Christopher L. Haupert, M.D.
Dr. Haupert has been with Iowa Retina Consultants since 2000, when he joined the practice after completing his fellowship. He was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, awarded the Oxford Clerkship under which he studied at Oxford University in England, received the New Researcher Award for his work in the Department of Ophthalmology, and was given the Hansjoerg E. Kolder Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology. He undertook his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was voted Chief Resident. He completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he received the Hornaday Fellow Award.
He has held numerous service and leadership positions throughout his career. Most notably, he served as President of the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology from 2010 to 2012, represented the Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology as Councilor to the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 2010 to 2013, was selected to participate in the AAO Leadership Development Program XII in 2010, and served on the Iowa Medical Society Committee on Legislation from 2005 to 2009. In addition, he served for nine years as Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology at Mercy Medical Center and has held leadership positions with the Iowa Medical Society, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and Surgery Center of Des Moines.
Dr. Haupert has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed medical journals and recently authored a chapter in The Duke Manual of Vitreoretinal Surgery. He has spoken at numerous clinical conferences, both national and regional, most recently including presentations to statewide meetings of optometrists, surgical nurses, and surgical technicians.
Family is Dr. Haupert’s highest priority. He most enjoys spending time with his wife, his two daughters, and his closely-knit extended family. Another of his primary interests is music; he has performed in a variety of musical ensembles, including vocal quartets, choirs, string quartets, orchestras, and a number of rock bands. His bands have performed in a number of venues including his church, the Duke Advanced Vitreoretinal Surgery Course, and the Iowa State Fair. He enjoys an active role in Joppa Outreach, a local nonprofit that serves the Des Moines homeless population. Foreign culture and travel have always interested him, and he is fluent in Spanish. He also loves watching and participating in a variety of sports and is an avid supporter of the legendary University of Iowa wrestling program.