Dr. Kundart received his BS in astronomy and astrophysics and BA in history from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993. He matriculated from Pacific University in 1999 with his doctorate in optometry, with distinction, and a master's of education, visual function in learning. He joined the faculty of the College of Optometry in 2005, where he teaches visual perception and new courses in ocular motility and nutritional optometry.
Dr. Kundart was in private practice for five years in Easton, Pa., where he specialized in primary care and low vision for the working poor and special needs children. Dr. Kundart is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.
He was named Clinical Faculty of the Year in 2007 and 2011, and Amigos Eye Care Doctor of the Year in 2008. James maintains the continuing education website for the College of Optometry, and is the national chair of the Informatics (educational technologies) SIG for the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. James is founding editor-in-chief of the new online journal, Health and Interprofessional Practice (HIP), and an active member of the Vision Performance Institute on campus.
Born in McAdoo, Pa., Dr. Kundart enjoys cycling and karaoke. James and his wife Alicks have a young son and share their home with a collection of rescued pets, including a cat with low vision.
What does he enjoy most about teaching at the College of Optometry?
"I relish staying up on the latest developments in functional vision, and putting them into practice in our clinics and classrooms. For example, in the visual perception class, our students are now learning how retinal functioning relates to modern diagnostic technologies, like optical coherence tomography. For the summer semester, we offer a new clinical ocular motility course to tie first-year neurology to third-year strabismus and amblyopia. Our students are also the first in the nation to learn Nutritional Optometry, one of our most popular elective courses that is part of the Pacific difference. In a nutshell, this Boxer enjoys thinking outside the box.”
Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, State University of New York, 2000
OD, Pacific University, 1999
MEd-VFL, Pacific University, 1999
BA, BS, Pennsylvania State University, 1993