James P. Dunn, MD

Director, Uveitis Unit

Subspecialty: Retina, Uveitis

Areas of Interest

  • Cataract surgery in patients with uveitis
  • Diagnosis and medical management of infectious and non-infectious ocular inflammatory disease
  • Ocular complications of AIDS and other forms of immunosuppression
  • Resident teaching


James P. Dunn, MD, Director of the Uveitis Unit at Wills Eye Hospital, is a board-certified ophthalmologist on the Retina Service . His particular areas of interest include the diagnosis and medical management of infectious and non-infectious ocular inflammatory disease, cataract surgery in patients with uveitis, the ocular complications of AIDS and other forms of immunosuppression, and resident teaching.  He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Uveitis Society, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Dunn received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College before graduating from The University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ in 1984.  He then completed an internship in internal medicine at The North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Wake Forest University, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at New York University from 1985-88.  He subsequently undertook fellowships in Cornea and External Disease at the Jules Stein Eye Institute/UCLA School of Medicine and Cornea and Uveitis at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation/UC San Francisco where he was an Instructor in Ophthalmology from 1990-91.

In 1991, he joined the Division of Ocular Immunology at Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,, where he was Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology from 1991-96 and Associate Professor from 1996-2003.  He served for many years as the Johns Hopkins site principal investigator for several multi-center trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute, including the Studies of Ocular complications of AIDS and the Multi-center Uveitis Steroid Trial.

While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Dunn was very active in resident education and was the Residency Program Director from 1998-2012.  In that role, he served on numerous committees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), for whom he also serves as an examiner for the oral board examination.  He received the Bradley R. Straatsma Award for excellence in residency education in 2006.  He received numerous teaching awards at Hopkins and was named a “Top Doc” in Baltimore and Maryland.

Dr. Dunn has authored over 130 journal articles and 25 book chapters and was co-editor of a textbook of ophthalmic surgery sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).  He is a frequent reviewer for ophthalmology journals.  He has lectured extensively in the mid-Atlantic region as well as nationally and internationally, and regularly teaches courses at the annual meeting of the AAO.


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Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology – 1990

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


–  Jules Stein Eye Institute/UCLA School of Medicine, Cornea and External Disease
–  Francis I. Proctor Foundation/UC San Francisco, Cornea and Uveitis

Residency:  New York University, 1988

Medical School:  University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, 1984

Undergraduate:  Amherst College

Honors and Awards

“Top Doctors” Philadelphia magazine, 2021-2024

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