Dr. Karen Heuer
Medical Director, Joffe MediCenter Minneapolis
Dr. Heuer is among the most experienced refractive ophthalmologists in the United States, having performed over 22,000 laser vision correction procedures since 1996. Her interest in, and passion for, laser vision correction was born soon after FDA approval of the procedure in 1995, and has only grown over time. In addition to the depth of experience and clinical skills Dr. Heuer brings, she is also known for her caring, comforting demeanor. After spending time with Dr. Heuer, patients are not surprised to learn she trained as a nurse prior to becoming a medical doctor. You also won’t be surprised to learn that a number of Joffe team members (including Alyssa and Angelina) have trusted Dr. Heuer with their own eyes. In fact, most of the Joffe Minneapolis team who will be taking care of you (including Dr. Mark Hallstrom) have had LASIK at Joffe!
From conducting retrospective studies on centration methods in hyperopic patients with Angle Kappa to being known to personally hug her patients, Dr. Heuer’s passion for excellence in patient care is honestly unique.
Dr. Heuer is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a member of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons and the American Medical Association, among other medical societies and organizations.
A graduate of the University of Colorado, where she studied Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Dr. Heuer trained as a registered nurse prior to applying to medical school. She graduated with honors from the prestigious University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she received a number of honors and prizes. With her strong surgical skills and personal interest in vision care, Dr. Heuer went on to specialize with an ophthalmology residency.
CERTIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
Dr. Heuer is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Her professional memberships are numerous, and have included the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Colorado Medical Society, and the Clear Creek Valley Medical Society, among others. Dr. Heuer is certified and has experience on all the leading excimer laser platforms in the marketplace, including the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO Wave Eye-Q Excimer Laser and the Bausch & Lomb Technolas 217 Excimer Laser.
Hailing originally from the Midwest, Dr. Heuer’s academic studies originally took her to the Colorado area, where she has spent some time raising her family and building her reputation as one of the nation’s leading LASIK doctors. As her daughters head off to college, Dr. Heuer is excited to reconnect with some family as she spends more time in the Twin Cities. Dr. Heuer is an avid runner and skier, and competitive athlete.