Dr. Brandon Baartman - Ophthalmologist Surgeon

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, Dr. Tendler, 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 and their daughter Sophia. He also enjoys golfing, tennis, biking as well as sports in the colder months like ice hockey and skiing.


"Vance Thompson Vision is the standard for exceptional eye care. From the very first phone call to schedule a consult, I felt like every need was taken care of, above and beyond my expectations. I’d taken my mom to her appointments with them before and was impressed with how well she was treated. I didn’t want to trust my eyes with any other doctors. Thank you to Dr. Baartman and team for your outstanding care through the entire process."



"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."



"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! ❤️"



"I had cataract surgery last month with Vance Thompson Vision and Dr Baartman. The entire experience was so positive from the first appointment to be sure I qualified for surgery through the final follow up, I was 100% satisfied! The office staff and the surgical staff were wonderful, kind and caring. The real plus is that my vision has improved drastically! I can read street signs, see better while night driving, colors are brighter and I don’t need glasses for distance! At my age, I do need reading glasses! Thank you Vance Thompson Vision for this positive experience! I highly recommend you have the surgery if you’re needing it! Be sure to call for Dr. Baartman if you’re in Nebraska!"



"VTV Omaha made my experience beyond exceptional. Everyone was extremely polite and comforting during a nerve-racking and vulnerable time. I would recommend Dr. Baartman and all of the staff that worked with me to anyone who is considering LASIK!"