James R. Brinkley, Jr. M.D.
General Ophthalmology and Diseases of the Retina
Graduate, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science, 1965
M.D., New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, 1969
Internship, University of California, Los Angeles, Affiliated Hospitals, Los Angeles, California, 1969-1970
Residency, Ophthalmology, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, New York, 1972-1975
Fellowship, Retinal-Vitreous Surgery, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California 1975-1976
Professional Certifications and Memberships
Diplomate: National Board of Medical Examiners
Diplomate: American Board of Ophthalmology
Fellow: American Academy of Ophthalmology
Member: Orange County Society of Ophthalmology, California Academy of Ophthalmology, Western Retina Study Club
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California School of Medicine. Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine, Irvine, California
Senior Instructor, Postgraduate courses, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Annual Scientific Meeting, 1982-1992
Honors and Awards
Resident Teaching Awards, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1983-1989, 1992
Annual Senior Resident Teaching Awards, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1986 and 1990
Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Family Medicine, University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1988
The Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, November 1992
Distinguished Alumnus, 2001, Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California School of Medicine
General Medical Officer, U.S. Navy, 1970-1972
Veteran, Vietnam War
Traveled with Project Orbis to teach Guatemalan doctors advanced techniques in ophthalmology.
Research: Publications & Presentations
Brinkley, J.R. and Ryan, S.J., "Crystoid Macular Edema, Preretinal Membrane Formation and Macular Holes," in The Macula: A Comprehensive Text and Atlas, Yanuzzi, L.A., Gitter, K.A., and Schatz, H., Editors, The Williams and Wilkins Company, Baltimore, 1979.
Brinkley, J.R., Duboid, E.L., and Ryan, S.J., "Long-Term Course of Chloroquine Retinopathy After Cessation of Medication," Am. J. Ophthalmol. 88:1 (1979).
Brinkley, J.R., "Response of a Choroidal Metastasis to Multiple Drug Chemotherapy," Cancer 45:1538 (1980).
Brinkley, J.R. and Zappia, R.J., "An Eyelid Tumor Caused by a Migrated Hard Contact Lens," Ophthalmic Surgery 11:200 (1980).
Brinkley, J.R., "Poorly Differentiated Malignant Neoplasm of the Lung Presenting as Retinal Detachment," Annals Ophthalmol. 12:871 (1980).
Brinkley, J.R., "Flying After Vitreous Injection," (Letter to the Editor), Am. J. Ophthalmol. 90:580 (1980).
Reynard, M. and Brinkley, J.R., "Cavernous Sinus Syndrome Caused by Rhabdomyosarcoma," Annals Ophthalmol. 15:94 (1983).
Brinkley, J.R. and Acomb, T., "Simulated Blowout Fracture of the Orbit," Ophthalmic Surgery 14:499 (1983).
Brinkley, J.R. and Walonker, F., "Convergence Amplitude Insufficiency," Annals Ophthalmol. 15:826 (1983).
Brinkley, J.R. and Henrick, A., "Vascular Hypotension and Bradycardia Following Intraocular Injection of Acetylchloine During Cataract Surgery, "Am. J. Ophthalmol. 97:40 (1984).
Brinkley, J.R., "Emergency Management of Ocular Trauma," Topics in Emergency Medicine 6:35 (1984).
Dunn, S.A., Schwartz, D., Brinkley, J.R., and Wright, K.W., "Congenital Toxoplasmosis Presenting as Isolated Acute Chorioretinitis in the Neonate," J. Ped. Ophthalmol. Strabismus 25:30 (1988).
Wagner, W.H., Weaver, F.A., Brinkley, J.R., Borchert, M., and Lindsay, S.F., "Chronic Ocular Ischemia and Neovascular Glaucoma: A Result of Extracranial Carotid Artery Disease," J. Vasc. Surg. 8:551 (1988).
Brinkley, J.R., Jarus, G., and Ryan, S.J., A Case of Macular Detachment with Three Causative Factors," Am. J. Ophthalmol. 110:88 (1990).
Ober, R.J., Stout, J.T., Brinkley, J.R., Liggett, P.P., Murphree, A.L., and Ryan, S.J., "Multifocal Best's Disease: Extended Observation of Seven Cases", A.R.V.O. Abstract, 1992.
Brinkley, J.R., Dugel, P., and Rao, N.R., "Fluorescein Angiographic Findings in the Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome", Scientific Poster, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Annual Scientific Meeting, Dallas, Texas, November 8-12, 1992.
Brinkley, J.R. and Henrick, A., "Role of Extraocular Pressure in Open Globe Injury," Anesthesiology 100:1036 (2004).
James Brinkley, M.D. died at his home on February 19, 2005. Jim was a part of the South Orange County physician community for over 24 years, and he was instrumental in the creation and growth of South Coast Eye Care Centers.
Jim was born on May 8, 1943, and was raised in New York. He graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a degree in Chemistry in 1965, and he went on to receive a medical degree from New York University in 1969. After serving two years as a general medical officer in the U.S. Navy, he completed a residency in ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1975. Fellowship training in vitreo-retinal surgery brought him to the University of Southern California and the Doheny Eye Institute in the summer of 1975. After brief stops in Redlands, CA and Honolulu, HI, he settled into practice in the Laguna area in 1979.
Jim became a dedicated instructor of ophthalmology and rose to the level of Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Irvine. As a teacher, he was known and respected for his encyclopedic knowledge of ophthalmology.
Jim enjoyed reading, writing, fine dining, long walks and travel to Hawaii and New York. He was a deeply spiritual man, and as a friend, employer and physician, he will be missed tremendously. His friends, including the staff at South Coast Eye Care Center, and his surviving family are experiencing deep sorrow at this tragic loss.