Dr. Thomas Samuelson

About Dr. Samuelson

Thomas W. Samuelson, a founding partner and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of glaucoma, cataract, and refractive surgery. Dr. Samuelson completed his medical degree at the University of Minnesota and his residency training at the University of South Florida where he served as chief resident. He received his sub-specialty training at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

An adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota and past chairman of the medical staff at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Dr. Samuelson has an active role in the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians. He is a faculty member at Hennepin County Medical Center, a major teaching hospital for the University of Minnesota residency program. On a national level, Dr. Samuelson is the current president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Junior and Senior Achievement Awards honoring contributions made to the Academy’s educational programs. In 2018, Dr. Samuelson was awarded the AAO Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received the “Secretariate Award” for contributions to the AAO annual meeting. Dr. Samuelson has served as an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been named as America’s Top Doctors each year since 2002. He is past-president of the International Society of Spaeth Fellows – Wills Eye Hospital’s Glaucoma Fellows Society.

Dr. Samuelson served on the executive committee of the American Glaucoma Society for nearly a decade. He has also served as secretariat for the AAO annual meeting serving as chairman of the Skills Transfer Committee. As a member of the Basic Clinical Science Course Committee for the AAO, Dr. Samuelson helped to write the textbooks most studied by residents within the field of ophthalmology. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Eye Study Club and the International Intraocular Lens Implant Club. Dr. Samuelson is the glaucoma section editor for Ocular Surgery News, the most widely circulated ophthalmology news publication worldwide. Dr. Samuelson also serves as editorial board member and scientific reviewer for several ophthalmology journals.

Dr. Samuelson’s research interests include MIGS surgical procedures involving Schlemm Canal as well as the management of coincident cataract and glaucoma. He has also performed research on the safety of LASIK in patients with other ocular disorders, especially glaucoma. A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally on ocular surgery, he has published numerous scientific manuscripts and textbook chapters on ophthalmic surgery.

On a personal note, Dr. Samuelson enjoys music, theater, golf, ice hockey, and running.

Education & Experience


Glaucoma Fellowship
Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Ophthalmology Residency
University of South Florida Eye Institute
Tampa, FL

University of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals/Marshfield Clinic
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Marshfield, WI

Medical School:
University of Minnesota College of Medicine
Minneapolis, MN

Concordia College
Moorhead, MN

Work Experience

Partner & Attending Surgeon (1991-present)
Minnesota Eye Consultants, PA
Minneapolis, MN

Adjunct Professor (2016-present)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Adjunct Associate Professor (2002-2016)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Clinical Assistant Professor (1991-2002)
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Adjunct Associate Professor (2010-present)
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Director: Glaucoma Service (1991-2003)
Co-Director: Glaucoma Service (2003-2010)
Regions Hospital
St. Paul, MN

Consultant Physician (1991-present)
Veterans Administration Hospital
Minneapolis, MN

Instructor: Clinical Pharmacology/Glaucoma (1991-2010)
Ramsey School of Ophthalmic Technology
St. Paul, MN

Editor – Glaucoma Section (1997-present)
Ocular Surgery News

Editorial Board (2005–present)
Glaucoma Today

Consultant Section Editor (2012-present)
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

ER Physician (1986-1987)
Spectrum Emergency Care
St. Louis, MO


Bloomington Location

9801 Dupont Ave S
ASC: Suite 100
Laser Procedures: Suite 120
Clinic: Suite 200
Bloomington, MN 55431

Blaine Location

11091 Ulysses St NE #300,
Blaine, MN 55434

Minnetonka Location

10709 Wayzata Blvd #200,
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Minneapolis Location

710 E 24th St #100,
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Woodbury Location

7125 Tamarack Rd
Woodbury, MN 55125