Valley Eye Ophthalmologists

Michael P. Vrabec, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Vrabec, a native of Wisconsin, graduated with honors (A.O.A.) from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, where he also completed his residency training in Ophthalmology. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he is certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery.

Dr. Vrabec completed fellowships in corneal transplantation at the University of Iowa and another fellowship in refractive surgery at the Hunkeler Eye Center in Kansas City, Missouri. For six years he directed the corneal transplant and refractive surgery service at the University of Vermont, earning tenure in 1994. In the Fox Valley since that time, he maintains an active practice in small incision, no stitch, no shot cataract surgery (including Lifestyle Multifocal, Accommodative, and Toric IOLs), refractive surgery (including iLASIK and PRK), corneal transplantation and various types of laser surgery. He has performed over 18,000 refractive procedures, over 25,000 cataract surgeries, and is the only double-board certified surgeon in Wisconsin (in both LASIK and cataract surgery) by the American Board of Eye Surgeons ( He was the first doctor in Wisconsin to perform iLASIK, INTACS, ECP laser treatment, the Verisyse Implantable Contact Lens, and the Fugo Blade. He also performed the first laser-assisted cornea transplant in Wisconsin, and was the first surgeon in the state to be included in an FDA Study on Corneal Collagen Crosslinking, a treatment for keratoconus, demonstrating his commitment to bringing the best eye technology the world has to offer to his patients.

The author of over 50 professional journal articles and two textbooks, Dr. Vrabec belongs to numerous professional societies. He has lectured and taught extensively on medical and surgical aspects of eye care to doctors in five continents and twenty-eight countries around the world. He received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award in 1997, and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.

Douglas F. Salm, M.D.
Dr. Salm is a native of the Fox Valley Area and was Valedictorian at Appleton North High School. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also finished his medical school training. He began his residency in Grand Rapids, MI where he did a rotating internship. He spent the last three years in Chicago, IL where he finished his prestigious ophthalmology residency at Loyola University gaining exposure to all areas of medical and surgical eye care. Dr. Salm has particular interests in diabetes, macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma. His training included Avastin and Lucentis treatment for macular degeneration as well as a high volume of cataract surgeries. Dr. Salm is excited to come home and join a group of doctors that have shown their commitment to providing the residents of the Fox Valley with the highest quality of eye care.

James C. Syverud, M.D., S.C.
Dr. Syverud received his M.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. Following an internship in Salt Lake City, he trained at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida, and then served four years as a Naval Flight Surgeon with air wings of the Navy's Pacific Fleet, including two Vietnam combat tours aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Dr. Syverud received his training in Ophthalmology at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco and Oakland Naval Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been involved in ophthalmic surgery outreach programs, performing and teaching new techniques in Ethiopia and Mexico. Dr. Syverud has performed over 10,000 cataract procedures, and performed the first foldable acrylic lens implant in the State. He introduced argon and krypton lasers into the Fox Valley, and has extensive experience in their use for the treatment of diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and wet macular degeneration.

Colleen M. Corbett, M.D.
Dr. Corbett graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, where she obtained her undergraduate degree and also attended graduate school. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee. Dr. Corbett completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky, where she served as chief resident during her final year of training. Dr. Corbett is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the Wisconsin State Medical Society. Dr. Corbett provides comprehensive eye care to both children and adults. She has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Marvin Hall, M.D.
Dr. Hall, a native of Indiana, graduated from Indiana School of Medicine. He completed his internship at James Whitcomb Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis and his residency in Ophthalmology at Indiana University Hospitals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hall has practiced in Appleton since 1979, having performed numerous general ophthalmology surgical procedures including cataract, strabismus and retinal laser surgery. Since 2000, Dr. Hall has limited his practice to Medical Ophthalmology, with concentration on Glaucoma and Diabetic Eye Care as well as providing comprehensive medical ophthalmic care for acute and chronic conditions such as treatment of foreign bodies, red eye and dry eye syndrome.

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