James G. Brooks, Jr. M.D.
Dr. Brooks completed his undergraduate degree in 1983 at LSU Baton Rouge, and was the Outstanding Graduate from LSU Medical Center in Shreveport in 1987. Internship and Ophthalmology Residency were performed at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he was honored to be selected as Chief Resident for 1990-1991. Dr. Brooks is a fellowship-trained Cornea/Anterior Segment Specialist, completing the additional training at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia in 1992. He is Columbus’ most experienced anterior segment surgeon, receiving patients from across the region.
He is actively involved in leadership of professional committees and societies. He has served as Councilor, Treasurer, and President of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, President of the Muscogee County Medical Society, Delegate to the Medical Association of Georgia, and as the Georgia Councilor to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
His practice includes general and specialty ophthalmology with interest and emphasis on:
- Diseases and surgery of the cornea, including transplantation
- Cataract and lens implant surgery including advanced technology lens implants
- Laser refractive surgery (LASIK/PRK)
- Corneal infections and complications of contact lens wear.
Community activities are important to Dr. Brooks, and he has served the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Young Life of Columbus, and Lifeline Children’s Services Foster/Adoption. He volunteers and serves on the Board at Mercy Med Clinic and on the College of Education and Health Professions Advisory Council at Columbus State University.
International missions include annual trips to the Lighthouse for Christ in Mombasa, Kenya (member, Board of Directors), and other locations. Dr. Brooks served in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps. His family attends Mid Tree Church in Columbus.
Dr. Brooks’ family includes his wife Anne Marie and children: Meghan, a Physician Assistant, Drew, an attorney, and Libby, an Ophthalmic Assistant. His interests include running distance events, making old things new, and reading; and he remains grateful to have lived in Columbus since 1994.