James Patterson, MD treats Colorado Ophthalmology Associates patients at both of our Denver and Lakewood offices. Dr. Patterson is a Denver native, and the son of a former Denver urologist. He has two sons, Colin and Cameron.
Dr. Patterson graduated from Cherry Creek High School, and spent one year living in Norway as an American Field Service foreign exchange student. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1976, and then completed medical school at the University of Colorado in 1981. After serving his medical internship year in Christchurch, New Zealand, he returned to the University of Colorado for his residency in ophthalmology.
Since finishing his residency, Dr. Patterson has been in practice with Colorado Ophthalmology Associates, excelling in eye surgeries such as; refractive surgery, cataract surgery, and glaucoma surgery. Dr. Patterson has been performing refractive surgery since 1987, and started performing PRK and LASIK surgery in 1996, when they were first approved in the United States. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Patterson was one of the founding physicians of the Clear Vision Laser Centers in the Denver metropolitan area. He is also a member and past president of the Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and is a fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. In the past several years, he has partnered with the Centura Global Health Initiatives to provide cataract surgery to needy patients in the Amazon Basin in Peru.
Outside of his rewarding profession as an eye doctor, Dr. Patterson enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking, and bicycling.