James C. Major, Jr., M.D., PhD, FACS

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Dr. James Major grew up in Coral Gables, Florida where his father practiced ophthalmology. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Emory University and Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He then served as an Assistant Professor at UT and was awarded the University’s highest honor in teaching. Thereafter, he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine where he also served on the faculty for two years. Dr. Major completed his ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, the top-rated ophthalmology department and residency program in the nation. Following fellowship, Dr. Major served on the Bascom Palmer faculty as Chief Resident and Co-director of Ocular Trauma. He has published over forty scientific papers, book chapters, and national meeting abstracts on vitreoretinal surgery, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, endophthalmitis, vitreomacular traction, raptor retinal imaging, and ocular trauma. Dr. Major is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Retina Society, and the American College of Surgeons. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys football, the outdoors, birding, falconry, and history. He also enjoys spending his free time with his wife, a geriatrician, and their three children.

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