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James Tahara Handa, M.D.

Robert Bond Welch Professor
Professor of Ophthalmology


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Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

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  • Robert Bond Welch Professor
  • Professor of Ophthalmology

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Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

Appointment Phone: 410-955-3518

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 410-614-5471


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

Research Interests

Mechanisms of Age-Related Macular Degeneration; Development of Robotic Surgical 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 complex 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 using molecular pathological approaches to understand how the eye transforms from normal aging to early disease.

He has been funded by the National Eye Institute for the last 19 years, and he currently holds two R01 awards for his work in AMD. He has also been funded by the Thome Foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness, Fight for Sight and the American Health Assistance Foundation. His other research focuses on surgical innovation using an integrated robotic surgical system. Dr. Handa is currently the Wilmer Eye Institute’s implanting surgeon for the Argus II retinal chip implant, which was recently approved by the FDA after Dr. Handa participated in the clinical trial leading to its approval. more

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / MD (1986)


    • Wills Eye Hospital / Ophthalmology (1990)


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


    • American Board of Ophthalmology / Ophthalmology (1991)
  • Research & Publications +

    Clinical Trial Keywords: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Chip Implants

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