitis.

JAMA. 2017 May 06;:

Authors: Writing Committee for the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial and Follow-up Study Research Group, Kempen JH, Altaweel MM, Holbrook JT, Sugar EA, Thorne JE, Jabs DA

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Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Mar 13;:

Authors: Weinlander EJ, Wang AL, Jaru-Ampornpan P, Altaweel MM, Nork TM

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Retina. 2017 Feb;37(2):396-399

Authors: Kurup SK, McClintic JI, Allen JC, Baartman BJ, Altaweel MM, Garg SJ, Quiroz-Mercado H


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Morphological assessment of the retina in uveitis.

J Ophthalmic Inflamm Infect. 2016 Dec;6(1):33

Authors: Altaweel MM, Gangaputra SS, Thorne JE, Dunn JP, Elner SG, Jaffe GJ, Kim RY, Rao PK, Reed SB, Kempen JH, MUST Research Group


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Benefits of Systemic Anti-inflammatory Therapy versus Fluocinolone Acetonide Intraocular Implant for Intermediate Uveitis, Posterior Uveitis, and Panuveitis: Fifty-four-Month Results of the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial and Follow-up Study.

Ophthalmology. 2015 Oct;122(10):1967-75

Authors: Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group, Kempen JH, Altaweel MM, Drye LT, Holbrook JT, Jabs DA, Sugar EA, Thorne JE

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Cataract Surgery Outcomes in Uveitis: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment Trial.

Ophthalmology. 2015 Oct 20;

Authors: Sen HN, Abreu FM, Louis TA, Sugar EA, Altaweel MM, Elner SG, Holbrook JT, Jabs DA, Kim RY, Kempen JH, Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial and Follow-up Study Research Group

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Bevacizumab Versus Ranibizumab in the Treatment of Macular Edema Due to Retinal Vein Occlusion: 6-Month Results of the CRAVE Study.

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2015 Sep;46(8):844-50

Authors: Rajagopal R, Shah GK, Blinder KJ, Altaweel M, Eliott D, Wee R, Cooper B, Walia H, Smith B, Joseph DP

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Factors Predicting Visual Acuity Outcome in Intermediate, Posterior and Panuveitis: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial.

Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep 16;

Authors: Kempen JH, Van Natta ML, Altaweel MM, Dunn JP, Jabs DA, Lightman SL, Thorne JE, Holbrook JT, Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group

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Uveal Melanoma Presenting as a Pigmented Conjunctival Lesion.

Ophthalmology. 2015 Aug;122(8):1652

Authors: Phelps PO, Surapaneni KR, Nehls SM, Altaweel MM

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Shaggy photoreceptors with subfoveal fluid associated with a distant choroidal melanoma.

Case Rep Ophthalmol Med. 2015;2015:187542

Authors: Tran AQ, Eadie JA, Altaweel MM


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Outcomes of Eyes with Lesions Composed of >50% Blood in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT).

Ophthalmology. 2014 Oct 9;

Authors: Altaweel MM, Daniel E, Martin DF, Mittra RA, Grunwald JE, Lai MM, Melamud A, Morse LS, Huang J, Ferris FL, Fine SL, Maguire MG, Comparison of Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT) Research Group

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Response to Aflibercept in Patients With Persistent Exudation Despite Prior Treatment With Bevacizumab or Ranibizumab for Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2014 Sep 23;:1-4

Authors: Eadie JA, Gottlieb JL, Ip MS, Blodi BA, Danis RP, Chandra SR, Nork MM, Altaweel MM, Stern-Hogan BS

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Cost-Effectiveness of Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant versus Systemic Therapy for Noninfectious Intermediate, Posterior, and Panuveitis.

Ophthalmology. 2014 Jun 4;

Authors: The Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group, Writing Committee:, Sugar EA, Holbrook JT, Kempen JH, Burke AE, Drye LT, Thorne JE, Louis TA, Jabs DA, Altaweel MM, Frick KD

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Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome.

JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan 1;132(1):56

Authors: Azari AA, Rezaei Kanavi M, Thompson MJ, Altaweel MM, Potter HD, Albert DM


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Fluorescein Angiography versus Optical Coherence Tomography for Diagnosis of Uveitic Macular Edema.

