James R Waldman MD

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Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

"Providing patient satisfaction and care are my primary concerns. My goal is to provide the most recent, sophisticated, and safe technological innovations to a large number of people, giving them remarkable opportunities to restore or improve their vision."

Dr. Waldman is a comprehensive ophthalmologist. Given his interest in technological innovations, his practice has a focus on refractive surgery, LASIK, lens implants and astigmatism. "In my practice, I emphasize technology to improve surgical outcomes. I only use well-tested technology because safety and caution are an important part of achieving the best outcomes that will last a long time."

Correcting astigmatism is a passion for Dr. Waldman. He attends annual continuing education on the topic and hones his skills in hands-on training. He has had a special course in astigmatism correction, and thus he has adopted specific surgical techniques for this correction of the condition.

Dr. Waldman knows how to quickly put his patients’ worries to rest. "People get very scared when it comes to their vision. I want them to feel like they can ask me anything." He ensures that his patients are fully informed and counseled on what the best option is for their particular condition. "I like to be the patient’s advocate."

Like many of the EHNW doctors, Dr. Waldman has devoted a great deal of his time in training the next generation of ophthalmologists and keeping the profession strong. Since 1976, he has served periodically as a clinical professor at OHSU. He also helped run the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology for fifteen years in different roles as President and Board member.

Dr. Waldman’s career has focused on community medicine in which he can provide the greatest relief to the most people possible. "Being a positive force of change was deeply ingrained in me from going to UC Berkeley and growing up during the Civil Rights Era." During medical school, he went to Israel to study the public health system. And his first job out of medical school was as the sole doctor for a community of 3000 on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. "It was a fantastic and formative experience. I learned radical self-reliance. I became more of a humanitarian." Dr. Waldman continues this spirit of service in his work at EHNW today.

Dr. Waldman has many personal pursuits. "I always have three projects going–art, reading or gardening—it’s just the way I am." He is married to Ann, his wife of 39 years. As a couple, they make a complementary duo in their home projects. She is the creative designer, and he is the engineer. They have remodeled an old Portland home as a labor of love. She uses her artistic talent and vision while he is able to provide much of the sweat and labor to complete the project. They have two adult children, Michael and Jill. Now, their "babies" are Blue, Saga Martha, Rosie and Bella--their beloved Airedale dogs.


BORN:    July 13, 1944
Denver, CO
EyeHealth Northwest
10819 S.E. Stark St., Suite 200
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 (Phone)
(503) 252-1797 (Fax)
24601 S.E. Stark St.
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 255-2291 (Phone)
(503) 252-1797 (Fax)

5050 N.E. Hoyt St., Suite 245
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 (Phone)
(503) 252-1797 (Fax)

Undergraduate:     University of California
Berkley, CA
September 1962 - June 1966, Degree: B.A., Graduated with Honors
Medical School:     University of California
San Francisco, CA
August 1966 - June 1970, Degree: MD
Internship:     University of Pittsburgh, Presbyterian-University Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA
July 1970 - June 1971, Internal Medicine Internship
Military Service:     U.S. Public Health Service, Indian Health Service
Winnebago Indian Hospital
1971 - 1973, Staff Physician
Residency:     University of Colorado
Denver, CO
July 1973 - June 1976, Ophthalmology Residency
LICENSURE:    Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, MD10055, 1976
CERTIFICATION:    American Board of Ophthalmology, 1977
HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:     Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, OR
Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center, Gresham, OR
Adventist Medical Center, Portland, OR
Legacy Portland Hospitals, Portland, OR
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR
Private Practice, EyeHealth Northwest (formerly East Portland Eye Clinic)
July 1976 - Present
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:     Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Ophthalmology
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR
Conduct Annual School Eye Care of Vision Screening Symposium
for Oregon Teachers and Nurses

American Medical Association
Oregon Medical Association
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:     Developed and distributed Low Vision aid kit to Oregon Ophthalmologists.
President, Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology

Executive Committee, Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
1976 - Present

Chairman Conservation: Vision Committee
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
1977 - 1980

Characterization of Oxygen Receptors in the Human Umbilical Artery
J Clinical Investigation; 48 (6) 42, June 1969
Wrote and Published School Eye Care Manual for Oregon
Department of Public Education
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Ophthalmologist (MD)