James F. Vander, MD

Subspecialty: Retina

Areas of Interest

Dr. Vander has authored numerous publications on vitreoretinal diseases and conducted collaborative trials and studies on ROP, endophthalmitis and age related macular degeneration. He has particular interest in surgical treatment of macular diseases.


James F. Vander, MD is a managing member of the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital and serves as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine.

Board certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Vander graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors from the University of Michigan. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, where he graduated with Highest Honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical honor society. Dr. Vander completed an internship at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, and a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan. In addition, he completed a Retina Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr. Vander has lectured and taught instructional courses at meetings, both nationally and abroad. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Honor Award. Dr. Vander is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, Pennsylvania Medical Society, New Jersey Medical Society, Retina Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists, and Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia.

Dr. Vander has authored numerous publications on vitreoretinal diseases and conducted collaborative trials and studies on diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, endophthalmitis, and age related macular degeneration. He also is a reviewer for numerous ophthalmology journals. Dr. Vander has contributed to over one dozen ophthalmic textbooks and is the principle editor of Ophthalmology Secrets, among the best selling ophthalmology textbooks, now in its third edition.

Dr. Vander has particular interest in innovative treatments for diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, macular hole and other macular diseases. Dr. Vander has been chosen by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine.

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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology

Academic Affiliation
Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Fellowship:  Wills Eye Hospital, Retina
  • Residency:  University of Michigan, Ophthalmology
  • Medical School:  University of Michigan
  • Undergraduate:  University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

Philadelphia magazine “Top Doctors” 2011-2023

Castle Connolly “America’s Top Doctors” 2011-2023

Language Spoken


Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19107 Google Maps

Wills Eye Surgical Network - Main Line
100 Presidential Blvd., Suite 200
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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