James C. Orcutt M.D., Ph.D.

 James  C. Orcutt M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Orcutt was born and raised in Holyoke, Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He also went to the University…

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Patient Care Philosophy

As a faculty member at the University of Washington, I have had the honor and privilege of caring for our country's heroes, the veterans of military service. At the Seattle VA, the residents, fellows and faculty are taught not only about ophthalmology but also about what it means to dedicate one’s life to a purpose. Veterans are an honorable group who justly deserve the care, support and social interaction the VA provides.

Personal Interests

Dr. Orcutt lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife. He has 2 grown children currently living in the Northwest. His pastimes include motorcycle and automobile restoration, woodworking, collecting, miniature machining and needlepoint.

Clinical Interests

Neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastic surgery and orbital disease are his primary clinical interests.

Research Interests

Dr. Orcutt is currently focusing on administrative projects which include surgical supply and demand, operating room efficiency and system of care at the VA.


Univ. of Colorado School of MedicineMedical education1977
Hosp. for Sick Children (London)Fellowship
Moorfields Eye HospitalFellowship
National Hospital for Nervous DiseasesFellowship
UW - Dept. of OphthalmologyResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology1982
Dr. Orcutt was born and raised in Holyoke, Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. He also went to the University of Colorado School of Medicine for the M.D. and Ph.D. programs. He earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology. Following his internship, in 1978, at the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the UW, as well. He completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology and orbital diseases at The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England.

Dr. Orcutt has been the chief of ophthalmology at the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital since he joined the faculty in 1982. He has built the clinic from a two room clinic to the current 17 rooms with over 10 providers. In 1993, he became the national director for ophthalmology for the Department of Veterans Affairs. His administrative leadership has developed a strong national program in eye care and low vision care. He became a director of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 2003 completing his term in 2011 as chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He was a member of the ACGME Residency Review Board for Ophthalmology from 2004 to 2010. He left the position as national program director in 2011 and is now the VA chief of surgery for the 4 state region, which includes Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

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