Dr. Russell Swan – Ophthalmologist Surgeon

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.

After finishing his fellowship with Vance Thompson Vision, Dr. Swan was invited to join the surgical team to work among the region’s most accomplished ophthalmologists. Today, Dr. Swan serves patients at Vance Thompson Vision’s clinics in Bozeman and Billings, MT.

Dr. Swan is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Utah Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and serves on the Board of Directors of the Central American Eye Clinic. He is a Young Eye Surgeon (YES) representative of the ASCRS Foundation International Committee, has participated in global ophthalmology mission trips, and is a winner of the 2018 Millennial Eye One to Watch Award.

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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 front portion of the eye. As a fellowship-trained cornea and glaucoma surgeon, Dr. Swan performs the most advanced techniques in cornea transplants, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), refractive cataract surgery, and laser vision correction. By surgically addressing issues in the anterior segment, 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.

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.

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"From the first appointment all the way the through to the last, Dr. Swan has earned all five stars! The experience and the attention to detail was amazing! Dr. Swan cares deeply about his patients and seeks out the best treatment path for each individual. I am forever grateful for all that he has done so that I can see better at work and at home. For anyone that is unsure of who to go to, Dr. Swan is the one!"



"Dr. Swan and his entire team were absolutely the most professional, kind, welcoming medical staff I Have ever encountered. I was seen at my exact appointment time, each step of the exam Process was explained completely and progressed in a very timely manner. There was no down time. After the thorough examProcess, Dr Swan took the time to explain his findings and to listen to any questions I had. I have never been treated with such patience and respect for medical care. It is evident that Dr. Swan is an expert in his field, that he is wonderful to his staff and that he truly cares about his patients. I fully trust that my vision care is top notch now and I will continue with Dr. Swan for all of my future care. I highly recommend Dr. Swan for the most advanced vision care available anywhere! Bozeman is fortunate to have this World class vision center -Vance Thompson Vision clinic is definitely the best choice for care of one of our most precious gifts-our vision. A huge thank you to Dr. Swan and team for the outstanding care you provide for all ages!"



"My son saw Dr. Swan. The entire staff there was extremely kind and very informative. Dr. Swan took his time explaining everything not only to me but my 9 year old son. He was extremely thorough! I would definitely reccomend this office!"



"I had the opportunity to deal with Dr. Swan and his staff this past weekend with my mother. We are from Eastern Montana and he took time out of his weekend with his family to see my mother on an emergency purpose, From explaining a plan for her eye to surgery and to further treatment. His professionalism is very kind, caring and compassionate. He put her at ease with a warm heart. My mother and myself would recommend Dr. Swan and his staff to anyone. Thank you so much!"



"My experience with Dr. Swan and his crew was amazing! From day one, they were professional while still being welcoming and caring. Dr. Swan is very knowledgeable and treated me individually based on MY case and MY needs. The pre and post LASIK appointments were thorough and I never felt rushed. Dr. Swan answered all of my questions and allayed any fears I had going into the surgery. I recommend Dr. Swan and Vance Thompson Vision to everyone!"



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