James Z. Lai M.D.
Dr. Lai is a native of Taiwan. He came to the United States at the age of eight and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dr. Lai attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors. He then attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, graduating with Alpha Omega Alpha honors in 1992.
Dr. Lai returned to Texas for residency in ophthalmology at Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lai remained at Children’s National Medical Center as an assistant professor from 1997 until 1999 when he again returned to Texas to join Houston Eye Associates.
Dr. Lai is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is a member of The American Academy of Ophthalmology and The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
Dr. Lai is married to Dr. Jenny Lai, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. They are proud parents of Tommy and Emma. Dr. Lai’s interests include golf, travel, photography and raising his two beautiful kids.