James C. Tsai ’85, elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011, is the Robert R. Young Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale School of Medicine, as well as chief of ophthalmology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He directs the Yale Eye Center, where he has an active practice in glaucoma surgery.
Tsai holds a B.A. in neuroscience from Amherst, an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He did his residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California and then completed glaucoma fellowships at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Institute of Ophthalmology in London. Between 1995 and 2001, he worked at Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences and as director of the Residency Training Program and physician clinic manager at the Vanderbilt Eye Center. He then became chief of the Glaucoma Division and founding director of the Glaucoma Fellowship Program at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before arriving at Yale in 2006.