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W. Keith Engel, M.D.

"The first six years of life are the most important in children’s visual development. I am inspired by the opportunity to make a positive difference in this critical phase of a child’s life. Taking care of children’s eye problems is an extremely enjoyable, sometimes challenging, and always rewarding experience."

W. Keith Engel, M.D., is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist at Northwest Eye Clinic in Minnesota, providing routine and specialty eye care for children from infants through teens. He joined Northwest Eye’s respected team of doctors in June 2013, bringing more than 20 years in practice and teaching experience in pediatric ophthalmology.

Dr. Engel received his undergraduate degree, Summa Cum Laude, in History and Biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He went on to complete his Doctor of Medicine degree at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec. After a rotating medical internship at the Montreal General Hospital, Dr. Engel completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in Rochester, New York, serving as Chief Resident. During that time, he also completed the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology in Waterville, Maine. This is where he met his wife, Dr. Polly McCormack, who is also an ophthalmologist. Following his residency, Dr. Engel completed two fellowships. His first was an International Ophthalmology Fellowship with Project ORBIS, where he participated in medical education work in 20 countries around the world. He then went on to complete fellowship training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Dr. Engel is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to his role at Northwest Eye Clinic, he is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Dr. Engel is a recognized and accomplished expert among his peers, serving as a contributing author in research and published works in the field of pediatric ophthalmology. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Engel is passionate about pediatric ophthalmology because the first six years of life are the most important in children’s visual development. He is inspired by the opportunity to make a positive difference in this critical phase of a child’s life by applying his knowledge and experience in providing different treatments including glasses, eye exercises, and/or surgery. Just like being the father of two children, he finds that taking care of children’s eye problems is an extremely enjoyable, sometimes challenging, and always rewarding experience.

Outside of his work, Dr. Engel participates in a variety of sports, including tennis, mountain climbing, bicycling, and skiing. He especially enjoys international travel and has visited more than 50 countries around the world – which has included trekking in mountains of Bhutan and Nepal, white-water rafting down the Zambezi River in Africa, traveling throughout the Middle East (including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and UAE), sea kayaking along the coast of Crete, hiking in the jungles of Rwanda and Zaire to see mountain gorillas, and exploring China, India, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and the Galapagos Islands.

Dr. Engel currently sees patients at our Maple Grove and Minnetonka Northwest Eye locations.

  • College
    B.A in History and Biology (Summa Cum Laude) Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine (1974-1978)
  • Medical School
    Doctor of Medicine, McGill University School of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec (1978-1982)
  • Internship
    Rotating Internship, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec (1982-1983)
  • Residency
    University Of Rochester School of Medicine Ophthalmology Residency, Chief Resident, Rochester, NY (1983-1986)
  • Fellowship
    International Ophthalmology Fellowship Project Orbis, International Flying Teaching Eye Hospital (1986-1988)

    Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabisimus Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis, IN. (1989)                                                       
  • Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada, 1982
  • Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners, 1983
  • Medical License, State of Minnesota, 1991 (active – current)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1989
  • National Children’s Eye Care Fellowship Award, 1989
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1990
  • Fellow, American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, 1990
  • Specialty Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1999

  • Twin Cities Parent Magazine: Top Kid’s Doctor Award, 2000
  • Minneapolis-St Paul Magazine: Top Doctor Award, 2000-2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine: Best Doctor Award, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021
  • “The Effect of Wrist Rest, Caffeine, and Beta Blockers on the Hand Steadiness of Ophthalmic Surgeons”: Arnold R, Engel WK, Sprunger D, Helveston EM. Annuals of Ophthalmology. 1993: (23) 250-253.
  • “Compliance with Prescribed Optical Correction in Cases of Monocular Aphakia in Children”: Assaf AA, Wiggins RE, Engel WK, Senft S. Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology. 1994: (8) 15-22.
  • “Evaluation of Monocular Aphakic Correction in Amblyopic Age Group at KKESH”: Assaf AA, Wiggins RE, Engel WK, Senft S. Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology. 1994: (8): 70-75.
  • “Diplopia Secondary to Aniseikonia Associated with Macular Disease”: Benegas NM, James Egbert JE, Engel WK, Kushner B; Archives of Ophthalmology. 1999: (117) 896-899.
  • “High Injection Pressure During Intralesional Injection of Corticosteroids Into Capillary Hemangiomas”, Egbert JE, Paul S, Engel WK, Summers GS; Archives of Ophthalmology. 2001: (119) 667-683.
  • “Ophthalmic Manifestations of Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome”, Wu-Chen WY, Christiansen SP, Berry SA, Engel WK, Fray KJ, Summers CG; Journal of American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. 2004: 8(4): 345-8.
  • “Management of Diplopia in the Absence of Strabismus: Case Corner” , Hoyt K, McMichael, W, Engel WK, Bothun E, Anderson J, American Orthoptic Journal 2006 Vol 56: 194-197.
  • Poster Presentation: American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology Annual Meeting April 11-15, 2007: “Correction of Binocular Vertical Diplopia with Prism Contact Lens”, Engel WK, Rovick, L, Wing E.
  • “Difficulties with Treatment of Threshold Retinopathy of Prematurity in Oculocutaneous Albinism”, Engel WK, Ramsay RC, Ryan EH, King RA, Summers CG (Submitted for publication)


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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