Episode 70: Dr. James Major on Birds, Trials, and the ILM Texas Taco
Dr. James Major of Retina Consultants of Houston joins the program to discuss life as the retina community's foremost bird expert, the impact of clinical trials on his practice, and a novel ILM draping technique for larger macular holes, the ILM Texas Taco. Then, Louis Cai and Michael Venincasa join Jay for a reflection on the first 70 episodes and where the podcast will go from here.
######## Thanks to Louie Cai for episode production and Mike Venincasa for episode outline ########
Dr. James Major
[1:31] Introduction & “How did you move from ornithology to ophthalmology?”
[3:05] Why retina?
[4:55] How do clinical trials fit into your daily routine and your practice?
[6:17] Can you talk about your transition from academics to private practice?
[7:46] What is the “Texas Island Taco,” how is it done, and when do you use it?
[11:25] Do you feel that your surgical practice patterns have changed since finishing your residency and fellowship?
[13:55] Discussion of surgical decisions and the struggle between retinal repair and cosmetic/refractive outcomes.
[17:30] Discussion of primary reattachment rates of various procedures.
[19:27] Trivia time with Dr. Smiddy!
[23:35] Discussion of the Texans and their influence in the community after the hurricane.
Louie Cai & Mike Venincasa
[26:50] The beginning of Straight from the Cutter’s Mouth: Jay’s Story
[31:50] Louie’s Story
[34:20] Future Directions for the Podcast.
[36:07] Mike’s Story
[37:10] Forming Connections
You can find this episode and all prior episodes on our website (Retinapodcast.com).