Dr James Elder graduated from medicine at University of Melbourne in 1981. He undertook Ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 1987.

He undertook further advanced training in paediatric and genetic ophthalmology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Dr Elder is an ophthalmologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital (where he was Director of the Department of Ophthalmology from 1994 to 2009). His surgical expertise covers most areas of paediatric ophthalmology including: infant cataract, childhood glaucoma, strabismus oculoplastics and management of retinoblastoma.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics of the University of Melbourne with publications in a wide variety of areas related to paediatric and genetic ophthalmology.  He is the author of 46 peer reviewed journal articles and 8 book chapters.