Meet James E. Memmen, M.D.



World-Renown Ophthalmologist Serving Green Bay, Appleton and the Fox Valley

Dr. James Memmen has practiced ophthalmology since 1988 in Green Bay and Appleton. He was even a consulting ophthalmologist for the Green Bay Packers for 9 years!
As a world-renowned ophthalmologist, he has many years of expertise, and we’re lucky to have him in the Fox Valley. Here’s our eye doctor’s full background:
1543 Park Place
Green Bay, WI 54304



Born: Waukegan, Illinois
Degrees: B.S. University of Illinois
  M.D. Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL

Post Graduate Training

Internship: Internal Medicine, Portsmouth Naval Hospital
Portsmouth, Virginia
Residency:: Ophthalmology, Naval Hospital
Bethesda, Maryland
Fellowship: Glaucoma, The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
John Hopkins Medical Institutions
Baltimore, Maryland

Clinical Appointments

James E. Memmen, M.D. Limited, Green Bay & Appleton WI
January 2007 – Present
St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI
Chairman, EENT Specialty Surgery
January 2002-2005
Prevea Health Services, Inc., Green Bay, WI
Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
June 1998 – January 2007
BayCare Surgery Center, LLC, Green Bay, WI
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, & Attending Physician
May 1994 – March 1998
Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay, WI
Attending Physician
May 1988 – Present
St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI
Attending Physician
May 1988 – Present
Green Bay Eye Clinic, Green Bay, WI
May 1988 – March 1998
Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Director Glaucoma Service & Attending Physician
October 1986 – May 1988
Victory Hospital, Waukegan, IL
Emergency Services Attending
1982 – 1983
Recruit Training Command Clinic, Great Lakes, IL
Senior Medical Officer
1982 – 1983

Academic Appointments

February 1988 – Present

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology

September 1984 – February 1988
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Instructor of Surgery, Ophthalmology

September 1984 – December 1988
Uveitis Services, National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD
Research Fellow

July 1983 – July 1985
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Teaching Fellow


American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Innovators Award, 2003
American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, 2002


U.S. Patent No. 5,370,607
“Glaucoma Implant Device and Method for Implanting”
U.S. Patent No. 7,160,264
“Glaucoma Implant Device and Method for Implanting”


Diplomat of National Board of Medical Examiners
Fellow: American Board of Ophthalmology
Fellow: American Academy of Ophthalmology


Research Consultant for the following Companies:
  Bausch & Lomb, Inc. (Storz)
  American Hospital Products Inc.
  Allergan Inc.
  Merck & Co. Inc.
  Mentor Corporation
  CIBA VISION Corporation, a Novartis AG company
  Alcon, a Novartis AG company
  STAAR Surgical Company
  Optonol Ltd.
Medical Director/Principal Investigator, Mentor Memory Lens
Wisconsin Patient Compensation Fund
Ophthalmic Consultant
Green Bay Packers Organization, Green Bay, WI
Ophthalmic Consultant
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Consultant, National Eye Institute
Postgraduate Course of Ophthalmology
Faculty Member, Washington, DC
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
Consultant, Division of Ophthalmic Pathology
Food & Drug Administration, Rockville, MD

Professional Societies

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Brown County Medical Society
State Medical Society of Wisconsin
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Counselor, 1999 – 2005
Brown County Medical Society
President, 2000
Board of Directors, 1995 – 2000
Wisconsin Chapter of National Society to Prevent Blindness
Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1992 – 1994
Board of Directors, 1987 – 1995
Wisconsin- Upper Michigan Ophthalmological Society
President, 1992
Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology
President, 1992 – 1995
Board of Directors, 1991 – Present
Wisconsin State Medical Society
Delegate, 1995 – 1999


