Our Professional Staff

James M. Heltzer, M.D.

Dr. Heltzer has received specialty training in glaucoma and has extensive experience in glaucoma surgery and management, including laser surgery.  He is an accomplished cataract surgeon, specializing in small incision surgery with the latest toric and multifocal artificial lenses.

He was recently the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s national spokesperson for Glaucoma Awareness Month, is a featured physician on the Academy’s Ask An EyeMD, and serves as clinical correspondent for the AAO.  He is a member of the AAO Leadership Development Program and is on the Executive Board and is past President of the Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmology Society.  He also serves on The Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Committee, which creates the educational content for board recertification used by all ophthalmologists in United States.

Dr. Heltzer is a surgical and clinical instructor for residents and medical students at the Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center Ophthalmology Residency program, and is a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology.  Dr. Heltzer has co-authored chapters and sections in several texts including Becker-Shaffer’s Diagnosis and Therapy of the Glaucoma and The Ophthalmology Review Handbook. He is recognized by his peers as a Washingtonian Top Doctor and Washington Post Super Doctor, by his patients through Angie’s List and Consumer Checkbook, and nationally by America’s Top Ophthalmologists for glaucoma and cataract surgery.



Omar Chaudhary, M.D.

Dr. Chaudhary is a board certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in corneal and ocular surface disorders. His expertise is in treating Dry Eye Syndrome, Sjogrens Disease, and corneal transplantation. He is an accomplished cataract surgeon and utilizes the latest techniques including ‘dropless’ cataract surgery, astigmatism correcting toric, and multifocal lenses.

He completed his undergraduate studies from Duke University graduating with distinction and a double major in Biology and Economics before proceeding to Yale University for medical school and Ophthalmology residency. He then completed his fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at world-renowned Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California before starting at Champlain Ophthalmology in 2012.

Dr. Chaudhary has authored multiple publications in scientific journals and presented his research at ophthalmology conferences nationwide. He has also served as a manuscript reviewer for the BMC Ophthalmology Journal and is a featured physician in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Ask An EyeMD program. He has also lectured to other eye doctors in the Washington D.C. area on the treatment of corneal diseases.

In his free time, he serves as the Executive Director of the ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network, a free medical clinic in Northern Virginia, and he has been featured in the Washington Post for his charity medical care. He also is an avid snowboarder and GoPro enthusiast. Unfortunately, he continues to root for the Duke University basketball team.

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Julia F. Malalis, M.D.

Dr. Malalis is a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist with additional subspecialty training in uveitis.  In addition to performing cataract surgery, she has clinical expertise in the diagnosis and medical management of ocular inflammatory conditions.   She also performs comprehensive exams, diabetic eye exams, and glaucoma screening.

She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Biological Sciences and then received her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  Dr. Malalis completed her ophthalmology residency at Loyola University Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident.  She then completed a clinical uveitis fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.   Dr. Malalis has co-authored articles in journals including Ocular Immunology and Inflammation and Neuro-ophthalmology, and has contributed to book chapters on the management of uveitis.