James C. Major, Jr., MD, PhD

Meet Dr. Major

Dr. James C. Major grew up in Coral Gables, FL where his father practiced ophthalmology. As a second generation eye surgeon, Dr. Major narrowed his specialization to conditions and diseases associated with the retina. Dr. Major relocated to Texas where he now serves as a board-certified retinal surgeon and ophthalmologist with Retina Consultants of Houston. Having fulfilled many roles during his career, including serving as chief resident and on the faculty of some of the most prestigious institutions in the nation, Dr. Major's extensive background and training allow him to diagnose and treat all aspects of vitreoretinal disease.

Education and Training

Dr. Major received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Emory University, and his 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 his fellowship, Dr. Major served on the Bascom Palmer faculty as chief resident and co-director of Ocular Trauma.

Skills and Specialties

Considered one of our experts in the field of retinal diseases and conditions, Dr. Major has published dozens of scientific papers, book chapters, and national meeting abstracts on vitreoretinal surgery, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, endophthalmitis, vitreomacular traction, raptor retinal imaging, and ocular trauma. He diagnoses and treats a number of retina-related diseases and performs surgery to correct numerous disorders. His expertise extends beyond the diseases and conditions listed here, as he is known to treat some of the most complex retina cases in the area. 


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.


Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Major 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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