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Matthew Appenzeller, MD

Matthew Appenzeller MD Omaha

Dr. Appenzeller is a specialist in medical and surgical treatment of the vitreous, retina, diabetic eye diseases and cataracts.

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Appenzeller received his bachelor’s degree in biology and dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, he was accepted into Teach for America, and he taught eight- and ninth-grade science in rural Louisiana for two years. It was during his time in the student clinic that he realized an appreciation for medicine, and he decided to leave teaching and enter medical school.

Dr. Appenzeller returned to South Carolina to attend the Medical University of South Carolina.   He completed a one-year internship in internal medicine and a three-year residency in ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Appenzeller completed his formal medical training with a fellowship in Vitreo-retinal surgery and medicine at the Cincinnati Eye Institute.

After his fellowship program, Dr. Appenzeller moved to North Carolina to practice at Alamance Eye Center from 2010 to 2015. During that time, his wife began studies for a PhD in Early Childhood Development and Deaf Education. Upon approaching completion of her degree, the couple began searching for a city that would provide a professional home for both of them. Dr. Appenzeller and his family are very excited to move to Omaha.

Dr. Appenzeller is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists and the Nebraska Association of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (NAEPS). He served as president for NAEPS in 2018.

Curriculum Vitae

4353 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 552-2020


College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Dramatic Art 1993-1997

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, 2000-2004

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 2004-2005

Residency: Ophthalmology University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2005-2008

Fellowship: Vitreoretinal Surgery and Disease, Cincinnati Eye Institute & University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2008-2010

Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology, 2010

Medical Licensure:

N. Carolina

Employment History:

July 2015 – Present
Physician, Midwest Eye Care, P.C.
Omaha, NE

July 2010 – June 2015
Physician, Alamance Eye Center
Burlington, NC

Professional Organizations:

American Society of Retina Specialists, 2011-present
American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2005-present
American Medical Association, 2000-present
American Medical Student Association, 2000-2004

Academic Appointments:

Visiting Lecturer – Elon University School of Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Program, 2012-2015

Clinical Instructor – University of Cincinnati, 2004-2010

Teaching Assistant – Medical University of South Carolina, 2001

NIH Summer Research Fellow – Medical University of South Carolina, 2001

Secondary Education Teacher – East Baton Rouge Parish, Teach for America Volunteer Corps, 1998-2000

Research Assistant – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of OB/GYN, Div Reproductive Endocrinology, 1993-1997

Offices Held:

Legislative Chair, North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, 2010-2015

Resident Advisory Committee, University of Cincinnati, Office of Graduate Education, 2006-2008

National Issue Coordinator, American Medical Student Association, Medical University of South Carolina, 2003-2004

National Legislative Liaison, American Medical Student Association, Medical University of South Carolina, 2002-2003


American Academy of Ophthalmology Advocate at Mid Year Forum, 2005-present

Medical University of South Carolina Volunteer, 2002-2004

Teach for America/Americorps, 1998-2000

Academic Awards and Honors:

Excellence in Clinical Education Award – University of Cincinnati, Department of Ophthalmology, 2010

Rich Scholarship – Medical University of South Carolina, 2002-2003

Second Place Student Research Day – Medical University of South Carolina, 2001

Teacher of the Year – Northeast High School, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, 2000

Andi and Cindi Griffith Scholarship – University of North Carolina, Department of Dramatic Art, 1996-1997

Non- Academic Awards and Honors:

H. Rawling Pratt Thomas Service Award – Medical University of South Carolina, 2002

Second Place National Toshiba Exploravision Awards, 1999-2000

Governor’s Citation for Excellence in Service to the State of Louisiana, 2000

Selected for Teach for America Corps, Class of 1998

Eagle Scout Award, 1992


Advocacy in Ophthalmology. Appenzeller MF. Resident Presentations, Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University, Annually 2012-2013.

Update on FEVR: Retina Case Conference. Appenzeller MF. Grand Rounds, Dept of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati, February 6, 2008

Peripapillary Choroidal Neovascular Membranes: Diseases and treatment outcome retrospective case series. Appenzeller, MF. Department of Ophthalmology Research Symposium, University of Cincinnati. May 10, 2008

Ocular Syphilis in the HIV Patient. Appenzeller MF. Grand Rounds, Department of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati, October, 2007

Ocular Toxicities of Systemic Chemotherapy: A Review. Appenzeller, MF. Grand Rounds, Department of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati. October 28, 2006

Legislative goals of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Appenzeller, MF. Presentation to Department of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati April 26, 2006.

Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy: A Review of What We Know Thus Far. Appenzeller, MF. Grand Rounds, Department of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati. April 26, 2006

Does a Longer Eye Predict a Poorer Visual Outcome From Unilateral Cataract Surgery? Facciani JM, Trivedi RH, Appenzeller MF, Wilson ME. Poster Presentation at 30th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Washington, DC March 27-31-2004

Outcomes of Adolescents Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD after treatment at MUSU Adolescent Clinic. Appenzeller MF, Key J. Presentation at 2001 MUSU Student Research Day, Charleston, SC November 2001.


Somkuti SG, Appenzeller MF, Lessey BA.  Advances in the Assessment of Endometrial Function

Infertility and Rep Med Clinics of North America, Vol 6: 303-328, 1995

Appenzeller MF, Petersen MF, Foster RE, Miller DM, Riemann CD. Intraoperative Mechanical Failure of a 25-Gauge Vitreous Cutter

Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. Accepted for Publication.

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