Dr. Brandon Baartman - Ophthalmologist Surgeon

Meet Dr. Brandon Baartman

Dr. Brandon Baartman is energized by the patient experience, passionate about patient education, and brings energy and fun to the clinic. He is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist specializing in advanced cataract surgery, corneal surgery, glaucoma surgery, and laser vision correction. He joined Vance Thompson Vision in 2017 after completing his anterior segment fellowship with Vance Thompson Vision and now leads our practice in Omaha, NE.

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Education & Training

Dr. Brandon Baartman is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist. He was born and raised in Rochester, MN. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN for his undergraduate degree and 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. It was during medical school that Dr. Baartman realized his passion for eye care and the true impact of sight-saving surgery around the world through his travels to Honduras, Ghana, and the northernmost region of the Indian Himalayas.


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 and Dr. Berdahl.


He 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 fellowship, Dr. Baartman elected to stay on as an associate with Vance Thompson Vision, and is currently the lead surgeon at the Vance Thompson Vision office in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a passion for improving the quality of eye care in the community he serves through his commitments to education, research, technology, and improving the patient experience.


Outside of work, Brandon enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Nicole, their daughter Sophia and son Teddy. He also enjoys golfing, tennis, biking as well as sports in the colder months like ice hockey and skiing.

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"I highly recommend Dr. Baartman at VTV in Omaha. I am so pleased with the results of my surgeries. I cannot say enough about Dr. Baartman and his amazing staff! Professional, kind, caring, compassionate, friendly and FUN is how I describe my experience at VTV. Thank you...you’ve all been so SPEC-tacular! ❤️"



"Great people! Follow up phone call from Dr. Baartman."



"Vance Thompson Vision successfully performed cataract surgery with replacement lenses. I am totally gobsmacked with the brilliant results and would not hesitate recommending Dr Baartman's skillful artistry and expertise to one and all."



"Thank you Dr. Baartman and staff, and surgical team! Dr. Baartman was awesome! He explained all aspects of cataract surgery! Totally impressed with the new implants. Vision can be corrected after surgery using a small beam of light!! I opted for the regular lens implant, and am extremely happy! No glasses to see distance. I barely remember when I didn’t wear glasses or contact lens. My first glasses were in first grade......amazed that trees had LEAVES! Together, you and Dr. B decide which lens is best for you! Pros and cons of each! Dr. Baartman is a warm caring Doc, with a great sense of humor. He and his team were a perfect fit for me! The procedure was PAINLESS! Drops are used to numb the eye.....no needles! Recovery for me was less than 24 hrs. Of coarse there are rules to follow the first few weeks! I highly recommend VANCE THOMPSON Vision!"



"Dr Baartman and his staff are amazing! Very knowledgeable and clearly explained procedures and options. I’m really glad I came here"



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