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Posted By Denice Barsness, Friday, November 21, 2014
Updated: Friday, November 21, 2014

Jim’s been shaking it up all his life.  Maybe it stems from his start in Kodiak, Alaska, and making it through the earthquake of 1965.  A forced relocation to Cape Cod and the Boston area put him in good position for exposure to academia rich Boston Proper and Harvard University.

It was his skill at scouting that really made an impact on the direction his life would go.  As a young cub scout he met his first blind patient while visiting a local nursing home.   The happiness their visit brought to this man made a lasting impression on Jim that would further his journey, post college, into the ophthalmology world. He started out working as a research technician in the David E Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory at Harvard for 5 years in the early 80’s

While some of us were taking on summer jobs at the local Tasty Freeze, Jim was a working at the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear.   This put him in the enviable position of working in research with Dr. Sang and the Immunocytochemical Research lab.  Photographing microscopic samples of eye tumors led to a job in private practice in Dr. Sang’s retina/vitreous practice in Massachusetts.  It was there that he really honed his practical skills as a clinical ophthalmic photographer and technician. In 1998 he continued to work with Drs Hirose and Sang in the field of fluorescence and con-focal microscopy research and studies into PHPV and early anti-FGV antibodies utilizing immunofluorescence studies.  This proximity to academia has certainly helped his writing skills- he’s been a first or second author in over 20 publications in peer reviewed journals

With the adage it’s not what you know but who you know, Jim’s exposure to our very own Team Angiographics. (Marty Rothenberg and Mark Bernstein), his skills grew sharper and it was there that he met his current employer, Dr. Pamela Weber . He’s been working for Island Retina in Shirley NY since 1998

Jim earned his BS in Boston in 1984.  He’s been a COA since 2002 and a member of the OPS since 2005.  Jim currently serves as a member of the OPS BOE and previously, he was buried up to his gears in the planning and producing of the 2014 ICOP meeting that was held in Toronto this past May.

He’s been married since 1998 to Laura.    Together they traveled to China to bring home adopted   daughter Grace, Easter Sunday, 2010.   Their home in Holbrook, New York provides them with all of their favorite activities-they love to be in the outdoors, biking, gardening and swimming and fishing in the nearby Long Island Sound.  On any given weekend you’ll find them somewhere out there with their devoted dog Madison.  Jim’s got a need for speed- whether it’s Cape Cod on his motorcycle or peddling away on a road bike for various charities.   Good thing he’s a great cook- he needs those calories to keep up with his active lifestyle.

I asked Jim what keeps him going (other than being a devoted family man) he says the sharing of knowledge and making a difference on earth bring it home for him.  He’s the persona of paying it forward.    Should you pass him on his bike along the Observer Highway, or fishing out on the Long Island Sound, give him a big thumbs up for living a life with purpose and gusto!



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