Paul C. Ajamian, O.D.

Paul C. Ajamian, O.D.

Paul C. Ajamian, O.D., of Georgia, a 1980 graduate of the New England College of Optometry, became one of the first optometrists to participate in a post-graduate fellowship program at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) in Miami, Florida.

Following his post-graduate disease training, he remained at BPEI as director of the Optometric Externship and Fellowship Programs. In 1982, Dr. Ajamian left Bascom Palmer to help start the Visual Education Foundation (VEF) optometric referral center, now known as Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. Dr. Ajamian helped pioneer the co-management center concept, engaged community optometrists to share in the post-surgical care of their patients, and encouraged them to become active participants in their patients' medical care through hands-on and didactic clinical training. He has mentored doctors of optometry from across the country to open and run similar centers.

Dr. Ajamian serves on the faculty of 14 schools and colleges of optometry. He also founded and serves as the director of the Omni Residency in Ocular Disease, a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) affiliated and Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited program, now in its 32nd year.

Dr. Ajamian has been invited to lecture at more than 1,000 meetings across the country and globally over the past 30 years. An author of two textbooks and his monthly column, "Clinical Quandaries," has been running in Review of Optometry since 1999.

In his home state of Georgia, Dr. Ajamian has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Chapter of the American Diabetic Association. An active member of the Georgia Optometric Association (GOA), Dr. Ajamian has served as GOA Continuing Education (CE) chair (1990 to 2000), PAC chair (1992 to 1998) and Legislative chair (1993 to 2000), and as GOA president from 2000 to 2001. While serving in these roles, he was instrumental in passing bills related to glaucoma and oral medication expansion, and the Direct Access to Eyecare Act, along with increasing GOA membership significantly. Dr. Ajamian was the GOA's Young Optometrist of the Year (1985 to 1986), Optometrist of the Year (1993 to 1994), and the first recipient of the Georgianne Bearden Excellence in Leadership Award.

Dr. Ajamian has volunteered a great deal of time to the American Optometric Association (AOA), serving as chair of the AOA's Task Force on Radial Keratotomy and the Committee on Vision Screenings (2003 to 2004). He has also served as a member of the AOA's Glaucoma Advisory Project Team (2005 to 2006) and the Diabetes Eye Care Project Team (2006 to 2007). In 2009, he was appointed by the AOA as a founding member of the American Board of Optometry, and served as chair from 2012 to 2014.  Under his leadership, almost 3,000 optometrists became board certified as Diplomates.

In 2014, Dr. Ajamian was awarded the AOA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.