Christopher L. Haupert, M.D.
Dr. Haupert joined Iowa Retina Consultants in 2000 after completing his fellowship. He was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He graduated summa cum laude in Biology and Spanish from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, won the Brianne Lee Spanish Award, and was selected concertmaster of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. He earned 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 earned the Hansjoerg E. Kolder Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology. He undertook his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, during which he was voted Chief Resident. He completed his vitreoretinal fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he received the Hornaday Fellow Award.
Dr. Haupert 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 Department of Transportation and Surgery Center of Des Moines.
Dr. Haupert has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed medical journals and was lead author on the first paper describing vitrectomy with subretinal injection of tissue plasminogen activator for pneumatic displacement of thick submacular hemorrhage due to age-related macular degeneration. He recently authored a chapter in The Duke Manual of Vitreoretinal Surgery. He has spoken at many clinical conferences, both national and regional, most recently including presentations to statewide meetings of optometrists, surgical nurses, and surgical technicians.
Dr. Haupert most enjoys spending time with his wife, his two daughters, and his closely-knit extended family. He has performed in a variety of musical ensembles in multiple genres including classical, bluegrass, and rock. His bands have performed in numerous venues including his church, the Duke Advanced Vitreoretinal Surgery Course, and the Iowa State Fair. He is an active volunteer with Joppa Outreach, a local nonprofit that serves the Des Moines homeless population. Foreign culture and travel have always interested him; he is fluent in Spanish. He also enjoys watching and participating in a variety of sports and is an avid supporter of the legendary University of Iowa wrestling program.