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James Tahara Handa, MD

Robert Bond Welch Professor
Professor of Ophthalmology

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  • Robert Bond Welch Professor
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

Centers & Institutes

  • Wilmer Eye Institute


Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Age-Related, Ocular Melanoma, Ophthalmology, Retinal Detachment, Retinoblastoma, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Service

Research Interests

Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration; Development of Robotic Surgery System


James T. Handa, M.D., is the Robert Bond Welch, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He specializes in medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, retinopathy of prematurity and other pediatric retinal diseases. He also has expertise in intraocular oncology and manages patients with choroidal melanomas and metastatic tumors of the eye.

Not only is he a highly skilled surgeon and clinician, but he also devotes significant effort to research related to the early causes of age-related macular degeneration. In his research, he uses molecular pathological approaches to understand how the eye transforms from normal aging to early macular degeneration.


  • English

Clinical Trial Keywords

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinal Chip Implants
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    • University of Pennsylvania Health System School of Medicine ( Philadelphia PA) (1986)


    • Wills Eye Hospital / Ophthalmology ( Philadelphia PA) (1990)


    • Children's Hospital Los Angeles ( Los Angeles CA) (1993)
    • Duke University Eye Center / Vitreo - Retinal Surgery ( Durham NC) (1992)


    • American Board of Ophthalmology / Ophthalmology (1991)
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-614-4211
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-3518
    Fax: 410-614-5471
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    • Ophthalmology - Retina

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