Brandon Baartman, MD

Omaha, NE

Dr. Baartman is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is energized by his patients and the opportunity to educate them about eye health. He leads our practice in Omaha, NE. Read More


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Meet Dr. Baartman

After his fellowship, Dr. Baartman elected to stay on as an associate with Vance Thompson Vision and is currently the lead surgeon at our Omaha, NE practice. 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.

During his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Baartman served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology and was recognized for his service with an Excellence in Teaching award.

Interests & Added Expertise

Dr. Baartman has always valued vision, but he sees the true impact of sight-saving surgery most clearly during his regular international travels, which have taken him to Honduras, Ghana, and the northernmost region of the Indian Himalayas. During those trips, he has served men, women, and children with limited access to the life-changing surgeries that restore sight. He’s a past volunteer surgeon with Surgical Eye Expeditions International, and he currently volunteers with OneWorld Community Health.


  • Century High School, Rochester, MN
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Cole Eye Institute Residency, Cleveland, OH
  • Vance Thompson Vision Fellowship

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 “One to Watch” in Ophthalmology, Millennial Eye
  • 2019 Editorial Board, American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeWiki
  • 2016-2017 Cleveland Clinic Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2013 David Bryan Sloan III MD Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology
  • 2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Inductee
  • 2010 Global Impact Fellow, Unite for Sight

Personal & Hobbies

Brandon enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Nicole, and their children. He also enjoys reading, home improvement projects, and golfing.

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Prioritizing Research

Dr. Baartman has participated in numerous clinical trials, published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been nationally recognized for his research presentations on a variety of topics in the field of ophthalmology.

Our Research

Brandon Baartman, MD Reviews

April 16, 2024

My experience was great! What a great staff and nurses. Dr. Baartman made you feel so comfortable and would highly recommend Vance Thompson.

March 13, 2024

Dr. Baartman and the entire clinical staff was AMAZING!! They provided reassurance throughout the entire process. The quality of their care was excellent. Dr Baartman is caring and has excellent surgical skills. Thank you so much for giving me my sight back. Thanks to the team at Vance Thompson Vison.

March 8, 2024

This is the most fantastic organization I could ever imagine. Doctor Baartman is wonderful. His personality is so enjoyable to be around. The support staff is the best. They put you at ease. My wife has cataracts, and is eager to have Doctor Baartman take care of her too. I wish to thank each and everyone there, for the experience they provided.

November 24, 2023

Everything was explained, and happy to answer questions. All the staff were nice & sweet. For the Dr, he was the same and I'm sure that's why this vision center is successful! I also thought Dr B has a great singing voice. It relaxed me.....

November 15, 2023

Dr. Baartman is amazing. He's so amazing, caring, awesome communication, following up personally, and loved talking about hot chocolate during the procedure lol. I got a big kick out of that! The entire staff are 100% amazing. Every single person is so very kind, very understanding, and very attentive. I give you all a 10+++. I will highly recommend Vance Thompson Vision to everyone. Thank you so much for everything amazing, and I wish you all a happy holiday season!

June 14, 2023

Honestly the best experience I have ever had with ANY medical professional. Everyone from the Receptionist to all support staff to Dr. Baartman. Excellent service and follow-up! Love the fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies :cookie:! Highly recommend Vance Thompson Vision.

March 11, 2023

Absolutely amazing experience. Dr. Baartman and the entire staff at Vance Thompson Vision are phenomenal. The level of care and service they provided was like nothing I’ve experienced. I highly recommended them for all of your vision needs.

February 14, 2023

I was nervous about my cataract surgery and they made me very comfortable! The surgery went great and all aspects of care were kind and efficient. Dr. Baartman’s follow-up call was much appreciated!

January 25, 2023

I have nothing but praise for the surgeries I had at Vance Thompson! Everyone - from the front desk to Dr Baartman were amazing! I have recommended them to many people- in fact my brother is currently going there for cataract surgery!

April 18, 2022

I am so happy and blessed to have had by cataracts taken care of here. Dr. Baartman and all the staff are the very best. They are caring and knowledgeable and answer any and all questions that I might have had. My vision is the best it’s ever been. I no longer wear glasses — the first time in 62 years! Can’t say enough good about the clinic and staff. I will be recommending them to others for eye care! :red_heart:️

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Dr. Baartman always looks forward to welcoming new and current patients. To schedule a consultation with his team, simply call the number below or click Contact Us and we’ll be in touch shortly. We are honored by the opportunity to serve you.

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