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 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.


Undergraduate: Brown University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Residency: California Pacific Medical Center

Glaucoma Fellowship: Tufts University/Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston

6720A Rockledge Dr, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20817

Working Hours
Monday           8am – 4pm
Tuesday          8am – 4pm
Wednesday     8am – 4pm
Thursday         8am – 4pm
Friday              8am – 4pm