We specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of doctorsdisorders involving the retina, macula and vitreous. Because of the highly specialized nature of our services, most of the patients seen in our offices have been referred to us by other eye care providers and physicians.

Each of the physicians of VitreoRetinal Surgery is a board-certified ophthalmologist and has undertaken additional subspecialty training in retina, macula and vitreous disorders. The combined experience of our physicians exceeds 110 years of practice. Our physicians have authored or co-authored over 150 scientific articles in their subspecialty. We have been investigators in many multicenter clinical trials studying new treatments for a variety of difficult diseases affecting the retina, macula and vitreous. Our physicians are active and frequently hold leadership positions in local, national and international ophthalmological and vitreoretinal professional societies.

Conditions commonly evaluated and treated by our physicians include retinal tears and detachments, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, ocular trauma, ocular tumors, inflammatory ocular conditions, hereditary retinal diseases and a variety of less common, highly complex disorders. We utilize the most advanced, state-of-the-art techniques to provide the best treatment available today for vision threatening diseases.

Many of our patients come to us with conditions requiring urgent treatment. The 24-hour availability of our physicians for emergency referrals provides excellent support for our referring doctors and facilitates optimal care.

All of our physicians are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Guiding Values


We exist to serve our patients. We will provide the best available medical skills, technology, and service. We will be their advocates. We will care for our patients as if they were members of our family. We will treat our patients with respect, dignity and kindness.


We are proud of our dedicated staff. We will strive to provide a rewarding career with opportunity for personal and professional growth. We will promote teamwork. We will provide a respectful and safe working environment.

Referring Doctors

We are humbled that other doctors entrust their patients to our care. We will be available when we are needed. We will promptly communicate the results of patient evaluation and treatment. We will respect the referring doctors’ relationship with their patients.


We recognize that we have a responsibility to our community. We will strive to be a good corporate citizen. We will function ethically. We will be prudent in our stewardship of healthcare resources.

Education and Research

Medical advances are critical to our patients. We will remain at the forefront in the search for new knowledge and treatments of retinal diseases. We will participate in clinical research. We will share our knowledge with our patients and referring doctors, and with our retinal colleagues around the world.

Referrals & Insurance

coupleWe want you to get all of the benefits you are eligible for from your health insurance coverage. Many health insurance plans require referral authorization from your primary care physician prior to consultation with a specialist. In addition, most plans also require pre-authorization before any type of surgical procedure or laser treatment. It is your responsibility to obtain the required referral authorization from your primary care physician. Failure to obtain a referral authorization, if required, will result in your health plan denying payment for our services. In this case, you will be personally financially responsible for all services obtained through our office.

If you are uncertain whether your health plan requires referral preauthorization, please call your plan’s customer service representative or your family physician’s office. If you need assistance, please call our business office at (952) 897-1175, and we will be happy to assist you.

We are participating physicians for Medicare, which allows us to bill Medicare directly. Because we also file all private insurance forms for the convenience of our patients, it is important that you bring your insurance cards with you at every visit so that we have accurate information about your coverage. Medicaid patients need to bring their current card along on each visit. If you have questions about our participation in your insurance program or health plan, please call our business office at (952) 897-1175.

Many plans require a co-payment. We are required to collect co-payments at the time of your visit. We will bill your plan directly for our services. After your plan has paid its part of the charges, we will send you a bill for your portion of the balance.

If you do not have medical insurance, you will be expected to pay for your consultation at the time of your visit unless you have made prior arrangements with our business office. Payment for surgery must be arranged in advance. Our business office staff will work with you to set up a reasonable plan of payment so that you can receive appropriate treatment without delay. Our office accepts credit card payments through Visa and MasterCard.

VRS Fellowship

VitreoRetinal Surgery, P.A. offers a two-year medical and surgical fellowship. One candidate is accepted to the program each year. The goal of the program is to train the future leaders of the retina subspecialty.

Fellows will receive a broad and robust medical and surgical educational experience. The fellow will work closely with attendings in clinic and will develop proficiency in patient evaluation, examination skills, imaging interpretation, and medical decision making. There will be ample opportunities to perform office procedures, including intravitreal and periocular injections, lasers, and cryotherapy. The fellow will manage a continuity clinic with appropriate supported autonomy. The surgical experience will be especially strong. The fellow will work with numerous attendings, each teaching the fellow a diversity of surgical techniques and approaches to management. The fellow will serve as primary surgeon for a large proportion of cases.

There will be regular didactic sessions, conferences, journal clubs, and opportunities to discuss difficult and challenging cases. The fellow will be expected to participate in clinical research and will be encouraged to publish and present at local and national meetings. Call responsibilities and vacation time will be reasonable and balanced.

In addition to a superb clinical education, the fellow will gain valuable exposure to practice management, billing and coding, technology, and medical informatics.

Applications are available through www.sfmatch.org. In addition to the application, a curriculum vitae, and photograph are required. Applications for the 2018-2020 program are due by August 31, 2017.

Please mail supporting documents to:

VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA
Attn:  Scott Heintzeman
7760 France Ave. S., #310
Minneapolis, MN  55435


For questions or additional information, please feel free to reach out to us at VRS@vrssurgery.com.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Robert A. Mittra, MD
Fellowship Co-Director

D. Wilkin Parke III, MD
Fellowship Co-Director