Walter Jacobson, M.D., F.A.C.S., was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota,
receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree
and his Medical degree. After a general internship at Hennepin County General Hospital
he spent 2 ½ years as a Captain in the U.S. Army, both overseas
and domestically and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.He returned to the University of Minnesota, where he
completed a Fellowship in Ophthalmology.
He started his practice at 6533 Drew Avenue South in Edina, where he practices
to this day.
Dr. Jacobson is Board Certified in
Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, American
College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Minnesota
State Medical Association, Hennepin County Medical Society and
the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
He was featured in the first “Top Doctor’s “
issue of the Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine.
He is on the teaching staff of the Department of
Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota where he is
currently an Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Jacobson is on the medical staffs of
Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Phillips Eye Institute and
Fairview Southdale Hospital.
He and his wife, Cathy, have one son, two
daughters and four grandsons. Dr. Jacobson has many avocations, which include flying
his own aircraft (having obtained both his instrument and land
and sea ratings), hunting and fishing, downhill skiing and
Raymond C. Croissant, M.D.
Dr. Croissant is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who performs
diagnostic, preventive, and routine eye exams, and treats
most eye diseases. His areas of special interest are cataracts
and implants, refractive surgery and LASIK, and prevention
and control of glaucoma.
Refractive surgery and LASIK have rapidly developed into
state-of-the-art technology, offering exciting results to
properly selected patients. While the procedures work for
many individuals, each patient must be carefully examined
and must deliberately consider the risk/benefit factors before
committing to having the treatments. Dr. Croissant and his
staff emphasize educating the patients about the pros and
cons of refractive surgery. He has been performing LASIK
since early 1999.
Like refractive surgery, cataract surgery and implants
are microsurgical techniques. Currently, Dr. Croissant utilizes
the clear cornea, suture less technique, spherical and toric
implants, and topical anesthesia (as opposed to injecting
Glaucoma is almost always silent and can seriously damage
vision unless it is detected early. Many treatments are now
available, including numerous eye drops, laser, and microsurgery.
Each patient must be carefully monitored for response to
treatment. The doctor must be ever-vigilant for the need
to change treatment modalities if the condition changes.
Dr. Croissant operates primarily at Fairview Southdale
The American Board of Ophthalmology has certified Dr. Croissant.
He has served as a director on the State Affairs Committee
of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was Minnesota’s
Councilor to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is
on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology,
and has served as that organization’s president for
a number of years.
Dr. Croissant graduated from Western Reserve University School of Medicine
in Cleveland. At Western Reserve he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the
Honor Medical Society.
After an internship in Cleveland, Ohio, he joined the U.S.
Public Health Service, Division of Tuberculosis Control.
He was assigned to Puerto Rico where he spent two very rewarding
years treating tuberculosis patients. Dr. Croissant especially
enjoyed the opportunity to live in a Latin American culture
and to learn the Spanish language.
Dr. Croissant completed a four-year course of study in
the specialty of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota,
and then he joined Southdale Eye Clinic. Board Certification
was granted shortly after.
Dr. Croissant is a long-time resident of the Twin Cities. He was born in New
England and was the eldest of eight children. His father was an officer in
the U.S. Army, so his boyhood was spent all over the U.S. from New England
to California. He went to Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio,
where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. For a foreign language
he studied Italian, the language of his mother’s family. At Western
Reserve he was elected to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary, and to Phi
Sigma Lota, the Romance language honorary. He also was a starter on the school’s
football team, playing offensive guard and linebacker.
He met his wife, Mara, in college and they were married
after his 2nd year of medical school. Mara is a registered
nurse. They have two grown daughters, Christine and Lisa,
and three young grandchildren.
Dr. Croissant enjoys outdoor sports, skiing, his Northwoods
cabin in winter and summer, and working with his computer.
Martin B. Kaplan, M.D.
Kaplan has practiced comprehensive Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic
surgery for over 30 years. His practice includes treatment of medical eye diseases,
surgical and laser treatment of Glaucoma, and cataract and
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and
is certified by VISX® on their state of the art laser for
Dr. Kaplan grew up in the Twin Cities,
earning his medical degree from the University of Minnesota.He received his Ophthalmology training at the
internationally recognized Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.He also served in the United States Air Force as a Flight
Surgeon for the USAF Thunderbird aerial demonstration team.
Dr. Kaplan served on the steering committee
involved in the development of the Phillips Eye Institute and is
presently on staff at that facility, as well as at Fairview
He was on the board of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
for many years and served as president from 1992-1993. He has received the Physician Recognition Award from the
American Medical Association every year since 1970. He is a Fellow of the American Academy
of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Society of Cataract
and Refractive Surgery, and is an Adjunct Professor of the
Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota
Dorothy J. Horns, M.D.
Horns practices general, comprehensive, and consultative
ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery. She specializes in
glaucoma and surgery of the anterior segment, and has been
performing surgery and laser surgery for more than thirty years.
Dr. Horns received her
undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard
University and earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the
University of Minnesota Medical School. She is one of seven
members of her family to have graduated from the U of M Medical
School (a real family affair!). At medical school she was
elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical
society her junior year, and she received three of the four
prizes awarded at graduation. She completed her medical
internship at the University of California San Francisco (one of
the most prestigious programs in the country) before training in
ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School's world famous
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She also completed her
graduate fellowship training specializing in glaucoma and
diseases of the anterior segment at Harvard Medical School and
the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Horns is Board Certified in
Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, and the
Minnesota Academy of Medicine (the oldest medical group in the
state). She is on the staff of Phillips Eye Institute, Abbott
Northwestern Hospital, and Fairview Southdale Hospital. She has
been on the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at the
University of Minnesota Medical School for thirty years and
currently holds the rank of Adjunct Associate Professor. She
has served on multiple professional committees and boards of
professional organizations and has taught students in many
settings over the years. She has been selected to help ensure
the high quality of future ophthalmologists by serving as an
examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Horns, whose father, Richard C.
