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James Kempton, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science; Associate Director of Yale-New Haven Hospital Ophthalmology Program, Ophthalmology; Associate Director of Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program; Director, Eye Care Services, VA CT; Vice Chair of Veteran Affairs, Ophthalmology & Visual Science

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James Kempton, MD

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Ophthalmology

    P.O. Box 208061

    New Haven, CT 06520-8061

    United States



Dr. James E. Kempton joined the Yale University School of Medicine in July of 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology specializing in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retina Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors at The Ohio State University where he stayed and completed his medical school in 1997. He did his Internship in a Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Program at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He completed his first residency in the Yale University Internal Medicine Primary Care Program. Dr. Kempton then completed a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael before working as a hospitalist for two years in Connecticut.

Dr. Kempton returned for a second residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University. In his senior year, he served as the first full-time Chief Resident in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. At the completion of the three year program, he was recognized and honored by the faculty with the Marvin L. Sears Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Kempton remained at the Yale Eye Center where he completed a two-year fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases and Retinal Surgery. Dr. Kempton is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. He is the current Director of Eye Care Services at the West Haven Veterans Administration in addition to his appointment at Yale University. He will also serve as the Associate Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program assisting Dr. Chow and the Associate Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship Director assisting Dr. Stoessel in continuing the high level of excellence in education.

Dr. Kempton offers the full range of laser and vitreo-retinal surgery. He has an interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, macular holes, and vitreo-retinal diseases associated with trauma. His research interests include vitreo-retinal diseases and surgery as well as the systems approaches in the delivery of medical education. Dr. Kempton is available for consultation and referrals regarding all disorders involving the retina and vitreous or related conditions.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Ohio State University (1997)
  • Resident
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine

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