Ophthalmology. 2013 May 21;

Authors: Kempen JH, Sugar EA, Jaffe GJ, Acharya NR, Dunn JP, Elner SG, Lightman SL, Thorne JE, Vitale AT, Altaweel MM, Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial Research Group


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Optical Coherence Tomography Evaluation in the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial.

Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2012 Nov 19;

Authors: Domalpally A, Altaweel MM, Kempen JH, Myers D, Davis JL, Foster CS, Latkany P, Srivastava SK, Stawell RJ, Holbrook JT, For the MUST Trial Research Group

The impact of macular edema on visual function in intermediate, posterior, and panuveitis.

Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2012 Jun;20(3):171-81

Authors: Taylor SR, Lightman SL, Sugar EA, Jaffe GJ, Freeman WR, Altaweel MM, Kozak I, Holbrook JT, Jabs DA, Kempen JH

Collaborative Ocular Oncology Group Report Number 1: Prospective Validation of a Multi-Gene Prognostic Assay in Uveal Melanoma.

Ophthalmology. 2012 Apr 20;

Authors: Onken MD, Worley LA, Char DH, Augsburger JJ, Correa ZM, Nudleman E, Aaberg TM, Altaweel MM, Bardenstein DS, Finger PT, Gallie BL, Harocopos GJ, Hovland PG, McGowan HD, Milman T, Mruthyunjaya P, Simpson ER, Smith ME, Wilson DJ, Wirostko WJ, Harbour JW


Identifying a clinically meaningful threshold for change in uveitic macular edema evaluated by optical coherence tomography.

Am J Ophthalmol. 2011 Dec;152(6):1044-1052.e5

Authors: Sugar EA, Jabs DA, Altaweel MM, Lightman S, Acharya N, Vitale AT, Thorne JE,

Challenges in the design and implementation of the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) Trial--lessons for comparative effectiveness trials.

Clin Trials. 2011 Dec;8(6):736-43

Authors: Holbrook JT, Kempen JH, Prusakowski NA, Altaweel MM, Jabs DA,

Randomized comparison of systemic anti-inflammatory therapy versus fluocinolone acetonide implant for intermediate, posterior, and panuveitis: the multicenter uveitis steroid treatment trial.

Ophthalmology. 2011 Oct;118(10):1916-26

Authors: , Kempen JH, Altaweel MM, Holbrook JT, Jabs DA, Louis TA, Sugar EA, Thorne JE

Morphologic assessment for glaucoma in the Multicenter Uveitis Steroid Treatment (MUST) trial.

Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2011 Aug;19(4):267-74

Authors: Gangaputra SS, Altaweel MM, Peng Q, Friedman DS, Rao PK, Foster CS, Kim RY, Reed SB, Srivastava SK, Wong IG, Kempen JH,

Validation of a photographic vitreous haze grading technique for clinical trials in uveitis.

Am J Ophthalmol. 2011 Aug;152(2):170-176.e1

Authors: Madow B, Galor A, Feuer WJ, Altaweel MM, Davis JL


Standard Care vs Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) Study system for evaluation of stereoscopic color fundus photographs and fluorescein angiograms: SCORE Study Report 9.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2010 Sep;128(9):1140-5

Authors: Blodi BA, Domalpally A, Scott IU, Ip MS, Oden NL, Elledge J, Warren K, Altaweel MM, Kim JE, Van Veldhuisen PC,

The multicenter uveitis steroid treatment trial: rationale, design, and baseline characteristics.

Am J Ophthalmol. 2010 Apr;149(4):550-561.e10

Authors: , Kempen JH, Altaweel MM, Holbrook JT, Jabs DA, Sugar EA

Association of fluorescein angiographic features with visual acuity and with optical coherence tomographic and stereoscopic color fundus photographic features of diabetic macular edema in a randomized clinical trial.

Retina. 2010 Nov-Dec;30(10):1627-37

Authors: Danis RP, Scott IU, Qin H, Altaweel MM, Bressler NM, Bressler SB, Browning DJ, Kollman C,