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 and Billings, MT. He is well known at Vance Thompson Vision for his enthusiastic approach, optimism, adventurous spirit, and boisterous laugh.
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.
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 and optimism when discussing potential outcomes with patients prior to their procedures.
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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