Dr. Michael Greenwood – Ophthalmologist Surgeon

Meet Dr. Michael Greenwood

Dr. Michael Greenwood is a Fargo, ND board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, glaucoma, cornea, and laser vision correction (LASIK) surgery. Upon the finality of the fellowship with Vance Thompson Vision, Dr. Greenwood was invited to remain on the staff, working among the greater Midwest’s most accomplished ophthalmologists. Today, Dr. Greenwood leads Vance Thompson Vision’s Fargo, ND area location. As a Jamestown, ND native, Dr. Greenwood is proud to offer premier eye care close to home.

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Education & Training

While attending the University of North Dakota, Dr. Greenwood was recognized by ESPN as an Academic All-American football player. After receiving his undergraduate education, Dr. Greenwood enrolled in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences to complete his Doctorate of Medicine. For his ophthalmology training, Dr. Greenwood chose to train at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH where he was an administrative chief resident. Dr. Greenwood furthered his ophthalmology training with an advanced anterior segment fellowship at Vance Thompson Vision alongside board-certified ophthalmologists Drs. Thompson, and Berdahl.

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Contribution — Delhi Ophthalmological Society
  • Resident Excellence Award — ASCRS Foundation
  • AAO Advocacy Ambassador — American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Administrative Chief Resident — Case Western Reserve University
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Class President — UNDSMHS
  • First Team Academic All-American, Football — ESPN The Magazine
  • Student Athlete of the Year — North Central Conference
  • Male Student Athlete of the Year — University of North Dakota

Skills & Expertise

With in-depth, hands-on training in advanced anterior segment surgery, it is no wonder that Dr. Greenwood specializes in the most advanced surgical treatment of the eye. As a fellowship-trained cornea and glaucoma surgeon, Dr. Greenwood performs the most advanced techniques in cornea transplants, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), laser-assisted cataract surgery, and laser vision correction (LASIK). He continues to be a leading surgeon in the eye care industry ever since starting his ophthalmology journey, and believes that every patient deserves to see life with clarity. He is honored to put his exemplary skill set to use to make that happen.

Extracurricular Involvement

Dr. Greenwood is passionate about teaching and is a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the University of North Dakota, helping teach medical students and residents. He is also the associate medical director of the Dakota Lions Sight and Health, working to advance the field of corneal transplantation. Dr. Greenwood has been published in a number of peer reviewed journals. In addition, Dr. Greenwood is a member of the following organizations:

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • The International Society of Refractive Surgery

Hobbies & Personal Interests

When Dr. Greenwood is not performing eye surgery, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Heidi, and daughter, Quincy. Together they like playing golf, running, reading, and listening to music. Dr. Greenwood also enjoys playing hockey and skates year-round. In the summertime, they enjoy spending time outdoors in the lakes area.

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"Both my husband and myself received the services of Dr. Greenwood, one year apart. Our experience has been excellent. We both had lenses placed at the time of our cataract surgery so we would not need to wear glasses and are extremely happy with the results. I also needed stents placed to address my condition of high pressures in my eyes and to avoid problems with glaucoma. The only issue I encountered following my surgery was with the eyesight in one eye that was not “as sharp” as Dr. Greenwood felt it should be. With one simple procedure he was able to get the vision 20/20 in that eye also. From our initial clinic visit, the kindness of everyone from front desk clerks and examining nurses through the surgical procedures, and then the follow up call to inquire how we were doing from Dr. Greenwood himself the evening of our surgeries, we couldn’t be more satisfied or happy with the results and have recommended Dr. Greenwood to others."



"I was very nervous about cataract surgery. I know people say it's an easy surgery but when people are doing things to your eyes I get nervous. Dr Greenwood and staff made the experience very easy and did a great job. Before, during and after. Dr Greenwood even called me personally the night after each of my surgeries to make sure everything was good. I highly recommend them and put your mind at ease, they are very professional."



"The facilities and staff are both outstanding. Everyone is kind and caring and helpful. And because Dr. Greenwood is so skilled, there is no need for apprehension. His associate, Dr. Risbrudt is also top-notch. ND is fortunate to have this facility!!!"



"I had an excellent experience with Vance Thompson Vision. Dr. Greenwood and all of the staff were very professional and friendly. I was very comfortable thru the whole process of cataract surgery! I would highly recommend them! Thank you!"



"I walked in the door of Vance Thompson Vision. I was apprehensive. I needed cataract surgery and my first experience was not positive. I had been referred here by my eye doctor at Essentia. I met with Matt. He was friendly, efficient and put me at ease immediately. I had extensive testing done. Then I met Dr. Greenwood. I told him I would like the best vision I could get. He explained there would be a new lens available after the first of January, 2020. He was very excited about it as it could help my vision tremendously as I have some extenuating problems. He was very patient with my questions and took the time to make me feel comfortable with the decision I made. I have just had my surgery!! It was a breeze AND I can see!! One day after surgery I am at 20/20 vision!! The after care has been just as positive!! I am very pleased with the entire staff at Vance Thompson Vision. Thank you for making my surgery such a positive experience!! I highly recommend these wonderful people!!"



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