Areas of Interest
glaucoma, anterior segment surgery, cataract surgery

(205) 325-8620

Dr. Swanner's clinical practice specializes in glaucoma, anterior segment surgery and cataract surgery. Dr. Swanner joined the faculty in 2003, and has been named one of "America's Best Doctors" in 2012 and 2013. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma SocietyAmerican Glaucoma Society, and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

An Alabama native, Dr. Swanner completed his undergraduate studies at Samford University and obtained his medical degree at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed a medical internship at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham followed by an ophthalmology residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham. His glaucoma fellowship training was performed at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard School of Medicine.

Education & Training

Medical School
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Residency in Ophthalmology
University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard School of Medicine

Contact Information

Callahan Eye Hospital
Medical West

Appointment Phone
205-325-8620 (Callahan)
205-481-7870 (Medical West)


Committed to the preservation and restoration of sight

Long recognized as a leader in groundbreaking research , innovative patient care, and comprehensive education, the UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences hit a major milestone in 2017, ranking sixth in nationally ranked ophthalmology departments in the amount of funding it receives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with over $7.9 million in NIH annual funding for fiscal year 2017. This accomplishment represents the significant growth in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences' research capacity while further enhancing our ability to recruit and retain world-class researchers, treating patients living with blinding diseases, and providing a world-class education for the next generation of ophthalmologists. 


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