Dr. Brandon Baartman – Ophthalmologist Surgeon

Meet Dr. Brandon Baartman

Dr. Brandon Baartman is our board-eligible ophthalmologist surgeon at the Vance Thompson Vision in Omaha, NE practice. Dr. Baartman completed his ophthalmology training at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. While there, he served as the chief resident in ophthalmology during his last year and was recognized by the Cleveland Clinic with an "Excellence in Teaching" award. He joined Vance Thompson Vision in July 2017 for a one-year advanced anterior segment fellowship with Dr. Thompson, Dr. Tendler, and Dr. Berdahl. In his career, Dr. Baartman has participated in numerous clinical trials, published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been awarded for his research presentations on a variety of topics in the field of ophthalmology. After his fellowship, Dr. Baartman elected to stay on as an associate with Vance Thompson Vision.

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Education & Training

Dr. Baartman attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN for his undergraduate degree. He went on to graduate from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. During medical school, Dr. Baartman realized his passion for eye care and the true impact of sight-saving surgery (especially through his travels around the world — from Honduras, Ghana, and the northernmost region of the Indian Himalayas). Dr. Baartman furthered his ophthalmology training with an advanced anterior segment fellowship at Vance Thompson Vision alongside board-certified ophthalmologists Drs. Thompson, Tendler, and Berdahl.

Skills & Expertise

Being fellowship-trained in the most advanced surgical treatments of the eye, Dr. Baartman provides his patients with corneal irregularities, glaucoma issues, laser vision correction (LASIK), and much more. During his training, he studied and participated in advanced anterior segment surgery. He is also well versed in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) techniques, cornea transplants, cataracts removal, and planning the surgical strategy of challenging cases. 

Extracurricular Involvement

Improving the quality of eye care in his community is very important to Dr. Baartman. He volunteers his ophthalmology services because of his commitments to education, research, technology, and improving the patient experience in vision care.

Hobbies & Personal Interests

He was born and raised in Rochester, MN and has appreciated living and working with Midwestern people in the heart of the United States. Outside of work, Dr. Baartman adores spending time quality with his wife Nicole and their daughter Sophia. Ask him about golfing, tennis, biking, outdoor ice hockey, and skiing. He will share with you his passion for outdoor sports.