Horns, MD was a well known and well respected ophthalmologist,
grew up in the Twin Cities. After managing her own practice, at
first with her father and then on her own for several years, she
joined Southdale Eye Clinic in 1998. She has many
multigenerational families of patients who have relied on her
skilled, knowledgeable, and caring approach to ophthalmic care
for many years.
In addition to her medical duties,
Dr. Horns has served on the boards of Alpha Epsilon Iota medical
sorority, the Minnesota Opera, and the Schubert Club, and was
president of the University of Minnesota Medical School Alumni
Society for several years in the 1990s.
Mark Lewis Norman III, M.D.
Lewis Norman III, M.D., featured in every "Top Doctor" issue of
the renowned Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine is popular with both
patients and peers. A comprehensive ophthalmic practitioner
since 1983, he specializes in the latest cataract, pediatric,
and refractive surgeries. He is Board Certified by the American
Academy of Ophthalmologists and VISX® certified on the VISX’s
state-of-the-art Star 2 scanning laser, which helps correct
nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Dr. Norman was elected Chief of Staff
in 1995 of Minneapolis’ celebrated Phillips Eye Institute. He
also has staff appointments to Riverside Medical Center, Abbott
Northwestern Hospital, both in Minneapolis and Fairview
Southdale in Edina. Additionally, he is a Clinical Instructor in
Family Practice at the University of Minnesota School of
Born and reared in the Twin Cities,
Dr. Norman received his Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude,
from the University of St. Thomas where he majored in biology
and minored in chemistry. Completing his medical training for
his medical degree at St. Louis (Missouri) University, he served
two internships, one in the Department of Neurosurgery and the
second in the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Louis
University Hospitals. His residency in ophthalmology was at the
University’s Bethesda Eye Institute where he was named Chief
Resident in his third year.
Dr. Norman is an avid outdoorsman,
enjoying jogging and rollerblading with his dogs. He and his
wife, Polly, a photographer and artist, have two sons.
Nathan B. Reader, M.D.
Reader, M.D. practices comprehensive ophthalmology and has
experience with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease
including medical and laser treatment of retinal disease. He has
extensive training in cataract, lens implant, laser, glaucoma,
and other anterior segment surgery. Dr. Reader is certified to
perform custom LASIK vision correction surgery using the VISX
excimer laser and the iLASIK platform.. Dr. Reader also has a
special interest in eyelid and upper facial plastic and
Dr. Reader graduated from the
University of Minnesota with a BS in Biochemistry. He received
his Doctor of Medicine degree from Washington University School
of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the top ranked
medical schools in the country. While there, he was elected to
the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. Dr. Reader
completed an internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in
Minneapolis, followed by residency in ophthalmology at the
University of Minnesota where he won the oculoplastics award,
given to the resident who has shown outstanding skills and
aptitude in the areas of ophthalmic plastics and reconstructive
surgery. He has done research in the areas of eye movement
disorders, neurology, genetics, and fluid mechanics.
Dr. Reader is a board certified
member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is also a
member of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology and the
Minnesota Medical Association. He lives in Bloomington with his
wife and two sons.
Erin Leverentz, M.D.
Leverentz graduated from Duke University, Magna cum Laude, with a
BS in Biology and Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the
University of Minnesota Medical School. While there, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha
Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Leverentz completed an
internship at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in Wisconsin, followed by residency in
Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and
Leverentz then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology
and Adult Strabismus at the University of Wisconsin Hospital &
Dr. Leverentz practices
Comprehensive Ophthalmologywith an interest in Cataract Surgery and sub-specialty in
pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus.
Dr. Leverentz looks forward to
earning your trust and respect by providing you and your
patients outstanding eye care in a timely and compassionate
Jonathan H. Engman, M.D.
Jonathan H. Engman, M.D. practices
comprehensive ophthalmology and has a special interest in
cataract and refractive surgery. He enjoys seeing patients with
all types of eye diseases including cataracts, diabetes, macular
degeneration, glaucoma and dry eye. He sees patients for eye
emergencies and provides routine eye care as well. He is
certified to perform CustomVue LASIK and PRK using the VISX
laser. He was board certified by the American Board of
Ophthalmology in 2006. He has been featured in the "Top Doctor"
issue of the Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine.
After graduating from Gustavus
Adolphus College, Dr. Engman took a year off and spent time
doing research at the University of Minnesota and volunteering
at a hospice in Jerusalem. He returned to the University of
Minnesota to complete his medical degree where he was elected to
the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. His residency in
Ophthalmology was also completed at the University of Minnesota.
Following residency he spent 6 years at HealthPartners providing
medical and surgical eye care.
Dr. Engman is a member of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves on the Board of
Directors for the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.
Outside of work, Dr. Engman enjoys
spending time with his wife Kristin, two daughters and their
N. J. Haddad, M.D.
Southdale Eye Clinic
June 1973 - Retired August 2011
Stephen B. Leverentz, M.D.
Southdale Eye Clinic
June 1979 - Retired March 2011
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