Dr. Russell Swan – Ophthalmologist Surgeon

Meet Dr. Russell Swan

Russell Swan, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in advanced cataract surgery, corneal surgery, glaucoma surgery, and laser vision correction (LASIK) at Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman, MT. He is well known at Vance Thompson Vision for his enthusiastic approach and optimism. 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 Bozeman team. 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 and optimism when discussing potential outcomes with patients prior to their procedures.

Extracurricular Involvement

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.


"My husband was referred by his eye doctor in Helena and we were pleased to get an appointment within a few days. The appointment was a pleasant experience, with friendly, knowledgeable staff.  Kacie did the preliminary tests and was very good to my husband and very professional on her knowledge. Dr Swan has a very easy manner and was very thorough and really informative. He spent plenty of time explaining and was clear about the benefits and drawbacks to my husbands procedure.      The whole appointment was very relaxed and informative.  We'll post how the procedure went soon!"



"Very professional very friendly and Dr Swan was awesome"



"The staff was amazing from the first phone call to surgery day. If you are considering laser eye surgery you don't need to look further: this is world class technology and customer service right in Bozeman. I had PRK on 1/24/19 with Dr. Swan which was a painless, simple and quick procedure (despite my fears of it). I had -5.25 with astigmatism in both eyes and could tell the vision improvement the same day, drove 5 days later and one week out had major improvement in vision. My aftercare doctor has mentioned how smooth my eyes are and how well they are healing due to Dr Swan's technique. [Tips for PRK: plan to spend 2-3 days relaxing in a dark room (audio books and black out curtains a must!), pain happens after surgery so take the Tylenol immediately to keep up on pain management, and keep up on the eyes drops]"



"The entire Vance Thompson team is purely wonderful! Dr. Swan, Bri, Susan, Kim and the entire crew make each patient feel comfortable, welcome, and well cared for at every interaction! I can't recommend these guys enough!!!"



"Dr. Swan is so knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. He walked me through a lot of options, gave me clear next steps, and left me feeling very confident about the best next steps."