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Dr. Jerome D. Poland

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Cofounder
    Crosby Eye Clinic Ltd
  • Member
    Refractive Surgery and The International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • Member
    The American Society of Cataract
  • Member
    The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Board Member
    Central Lakes College


  • MD
  • medical degree
    University of Minnesota
  • M.D.
  • BA degree
  • BS degree , Chemistry
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Dr. Poland dies in auto ..., 1 Nov 2013 [cached]
Dr. Poland dies in auto accident
Ophthalmologist Jerome D. Poland, MD, died following an automobile crash in Wyoming on September 23. Dr. Poland, the inventor of OcuCoat, a viscoelastic used to facilitate cataract surgery, co-founded the Crosby Eye Clinic in Minnesota in 1975, where he practiced for 38 years until his passing. He was 75.
Doctors | Dr. ..., 12 Oct 2012 [cached]
Doctors | Dr. Poland Doctor Eye Care | Brainerd Lakes | Baxter, Crosby, Crosslake, Remer | Crosby Eye Clinic
Crosby Eye Clinic
Jerome Poland, MD
Jerome Poland, MD
Jerome Poland M.D.
Crosby, MN (May 10, 2007) - ..., 10 May 2007 [cached]
Crosby, MN (May 10, 2007) - The Crosby Eye Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Jerome D. Poland, owner of the Crosby Eye Clinic, recently attended the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery's (ASCRS) annual scientific meeting held in San Diego, California. During the five-day seminar, the most up-to-date ophthalmic research papers are presented along with group discussions and course offerings on transferring this technology. Dr. Poland was also trained in a new glaucoma procedure that eliminates or reduces the need for eye drops.
Dr. Poland is a veteran ophthalmologist and adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota's Medical School who has lectured nationwide on various ophthalmic issues, including the 2005 ASCRS ophthalmic convention. He is one of the pioneers in refractive surgery and has been extensively involved in the research and development of lens implants currently used worldwide in cataract surgeries. The Crosby Eye Clinic has provided ophthalmic, optometric and optical services in the lakes area for more than 30 years with locations in Baxter, Crosby, Remer and Duluth. For additional information on the Crosby Eye Clinic, Dr. Poland or any of the services they offer please call 800-952-3766 or visit
Jerome D. Poland, ..., 12 Oct 2012 [cached]
Jerome D. Poland, MD
Jerome Poland, MD Physician
Dr. Jerome Poland co-founder of the Crosby Eye Clinic specializes in LASIK vision correction, cataract surgery, surgery and treatment of glaucoma, and ocular trauma. In addition, Dr. Poland performs oculoplastic procedures of the eyelid.
Pioneer Dr. Poland was a pioneer in the research of contact lenses and a principle investigator in the development of extended wear soft lenses back in the late 70s and early 80s.
Dr. Poland became the medical director for Barnes Hind Hyrocurve for the training and use of this important new development. He traveled around the world and presented papers, gave lectures, and conducted courses on the fitting of extended wear contact lenses.
During this time, Dr. Poland was also an investigator for several of the newly formed companies developing intraocular lens implants, which today have become the standard of care for cataract surgery and have transformed the way cataract surgery is performed and for people's visual rehabilitation.
In the early 80s Dr. Poland traveled to the Soviet Union, where he spent time with Professor Fryedorov, the originator of refractive surgery, and he helped bring this technology back to the United States. He was one of the first people in the United States to perform Radial Keratotomy and performed over six thousand of these procedures.
Dr. Poland is also one of the first people to perform a new procedure know as Automated Lamellar Keratoplasty, which is the precursor to LASIK. He spent time with Dr. Steven Slade and Dr. Ralph Berkley in Houston, Texas in 1992 when this instrument was first brought in from Colombia.
Dr. Poland also owned the first approved laser in the state of Minnesota.
