Dr. Brandon Baartman was born and raised in Rochester, MN. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN for his undergraduate degree and graduated with honors from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. It was during medical school that Dr. Baartman realized his passion for ophthalmology 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, where he served as the Chief Resident 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 to continue his career with a one-year advanced anterior segment fellowship with Dr. Thompson, Dr. Tendler, and Dr. Berdahl.
Outside of work, Brandon has a passion for outdoor family activities with his wife Nicole and their young daughter. He also enjoys golfing, tennis, biking as well as sports in the colder months like ice hockey and skiing.