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James W Felch, MD, PhD


Associate Professor

4.6 4.6 957 ratings

Insurance plans accepted

Insurance plans accepted

Areas of Expertise

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Blurred Vision
Cataract- Pediatric/Adults
Diabetic Retinopathy
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Board Certificates

Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology,


MD - Vanderbilt University
PhD - Vanderbilt University
Internship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Residency - Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Vanderbilt Eye Institute Franklin
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
4601 Carothers Parkway
Suite 450
Franklin, TN 37067

2311 Pierce Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232

Patient Comments

Patient Comments are gathered from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in full. Patients are not identified in order to respect patient privacy.
Xr Felch really cares about his patients.
Patient | February 14, 2017

Dr. Felch is excellent!
Patient | February 13, 2017

Patient | January 26, 2017

Patient | January 24, 2017

Good experience.
Patient | January 18, 2017

The doctor was awesome - he explained what was going on with my eyes and helped me understand. Thankfully, he reassured me that I had no eye problems; allergies and told me how to treat it.
Patient | January 17, 2017

The waiting time is the biggest frustration.
Patient | January 3, 2017

good Dr. but has a history of long wait times
Patient | December 28, 2016

Running so far behind in seeing patients is truly difficult as a patient. I don' know if I'll continue with his care.
Patient | November 22, 2016

I have already recommended Dr. Felch to a friend and she was going to call for an appointment.
Patient | November 21, 2016

Dr. Felch is an excellent provider for my vision care. I could not ask for a better doctor.
Patient | November 21, 2016

The place is always packed with patients waiting, and this visit was really backed up, long waits. However, the quality of expertise is better than a third world country.
Patient | November 9, 2016

everyone in office was very nice and well experienced
Patient | November 8, 2016

The only concern about referring is the long wait.
Patient | November 7, 2016

I appreciate Dr. Felch's professionalism and efficiency. I trust his diagnosis and recommendations.
Patient | November 7, 2016

Dr. Felch has been taking good care of my youngest son since he's been a teenager. We have followed him to this new office. He is the best eye Doctor!
Patient | November 7, 2016

Patient | October 31, 2016

As previously stated, I really think highly of Dr. Felch. He first hears your concerns and addresses each question making sure that you leave with a clear understanding of any issues or concerns raised with him. Also, there is minimal wait before seeing him. A great experience!
Patient | October 31, 2016

Spoke mostly to his assistant in unknown jargon, M.D. reserved, friendly, seemed in a hurry. Did not ask questions! Very routine (to him)...or make many comments i.e. condition of my eyes, any concerns, etc...disappointing.
Patient | October 24, 2016

I respect and trust Dr. Felch which is very important considering my diagnosis as glaucoma suspect. If I did not have confidence in him I would seek another doctor. He cares for three generations of my family and my husband now has an appointment with him.
Patient | October 19, 2016

The wait time in the reception room needs attention.
Patient | October 18, 2016

He has been my provider for many, many years. I have recommend him to many friends.
Patient | September 20, 2016

Long wait time, short time with Dr.
Patient | September 11, 2016

daughter's doctor takes good care of her so I started seeing him very please with his service and expertise and demeanor as a caring and sweet provider if he says it I believe it.
Patient | September 6, 2016

The doctor told me eyesight was getting worse because I'm getting older. Just what every woman wants to hear. And no mention of how my current medication, or the fact I may be in early menopause, might actually be affecting my eyesight.
Patient | September 5, 2016

I understand that Dr. Felch is one of the best in his field and I personally like him. His 'bedside' manner is very nice but my appt. was at 3:30 p.m. and I didn't get into his exam room until around 5:30 p.m. which means I didn't get out of his office until around 6:00 p.m. This has been my previous experience. While that may have to be the case with Dr. Felch, I commute from Murfreesboro and don't get home until 7:00 p.m. or later.
Patient | August 30, 2016

I think the location and load of this provider are the problem. I'll probably find someone easier to get to from Donelson and not so busy.
Patient | August 30, 2016

Because of the long wait time, I would not be recommending this provide to others.
Patient | August 23, 2016

I would highly recommend the doctor, he is concerned about the health/vision of his patients.
Patient | August 4, 2016

The doctor was not helpful or take me serious
Patient | August 2, 2016

Too many questions
Patient | August 1, 2016

I have recommended Dr. Felch to others
Patient | July 26, 2016

the doctor talked very fast and under his breath. he did not talk to me but talked to the nurse as if I wasn't there
Patient | July 25, 2016

Have been seeing Dr. Felch for over 35 years. Very happy with him
Patient | July 25, 2016

Dr. Felch is outstanding. He is an excellent role model (I am a physician, as well)
Patient | July 24, 2016

If I didn't trust Dr. Felch I would not of been coming for 10Yrs.
Patient | July 4, 2016

