Jacqueline Davis, O.D., M.P.H.

Optometric Educator of the Year

Jacqueline Davis, O.D., M.P.H. After a distinguished career as a private practitioner, Jacqueline Davis, O.D., M.P.H., decided to combine her passion for optometry with her desire to educate the next generation of eye care professionals. Dr. Davis' service to her students and the profession led to her selection as the 2016 Optometric Educator of the Year.

After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1981, she opened her private practice on the north side of Columbus, Ohio. She eventually managed more than 5,000 active case files. In 2002, Dr. Davis began supervising third- and fourth-year interns in the primary vision care, ocular disease and contact lens clinics at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. This prompted her interest in academia and public health. She eventually enrolled in the university's executive public health program and received her master's degree in public health (M.P.H.) in 2009.

As she completed her M.P.H., the university had an opening for a clinical faculty position. Dr. Davis was accepted for the teaching position in 2008 and eventually became an associate professor of clinical optometry in 2012.

Today, she teaches two important didactic classes: one on the introduction of anterior segment disease and the other on advanced ocular diseases. Most importantly, Dr. Davis serves as a mentor for optometry students, especially underrepresented minority students.

Additionally, Dr. Davis plays a key role as clinic chief of the optometry clinic at the Lower Lights Christian Center in inner-city Columbus. Here, she instructs and supervises optometry students during their senior extern rotations.

Dr. Davis' academic activities extend beyond the classroom and clinic. She is the co-advisor of the university's National Optometric Student Association chapter, which won the School of the Year award from the National Optometric Association in 2014. She figures prominently in the university's annual three-day-in-residence "summer camp—Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (IDOC)—for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The university counts 23 IDOC graduates from 2007-2013 enrolled in nine different optometry schools/colleges, and nine have already graduated.