John A. Nilsen, M.D., Emeritus

One of the founding members of Edina Eye in 1963, Dr. Nilsen was a pioneer in bringing world-class physicians together to provide comprehensive care from a single clinic. A perennial selection as one of Twin Cities’ premier specialists throughout his career, Dr. Nilsen continues to be active in the Fairview Foundation after serving as Chief of Staff at Fairview Southdale Hospital.

Professional Affiliations

  • Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    • Minnesota Medical Association
    • Hennepin County Medical Association


  • Undergraduate: St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alpha Omega Honor Society
  • Internship: Anker Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota