Meet Dr. Russell Swan
Dr. Russell Swan’s adventurous spirit and boisterous laugh make him easily distinguishable at Vance Thompson Vision. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery, corneal surgery, glaucoma surgery, and laser vision correction. Dr. Swan was introduced to our vision team in 2016 when he joined after his residency to complete his fellowship in advanced anterior segment surgery. When offered the opportunity to remain on our staff following the finality of his fellowship, Dr. Swan accepted and now leads our team in Bozeman and Billings. Dr. Swan currently serves as the adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and holds a national leadership role for the Seniors EyeCare Program. He is affiliated with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, Refractive Surgery Alliance, and Cornea Society.
Education & Training
As a Grant, NE native born and raised, Dr. Swan chose to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for his undergraduate education. After graduating with the highest distinction, Dr. Swan enrolled in the University of Nebraska Medical Center from which he earned his Doctorate of Medicine with honors. Dr. Swan’s ophthalmology training began at Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and continued through an advanced anterior segment surgery residency at Vance Thompson Vision, which he completed in 2016. His prestigious education and detailed training have helped Dr. Swan to obtain an exemplary set of skills.
Skills & Expertise
Due to his extensive training in advanced anterior segment surgery, Dr. Swan is highly skilled in surgeries of the outer portion of the eye, including cornea transplants, laser vision correction surgery, glaucoma surgery, and cataract surgery. As a fellowship-trained cornea and glaucoma surgeon, Dr. Swan performs the most advanced techniques in cornea transplants, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), laser-assisted cataract surgery, and laser vision correction (LASIK). By surgically addressing issues in the anterior segment (outermost layers of the eye), patients are typically able to see with more clarity, increasing their quality of life. Dr. Swan is well known at Vance Thompson Vision for his enthusiastic approach when discussing potential outcomes with patients prior to their procedures.
Having participated in numerous FDA-monitored clinical trials during his time as a practicing ophthalmologist, Dr. Swan has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on various topics related to the field. Dr. Swan has a passion for community and public outreach. This is demonstrated in his establishment of and participation in multiple free charity surgery days, as well as his outreach to the Navajo Nation in Utah and two months of service and training in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition, Dr. Swan hopes that by focusing efforts on the development of an infrastructure and training program for the National Residency Training Program at the Hospital San Felipe in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the country may see improved eye care.
Hobbies & Personal Interests
When he is not performing surgery at the clinic, Dr. Swan enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his family, including his wife Monica and their three children Aubree, Oliver, and Monte. Some of the Swan family’s favorite past times include hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, and exploring. Dr. Swan is excited to continue his ophthalmology career in Montana and looks forward to many years of providing exemplary, advanced eye care services with the Vance Thompson Vision eye care team.
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"Very professional very friendly and Dr Swan was awesome"
"Dr. Swan and staff were and are wonderful to work with. They put your needs as well as your comfort first. I have the greatest confidence in the this team of people. I am very grateful for the care I have received and are still receiving."
"Everyone was fantastic! Fabulous job done by Dr. Swan & staff."
"Competency of Dr.Swan Friendliness of staff"
"Dr. Swan and his staff are an amazing, caring, professional bunch. They know what they are doing, do it cheerfully and with the patients interests at the forefront."