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Phillips Eye Institute was the vision of many people, designed to function as a free standing eye specialty center associated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. It was developed by and for ophthalmologists. The dream of creating this unique facility was realized because of the persistence, determination and resourcefulness of a large group of people.

Jay Phillips was the main benefactor of Mount Sinai Hospital and a strong supporter of Mount Sinai's Division of Ophthalmology. Because of his generous philanthropic support, Phillips Eye Institute bears his name.


Phillips Eye Institute - construction complete


Mount Sinai Hospital merges with Metropolitan Medical Center to become Metropolitan Mount Sinai Medical Center (MMS)


PEI's Inpatient Unit opens


PEI continues its legacy, surviving the closure of MMS


Health One and LifeSpan merge to form the HealthSpan Health Systems Corporation


PEI is congressionally designated as an eye “specialty” hospital


HealthSpan and Medica merge to become Allina Health System. PEI is the only specialty hospital in the Allina Health System


Phillips Eye Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary, recognizing a rich history of commitment to eye health care


Phillips Eye Institute opens a second location at Buffalo Hospital


Phillips Eye Institute continues to provide quality care to patients and their families


Phillips Eye Institute is the third largest eye specialty hospital (in patient volume) in the United States. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, Phillips Eye Institute draws patients from a five state region to be treated by a medical staff of more than 170 Ophthalmologists.

PEI offers an extensive array of specialty services from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery.

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Read about quality and safety outcomes in Phillips Eye Institute's Outcomes report.


Daniel S. Conrad, MD, MBA
President, Phillips Eye Institute
Physician leader, Allina Health Eye Clinical Service Line

  • Previous Experience: Ophthalmologist, Allina Health Clinics (2000-present) and Acclaro Eyecare/Surgery (2003-February 2014)
  • Education: BA – Bethel University (Arden Hills, MN)
    MD – University of Colorado School of Medicine (Denver, CO)
    MBA – University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN)
  • First year with Phillips Eye Institute: 2014

Beverly Fritz
Director, Phillips Eye Institute Foundation

  • Previous experience: Director of Foundation and Education, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce; Education Manager, Joint Commission on allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology; Director of Community Education, West St. Paul/Mendota Heights School District; Manager of Adult Basic Education; Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Education: BA - Macalester College; MA - University of St. Thomas
  • First year with Phillips Eye Institute: 2010

David Schneiderhan
Director, Physician Relationships

  • Previous experience: Private practice, Hastings Optical Co.; Director, Eye Services, Allina Health clinics
  • Education: BA – Luther College, Management; MA – St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Management and Health and Human Services Administration
  • First year with Phillips Eye Institute: 2000

Chris Verdon
Director, Finance

  • Previous experience: Currently is also director, Finance at Abbott Northwestern Hospital; project manager with Allina Health Strategy and Business Development; clinical social worker, Regions Hospital
  • Education: BA - Social Welfare; Masters - Social Work, Masters in Business Administration - Finance
  • First year with Phillips Eye Institute: 2010

Marge Watry, MBA, RN
Director, Patient Care
Chief Nursing Officer

  • Previous experience: Manager, Oncology Clinic and Infusion Center at Fairview Southdale Hospital; director, Oncology Service Line at HealthPartners; director, Oncology Services at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Education: BSN - University of Minnesota; MBA - University of Minnesota
  • First year with Phillips Eye Institute: 2012

What types of services are offered at Phillips Eye Institute?

Phillips Eye Institute has the equipment, technology, physicians and staff to address all types of eye health issues including those that require surgery, maintaining low vision, or diagnosing an issue. Whether it is a routine procedure or monitoring a complex disorder, Phillips Eye Institute is here to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time. Learn more about our services here.

My eye doctor said that nothing can be done to improve my vision. Can you help?

Phillips Eye Institute's Low Vision Services can help most people who are not totally blind. There are many diseases and disorders that cause irreversible vision loss but not total blindness. We can help these people make the most of their remaining vision. Specially trained staff work to teach patients how to use the latest equipment and computer technology to enhance their vision. Call 612-775-8866 for more information.

Is refractive surgery or LASIK surgery available at the Institute?

Yes, physicians affiliated with Phillips Eye Institute have done thousands of laser vision correction procedures, including LASIK, LASEK, PRK and others. We offer the latest technology on the market. Call 612-775-8842 or 1-888-301-0021 for more information or a physician recommendation. Learn more.

What types of insurance does Phillips Eye Institute accept?

Phillips Eye Institute accepts most types of insurance. Check with your insurance provider to determine for certain whether a procedure is covered. Elective procedures such as laser vision correction (LASIK) and cosmetic are usually not covered by insurance.