Doctor was very nice, helpful, but didn't spend very long with me.
Patient | July 1, 2016

Always friendly, informative and efficient.
Patient | June 30, 2016

Patient | June 30, 2016

I'd be happy to recommend Dr. Felch to others if I could do so knowing they would be seen promptly. as it stands currently, however, I would not send my friends to a medical office that does not respect the patient's time. in fact, I already warned others on social media.
Patient | June 28, 2016

. I'm only there once a year.
Patient | June 18, 2016

Dr. Richard L Hock is my primary physician and Dr. James W. Felch is my Opthomologist. This complete report is on Dr. Felch, only. I trust him thoroughly as I trust Dr. Hock.
Patient | June 14, 2016

Hopefully the next experience won't have as long a wait. The first thing in the am I don't expect a long wait, and if there is going to be one, they should tell you when you check in to let you adjust your appt if necessary.
Patient | June 13, 2016

great reassurance
Patient | June 9, 2016

never asked me if I had any issues; with Dr it is very quick: the nurses did excellent job of testing my eye vision
Patient | June 1, 2016

Vanderbilt Eye Institute is where I have been getting eye examinations for several years. This was a new doctor I had not seen before and he told me I needed glasses which has never been done before. He advised me to go to Milam's for the glasses. When the glasses were finished, I could see better without them. I was totally embarrassed and did not purchase the glasses. Needless to say, Milam's was not happy with me. This doctor visit totally confuses me and now I am reluctant to go to Vanderbilt Eye Institute again.
Patient | June 1, 2016

I was informed AFTER I checked in that Dr. Felch ALWAYS has about a one to 1 1/2 hour wait past my appointment time. It was acutely 2 1/2 horus. I will not be going back to him or referring him to anyone. This is unacceptable. I was there from 3:30 until 6 pm for a 8 minute eye exam. No thanks.
Patient | May 30, 2016

the wait time had me so worn out and frustrated, I didn't even want to listen much to what he had to say. he seemed knowledgeable, and was very kind and considerate, but made no apologies for my wait.
Patient | May 23, 2016

Dr. Felch cares about his patients and has always been kind and polite.
Patient | May 4, 2016

Would recommend him but warn about the wait.
Patient | May 3, 2016

Good doctor HORRIBLE wait time. He is too rushed as a result.
Patient | May 1, 2016

#1. Eye exam Dr. Felch.
Patient | May 1, 2016

This was an unusual experience. Dr. Felch did not seem his usual self. He spent all of 5 min. in the room & did not look at my eyes, like usual.
Patient | April 22, 2016

i wouldn't hesitate to recommend this physician
Patient | April 10, 2016

My appointment was an over-book. He didn't waste time, but I was not slighted.
Patient | April 5, 2016

I love physician but so not recommend Vanderbilt to anyone.
Patient | April 1, 2016

I came to Dr. Felch with a problem that is really acutely affecting my ability to perform tasks I need to perform. He performed an exam, did not find anything pathologic, and told me that he hoped it would resolve on its own and I should come back in a few months. He listened when I reinforced that I was struggling.
Patient | April 1, 2016

Patient | April 1, 2016

Was disappointed in the wait time
Patient | March 15, 2016

Dr. Felch is one of the best eye doctors I have ever had. Kind, considerate professional and very knowledgeable.
Patient | March 11, 2016

The only reason I might not recommend this provider is the extraordinary wait time past the scheduled appointment time.
Patient | March 7, 2016

Had to wait over an hour and a half from appointment time to be seen by the Doctor
Patient | February 29, 2016

Excellent Visit
Patient | February 28, 2016

Felch is very good. The eye clinic leaves much to be desired as far as wait times
Patient | February 22, 2016

I appreciated the provider help and the clinic efforts to schedule my visit the same day when an acute problem started. However, although my acute problem appeared to be resolved with medications provided during the visit, when raising concern about poor vision in my left eye (which arose during the time I was in treatment with the clinic and was confirmed through a vision test), I was told to wait 2 weeks and go back to the clinic to re-evaluate my vision, but when I returned, re-evaluation was not done, and after raising concern for my left eye I was told it was tired vision. Additional evaluation or follow-up was not offered. I had to schedule another visit the next day with another provider (not at VUMC) to evaluate the issue of poor vision in my left eye since this was affecting my nighttime driving.
Patient | February 15, 2016

good doctor, but not worth the wait for people who don't need anything other than routine eye exam
Patient | February 14, 2016

Dr. sent me to specialist - I appreciate that there was no ego involved - he did what was best for me
Patient | February 2, 2016

It's difficult for me to rate this provider after one short visit, but I did find Dr Felch to be quite friendly and nice. He explained things in terms I could understand and gave me time for remarks and questions.
Patient | January 18, 2016

We really like Dr. Felch we have been with him 20 yrs. or more.
Patient | January 14, 2016

Always Good.
Patient | January 5, 2016