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Karen Walker-Brandreth, OD, FAAO

Dr. Karen Walker-Brandreth.

Emerita Clinical Professor

School of Optometry


Dr. Walker-Brandreth, a clinical professor and former director of the ocular diagnosis clinics at Berkeley, is widely recognized as one of the most influential clinical instructors in the history of Berkeley Optometry. She taught more than 25 didactic courses on ocular and systemic disease, ocular pharmacology, and clinical examination of the visual system, as well as grand rounds and seminars. One of her signature contributions is “Color Code of the Retina,” an innovative system for diagnosing retinal pathology.

Dr. Walker-Brandreth has been a role model and mentor to generations of students and optometrists, acknowledged for her commitment and innovative teaching and for her transformative role in the growth of optometry into a respected member among the health care professions. In 2014, Dr. Walker-Brandreth was honored as the first woman inducted into the Berkeley Optometry Hall of Fame.