“Postoperative localized opacification of the new MemoryLens design: analyses of the explant”, B Hunter, L Werner, James E. Memmen, M.D., N Manalis, J Cataract Refract Surgery, September 2005, 31(9): 1936-1940
“Evaluating hydrophilic acrylic lenses”, James E. Memmen, M.D., J Cataract Refract Surgery, March 2002, 28(3): 383
“Spontaneous disengagement of the Optimed Implant,” David D. Kim, M.D., James E. Memmen, M.D., Archives of Ophthalmology, November 1996, 114(11), 1420-1421
“Corneal endothelial toxic effect secondary to fluorouracil needle bleb revision,” S Chalfin, James E. Memmen, M.D., Archives of Ophthalmology, September 1995, 113 (9), 1093-1094
“Use pf 5-Fluorouracil in Management of Patients with Encapsulated Filtering Blebs”,
James E Memmen, M.D., American Journal of Ophthalmology, 110, 565-569
“Light Emissions of Ophthalmic Instruments: An FDA Evaluation of Safety”, James E. Memmen, M.D., Owen Ellingson, M.S., Archives of Ophthalmology 180: 104-107, 1990
“Long-term Outcome of Patients Undergoing Iridocyclectomy”, James E. Memmen, M.D., Ian W. McLean, M.D., Ophthalmology, 97: 429-432, April 1990
“Combined Cataract Extraction and Trabeculectomy”, D.L. McCartney, James E. Memmen, M.D., W.J. Stark, H.A. Quigley, A.E. Maumenee, J.D. Gotsch, C. Auer, J. Fenton, K. Pratzer, Ophthalmology, 95, 754-763, June 1988
“Cataract Extraction in Glaucoma Patients”, D.L. McCartney, James E. Memmen, M.D.,
W.J. Stark, H.A. Quigley, A.E. Maumenee, J.D. Gottsch, C. Auer, J. Fenton, K. Pratzer, In Surgical Management of Coexisting Glaucoma & Cataract, Greve EL (Ed) Kugler Publications, Ghedini Editor, Amsterdam/Berkly, pp 1-16, 1987
“Current Management of Cataracts in Patients with Glaucoma”, D.L. McCartney, W.J. Stark, James E Memmen, M.D., H.A. Quigley, A.E. Maumenee, J.D. Gottsch, J. Fenton, K. Pratzer, Symposium of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting, February 1987
“Familial Congenital Fourth Cranial Nerve Palsies”, David J. Harris Jr., M.D., James E. Memmen, M.D., Norman N.K. Katz, M.D., F.A.C.E., Marshall M. Parks, M.D., Ophthalmology, 93: 88-90, January 1986


Since 1985, James E. Memmen, M.D. has traveled the United States giving lectures on ocular care, diseases, diagnosis, trauma, and surgery. These lectures include audiences of his professional peers, medical students and instructors, the White House staff, and military personnel.
Dr. Memmen is considered a leading expert in cataract and glaucoma diagnosis and treatment among ophthalmologists around the world and regularly presents papers and lectures throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia including such organizations as: the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American & European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the Society of French Ophthalmologists, and German Ophthalmic Surgeons.
Be treated by the best ophthalmologist in the Fox Cities.
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Tribute to Dr. Memmen
A Poem by Beatrice B. Wirch, Patient 

People generally face advancing age with a negative view
And those who look forward to it are just a few.

Certain functional parts of our bodies begin to lose agility
To the point where their efforts suggest inability.

Teeth generally have to be supplemented or replaced
And wrinkles appear everywhere – even on one’s face.

As long as we can see most everything that is important to us
We aren’t inclined to become negative or to fuss.

During each moment we are awake we need our eyes
As our servants to behold all things from earth to the skies.

What a thrill it is to have something pleasant to see
Whether an admired face, some special food or just green tea.

When we learn that our ocular ability is starting to decline
It becomes a big problem and we can’t help but whine.

What a relief then to learn of a practicing ophthalmologist
Who, in addition, is a willing and clever psychologist.

His name is James Memmen, whose reputation is well known
For the help to vision seekers he is reputed to have shown.

He is adept at solving the tragic loss of one’s sight
And knows all the procedures needed to make things right.

His attitude is professional, that is very true
But one immediately senses his interest in “You.”

Beatrice B. Wirch
April, 1999

“We truly have a world class eye expert in Green Bay and Appleton.  I can honestly say he has saved my vision.  Dr. Memmen offers a specialized treatment that many providers cannot.  He is a patent holder in the procedure, worked with the company as they developed the implants and gives presentations on the technique all over the world.  He came through for me when medications and laser options had been used and were no longer effective.  When I had some post surgery discomfort, Dr. Memmen went out of his way and met me at his office when it was closed on a Saturday morning. 
I completely trust Dr. Memmen’s care of my eyes.”
– Vince Newberry, Menasha, WI