Experience To date he has performed more than 30 thousand refractive surgical procedures, over 45 thousand cataract and other surgical procedures totaling over 75 thousand total surgical procedures. In addition to being an active ophthalmologist in private practice, Dr. Poland has served as a consultant to industry and for medical journals worldwide and is still active in conducting courses at international meetings.
Inventor/Educator In 1981, Dr. Poland invented a visco-elastic known as OcuCoat, which is still used worldwide to facilitate cataract surgery. With a strong commitment to education, Dr. Poland currently serves as a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and regularly teaches at that institution as well as having medical students perform clinical rotation through the Crosby Eye Clinic.
Technology The Crosby Eye Clinic has a state-of-the-art Nidek laser with a wavefront analyzer. It is a fixed-site laser with a dedicated sterile operating room that is used only for laser procedures. Dr. Poland is also certified to teach other doctors in the LASIK procedures, and we have doctors rotate through the Crosby Eye Clinic on a regular basis to learn the use of the micro-keratome and to observe and learn our LASIK procedures.
Education Dr. Poland received his medical degree in 1966 from the University of Minnesota. He interned at Stanford University in California, and completed his residency in aerospace medicine at the U.S. Naval Aerospace Institute in Pensacola, Florida, where he also learned how to fly military aircraft and made carrier landings. He completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in 1974, and has been in private practice since that time. He is currently a member of The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and The International Society of Refractive Surgery.
Community In addition to his medical work, Dr. Poland contributes his time to community organizations. He is on the foundation board of the Central Lakes Community College. Dr. Poland has endowed a teaching research chair in the ophthalmology department of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Along with the Spanish Instructor at the Central Lakes College, Dr. Poland has established a Latin studies scholarship at the college. Jerome Poland M.D.
Dr. Jerome Poland fatally ..., 22 Sept 2013 [cached]
Dr. Jerome Poland fatally injured in Wyoming crash Friday
Dr. Jerome Poland, described as a man with a zest for life and compassion for others, was fatally injured Friday in an auto crash in Wyoming.
Poland, 75, was visiting friends out West when he and his wife Meredith were injured in the crash Friday afternoon. She went through surgery and was reportedly recovering in a Montana hospital.
Poland, who grew up in the Twin Cities, was drawn to the lakes area through his wife's family cabin on Bay Lake. He started the Crosby Eye Clinic 38 years ago and grew the business into one that employs 46 people in three clinics - Crosby, Baxter and Remer - plus additional outreach at four more clinics in McGregor, Onamia, Staples and with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
But his career had a much larger breadth than the immediate Brainerd lakes area.
Poland had one of the first lasers in the state for Lasik surgery to correct vision ending the need for contacts or glasses for patients. He developed Occucoat, which is used in cataract surgery. He was an investigator for Hydrocurve for extended wear contact lenses.
"He was very well respected in the ophthalmology community," said Lynne Wiebke, clinic administrator, who worked with Poland for 34 years.
Wiebke said Poland was committed to bringing state-of-the-art eye care to the lakes area.
On a one-to-one basis, Poland was described as someone who even in a fast-paced world took time to give the person he was with his full attention. His staff said he wanted others to be successful and took the time to support them in being their best.
Dick Breen, Brainerd, knew Poland first as a patient and then as an energetic volunteer for nonprofits who moved fundraising to new levels.
And, Breen said, Poland seemed to know everyone personally, bringing in entertainment - such as performer Tony Sandler for a recent Central Lakes College Foundation concert - with those personal connections.
He always came through," Breen said of Poland.
Poland seemed to have mastered the often illusive skill of balancing a demanding career with life away from the work place. He was active with the Central Lakes College Foundation and taught at the University of Minnesota. Wiebke said Poland had amazing energy.
Wiebke said Poland leaves a legacy of caring, of wanting the best for the entire community and a desire to see prosperity for the entire lakes region.
God bless you Dr. Poland.
Dr. Jerome Poland fatally injured in Wyoming crash Friday9:09am This was Brainerd - Sept. 23 Last of summer, fall provides buying opportunity for kayak enthusiasts Poland's death is a loss for the community4:15pm
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